Archive for June 2008

DAILY RAYS OF SUNSHINE

June 3, 2008

BILL CLINTON CALLS VANITY FAIR REPORTER A SCUMBAG…TMZ HAS BUBBA BANGING GINA GERSHON UPDATE

Gershon denies doinking Clinton. TMZ has the original story and the document asking for an apology..

Vanity Fair just published a pretty scandalous story about Prez Bill Clinton. The demand letter claims the article “outrageously insinuates that Ms. Gershon has had an inappropriate sexual relationship with President Clinton. This is absolutely false.”

The letter demands “a retraction and correction.”

Gershon’s lawyers from the bulldog firm Lavely & Singer noted that “Gershon has only been in the same room as President Clinton on three occasions,” all with many others present. The lawyers take a shot at Vanity Fair, claiming, “Rumor-mongering was substituted for fact-checking.” 

Bill Clinton: Loses it about writer Purdum 

 

CBS PULLS NICE RATINGS HAUL FOR MMA SHOW

Key Men Demos Soar in Final 21 Minutes:  4.1 in Men 18-34, 4.0 in Men 18-49, 4.3 in Men 25-54

Ratings for the final 51 minutes of CBS’s inaugural CBS ELITEXC SATURDAY NIGHT FIGHTS mixed martial arts broadcast (11:00-11:51 PM, ET/PT), which were unavailable Sunday, delivered an average audience of 6.12 million viewers, according to updated Nielsen live plus same day ratings for Saturday, May 31.

The audience peaked at 6.51 million viewers from 11:30-11:51 PM which featured the night’s main event—Kimbo Slice’s victory over James Thompson.

Among key men demographics, the broadcast peaked from 11:30-11:51 PM with a 4.1 rating in men 18-34, 4.0 rating in men 18-49 and 4.3 rating in men 25-54.

The addition of the final 51 minutes lifted ratings for the entire broadcast. CBS ELITEXC SATURDAY NIGHT FIGHTS (S) (9:00-11:51 PM) delivered a 3.0/06 with 4.85m viewers, 2.2/07 in both adults 25-54 and adults 18-49, 2.3/09 in adults 18-34, 3.1/09 in men 25-54, 3.0/10 in men 18-49 and 3.2/12 in men 18-34.  In the 9:00-11:00 PM time slot, CBS was first in the adults and men demographics, second in both households and viewers. 

Compared to CBS’s 9:00-11:00 PM regularly scheduled programming on Saturday during the 2007-08 season, CBS was up +16% in adults 25-54 (from 1.9/05), +57% in adults 18-49 (from 1.4/04), +156% in adults 18-34 (from 0.9/03), +121% in men 25-54 (from 1.4/04), +173% in men 18-49 (from 1.1/03) and +357% in men 18-34 (from 0.7/03). 

BOXING KNOWLEDGE AMONGST SOME WRITERS IS HORRIFIC

Anyone who watched that Kimbo-Thompson couldn’t walk away thinking Slice has a future in boxing. I don’t care how many times Gary Shaw says Kimbo could challenge for the heavyweight…I don’t believe. His stamina isn’t up to snuff. And who knows what his punching power would be like wearing the 8 or 10 oz. pillow gloves?

It’s a real slap in the face to suggest Kimbo would even compete against a top 10 light heavyweight. Yet the Miami Herald’s Santos Perez says Kimbo should try Wladimir Klitschko on for size..

Could Slice be the force that revives heavyweight boxing?

Name recognition alone will create a buzz among boxing enthusiasts and casual observers alike if Slice becomes a boxer. Even a segment of the young demographic base loyal to MMA might follow Slice’s departure from cage to ring.

Slice has two redeeming qualities that have been prevalent throughout boxing history but are lacking in today’s heavyweight crop: punch and personality. For all of Wladimir Klitschko’s positive attributes, American fans are not captivated by arguably the best of the active heavyweights.

Boxing experts could argue that the 6-foot-2 Slice might have trouble cutting the reach of the 6-6 Klitschko, but Slice showed his shots can fell taller opponents, such as the 6-4 Thompson.  

HAS ASHLEE SIMPSON CAUGHT HER SISTER? PLASTIC SURGERY WORK HAS DONE WONDERS, SHE’S HOT!

Of course, she’s pregnant and may be hooked up for the short term with Pete Wentz. But she is no longer the ugly step-sister.

HAD TO THROW IN A PHOTO OF THE “FAT” KARDASHIAN, KHLOE AT THE PALMS PLACE OPEN. SHE’S WITH FORMER IDOL CONTESTANT, CONSTANTIN. WHAT HAPPENED TO JUST 15 MINUTES OF FAME? THIS PIC COULD BE A CANDIDATE FOR HOTCHICKSWITHDOUCHEBAGS.COM

Constantin has a long way to go before he can match 2007’s DB’s of the Year

ARE WE SURE THE CHICAGO TRIBUNE IS MORE REPUTABLE THAN ANY ASSHAT DOING AN NBA BLOG?

This is a gem. What are the odds of this trade going down?

Dwyane Wade says he keeps hearing his name mentioned in trade rumors involving the Bulls and Miami Heat. Would the Bulls give up the No. 1 draft position to the Heat in exchange for Wade and the No. 2 overall selection? Or some combination of other players and picks?

Would the Bulls make this trade? Better question…why would they even wait two seconds to respond? YES!!!!.

Looking back to 1970 and the NBA’s No. 1 picks. I could only find Magic Johnson (1979), Hakeem Olajuwon (1984), David Robinson (1987), Shaquille O’Neal (1992), Tim Duncan (1997), LeBron James (2003), Dwight Howard (2005) and Greg Oden (2007) as guys who were untouchable. That’s 8-of-38.

Knowing what all these guys turned out to be, I trade everyone one of them in the No. 1 slot for the 26 .y.o Wade and the No. 2 pick..Bob Lanier (1970), Austin Carr (1971), LaRue Martin (1972), Doug Collins (1973), Bill Walton (1974), David Thompson (1975), John Lucas (1976), Kent Benson (1977), Mychal Thompson (1978), Joe Barry Carroll (1980), Mark Aguirre (1981), James Worthy (1982), Ralph Sampson (1983), Patrick Ewing (1985), Brad Daugherty (1986), Danny Manning (1988), Pervis Ellison (1989), Derrick Coleman (1990), Larry Johnson (1991), Webber (1993), Glenn Robinson (1994), Joe Smith (1995), Allen Iverson (1996), Michael Olowokandi (1998), Elton Brand (1999), Kenyon Martin (2000), Kwame Brown (2001), Yao (2002), Andrew Bogut (2004) and Andrea Bargnani (2006).

MMA WINS!! ESPN EXPLODES TODAY OVER ELITEXC ON CBS

June 2, 2008

JIM ROME TALKS SLICE, THE EAR AND WEC

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NFL LIVE TALKS MMA!!!!

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LEBETARD TALKS ELITE XC, KORNHEISER COMFY COMING OFF AS AN 87 Y.O.

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FOXNEWS’ BRIAN KILMEADE ON NETWORK DEBUT OF MMA

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Shame on Kilmeade, who was the voice of UFC way back at the beginning. He switched over to straight news years ago. Remember, he also did a weekend radio gig with Sporting News Radio.

His claim of the ground-game “will kill the sport” is silly. Worse yet, is his statement that Kimbo should be a boxer. Brian, what were you watching?

AN IRATE REF, DAN MIRAGLIOTTA RESPONDS TO MEDIA/FAN CLAIMS OF FIGHT FIXING AND A CBS’ AGENDA

June 2, 2008

Big Dan was excellent as always. The ref, who was in there for 4-of-5 televised fights, reacts to critics saying the Kimbo-Thompson stoppage was “controversial.”

He also explained exactly what Scott Smith said after the Robbie Lawler eye poker and why the fight was stopped. He claimed Smith also had a broken foot.

Miragliotta threw in a nugget about Phil Baroni. He said Baroni’s entrance was a profane disaster. Dan’s young kids were ringside and had to listen to the “New York Ass” grab his groin and talk about his c*ck and f*cking.

Dan’s a big dude at 6-foot-4, 296 lbs. Thank god, he’s the only ref who could probably take a face slap from James Thompson and shrug it off (Herb Dean probably could too). Big Dan said Thompson had no idea where he was when the fight against Kimbo was stopped. He thought he was still fighting when he pushed the ref in the face. He said the same went for the “New York Ass,” who was grabbing Big Dan’s leg as the fight was stopped.

As for the fight fixing claims and CBS’ agenda in stopping the Lawler-Smith fight early, Miragliotta called major bullsh*t.

CLICK HERE FOR THE AUDIO (interview at the top of the page)

DAILY RAYS OF SUNSHINE

June 2, 2008

BEST FEMALE “ATHLETE” IN THE WORLD

Meet WSOP’s newest star, Vanessa Ruosso.

MORE MEDIA TAKES ON ELITE XC ON CBS PLUS KIMBO POST-FIGHT VIDEO

June 1, 2008

This one is befuddling…N.Y. Times thought the Kimbo fight was great and Smith-Lawler was dull..

The next bout, between Robbie Lawler and Scott Smith, was a dull affair. The officials stopped it in the third round after what they deemed an accidental foul — Smith took a thumb in his right eye — and the bout was declared a no contest. But that fight was quickly forgotten when Slice stole the show.

MORE NEWSPAPER COVERAGE OF ELITE XC ON CBS

USATODAY: CBS’ black eye, Despite victory, Kimbo Slice has long battle to prove legitimacy, Foray into MMA gives CBS optimism.

L.A. TIMES: MMA show with Kimbo Slice scores big in Los Angeles

ROCHESTER DEM: The ratings for the first EliteXC show on CBS in primetime Saturday night will be interesting 

WASHINGTON TIMES, NOT HAPPY: Those who tuned in last night to watch CBS’ Elite XC Saturday Night Fights witnessed one of the greatest sporting spectacles in the history of organized competition. Not. 

VARIETY: CBS punches Saturday ratings, mixed-martials arts strikes blow for network

FT. WORTH STAR-TELEGRAM: Slice won, but was it a win for MMA on CBS?

SMALLEST PAPER EVER..ROCKY MOUNT TELEGRAM: The pro fighting game today is ignorant and vile, unlike the past.

Awesome job by MMARated.com.  

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DANA WHITE CRACKS ON CBS SHOW

June 1, 2008

Bryan Burwell doesn’t like MMA

ELITE XC ON CBS, FLOP OR SUCCESS?

June 1, 2008

The live event drew 8,033 not quite the 19,000 Gary Shaw had mentioned a month ago.

The biggest test of success is in the ratings. CBSSports.com Sam Caplan has an early look at the ratings but says Tuesday is the day of truth. That’s when the late starting Kimbo fight will be accounted for….

The 9:00-11:00PM portion of CBS ELITEXC SATURDAY NIGHT FIGHTS (2.7/05, 4.30m) was first in adults 25-54 (1.9/06), adults 18-49 (1.9/06), adults 18-34 (1.9/07), men 25-54 (2.6/08), men 18-49 (2.5/08) and men 18-34 (2.6/10).

GEORGE WILLIS FROM THE N.Y. POST wasn’t impressed with Kimbo.

He also reported that the folks at the Rock who bought expensive tickets got jobbed when Elite XC officiails allowed fans in the upper deck to fill in the empty spots in the lower bowl….

It was an unspectacular ending to a long evening. Just before going on the air, the fans in the upper-level seats were encouraged to move down and occupy the empty seats on the lower level. It couldn’t have made those who paid $1,000 for their tickets happy to see the $25 ticket-holders sitting next to them, but by then it was all about how it looked on television.

YAHOO’S KEVIN IOLE THOUGHT CBS DID A DISSERVICE TO MMA

There was more chatting than “The Tonight Show.” Fighters were introduced as they made long, slow walks to the cage, then were introduced again once they hit the cage. Given that the show went 45 minutes over its allotted time, what do you want to bet the ring walks will be eliminated if there is another show on CBS?

While it was mostly C-level talent on display, the fighters by and large held up their end of the bargain. Brett Rogers delivered a one-punch knockout of one-time Syracuse linebacker Jon Murphy in just 1:01 in the first fight of the night.

After glorifying loutish middleweight Phil Baroni as some sort of star – ignoring the fact he’d lost three of his last four and was just a decidedly mediocre 10-9 coming in – CBS looked bad when he was knocked out in 1:11 by Joe Villasenor.

As it was, Slice struggled his way to a sloppy third-round knockout of a complete tomato can.

You can’t blame Slice, because he had no business being in a main event of a mixed martial arts bout at this stage of his progression. It takes years of training and sacrifice to reach the main event in MMA and Slice was only there because of the notoriety he’d gained in his YouTube street brawls.

DAVE DOYLE TALKS ABOUT THE BOXING-LIKE CONFRONTATION AT THE POST-FIGHT PRESSER

Fellow heavy Brett Rogers though Kimbo tapped showed his displeasure during the presser…

And fellow fighter Brett Rogers wasn’t impressed. “I gotta be real,” said the unbeaten heavyweight. “I thought you tapped.”

Kimbo shot up out of his seat and said “that sounds like a challenge,” giving Rogers his trademark glare. A couple dozen people got in between the two fighters before the two could brawl backyard style.

Slice’s posse spent the next several minutes staring at Rogers, but Rogers wasn’t the only person raising questions after Slice took some time to beat his British opponent, who came into the night a loser in five of his seven previous fights.

KIMBO PART I

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KIMBO PART II

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GINA CARANO v. KAITLIN YOUNG

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JOEY VILLASENOR v. PHIL BARONI

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BRETT ROGERS V. JON MURPHY

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