WWE Network Launches

The wait is over and it is finally time for me, and most of you too I imagine, to relive our childhood and adolescence by streaming from the newly launched WWE Network, letting you enjoy the best of the history of the WWF/WWE for $9.99/mo

The wait is over and it is finally time for me, and most of you too I imagine, to relive our childhood and adolescence by streaming from the newly launched WWE Network, letting you enjoy the best of the history of the WWF/WWE for $9.99/mo

I am looking forward to spending a majority of my upcoming evening watching the Undertaker v. Mankind Hell In A Cell Match. undoubtedly the greatest match ever, on something better than YouTube for the first time since it aired.

Here’s to hoping a majority of the Attitude Era is available for streaming. And respect to the crew at MLB Advanced Media for the technology and infrastructure to bring this to fruition

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The Best Wrestling Article I Can Remember

Cena’s well-anticipated victory was one of the most anti-climactic passing of the torches I’ve ever witnessed, I had a difficult time figuring out why, perhaps from lack of paying attention to wrestling for the past decade, but the crew over at Grantland presents this article outlining the challenges the WWE faces with Cena quite eloquently.

No qualms over the fact I was a loyal follower of WWF/WWE during the Attitude Era of 1998-2001, I suppose it is out of sheer inertia that I ended up watching Wrestlemania 29 this past Sunday. Having not kept up with professional wrestling the past few years I ended up pulling for who I remembered, Triple H (now aged 43), and obviously The Rock (age 40).

All details aside, John Cena had a well-anticipated victory was one of the most anti-climactic passing of the torches I’ve ever saw, I had a difficult time figuring out why, perhaps from lack of paying attention to wrestling for the past decade, but the crew over at Grantland presents this article outlining the challenges the WWE faces with Cena quite eloquently.

When WWE pretends its narrative is working when it’s clearly not, its dishonesty affects how people view its product. If we can’t even be sure that heroes are heroes anymore, then what’s the point of cheering? [*]

John Cena, WrestleMania 29, and WWE’s Perception Problem [via Grantland]

Mike Tyson Interviewed on NPR

Tyson is an individual who has experienced both extremes of the human emotional spectrum, and the way in which he speaks gives an air of humility and sincerity that is unmatched by many people who share about their successes.

This one is well worth your time, listen, enjoy, share.

“Shame is an awesome motivator.”

A truly interesting interview aired yesterday on KQED’s Forum broadcast, as they hosted legendary boxer Mike Tyson. Known not just for his boxing prowess, but also for numerous legal troubles, and as one of the English language’s most unique orators, this interview is nothing short of amazing.

Stream / Download Mike Tyson on KQED Forum, or sample some highlights from the segment below.

Tyson is an individual who has experienced both extremes of the human emotional spectrum, and the way in which he speaks gives an air of humility and sincerity that is unmatched by many people who share about their successes.

This one is well worth your time, listen, enjoy, share.

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Examining EPL fans via Twitter

An interactive map showing Premier League football fandom by area in the UK

After yesterday’s exciting EPL action, first with Arsenal’s big 5-1 win, followed by Chelsea being Chelsea, this felt like timely  sharing.

Collecting tweets from the period between Aug 2012 and Dec 2012, members of the Oxford Internet Institute gathered information via Twitter and geolocation to see who’s fans are where, and show some quantitative data.

View The Interactive Map

 

The data used include all geotagged tweets mentioning any of the Premiership football teams and their associated hashtags (e.g., #MUFC or #YNWA) that were sent between August 18 and December 19, 2012. We have only included one tweet per user to prevent ‘loud’ fans from skewing the results. The users were then aggregated to postcode districts in order to see a fairly fine-grained geography of results. The number of tweeters per district is normalized by the total ‘population’ of Twitter users based on a 0.25% random sample of all tweets within the UK.

Read more on the project at FoatingSheep
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The Resurgence of PBR

I am not much of an alcohol drinker, but interesting behaviors always get my attention… specifically why PBR is so popular. It’s not even really that good, honestly, I don’t drink a lot so if I can drink a lot of something with no adverse or enjoyable effects it must not be all that great. Apparently I am not the only one suffering from this conundrum, as The Society Pages has a write up on The Resurgence of PBR – even giving a nod to Atlanta’s own ‘Sloppy Seconds‘ parties, which like a number of events in Atlanta, proudly sports sponsorship from the brew. It is definitely a pervasive brand at a number of the events I attend around town, especially at and around the area of MJQ Concourse – home of ‘Sloppy.’ Moreover, I would be lying if I claimed I had not drank my fair share as well. Personally, when it comes to watered down flavorless American beers, I’m a sticker for good ole Budweiser, but as I’m sure most people who know me can attest — it’s pretty rare to catch me drinking at all.

PBR capitalizes on the perceptions of the brand while engaging in or working companies who engage in many of the practices that those who repopularized it were rejecting when they switched to PBR in the first place.

Goodbye Skip

A short post remembering Braves announcer Skip Caray through my own thoughts and experiences meeting a recognized voice of Atlanta

I was fortunate enough to have met Skip Caray a handful of times having had gone to high school with one of his kids. I spent many of my formative years going to Braves games, and perhaps one of my favorite stories involves me, Lee, and Josh riding with Skip to a high school basketball game in the pouring rain sometime back in the late 1990s. It was a long ride, and there needed to be music, and through some finagling, in my early-teen years, I was able to convince one of Atlanta‘s biggest celebrities to rock out to Hershey Park 1985 with us on the ride down. Yeah, bizarre story.

I have put a link to what is my personal favorite call Skip Caray ever made, and this probably holds true for any baseball fan in Atlanta, or anybody who has any sense of pride in this town. I was fortunate enough to be in attendance at this game and listening to the call a few moments ago for the first time in years definitely sent a chill down my spine.

We’ll miss you Skip