Archive for May, 2015

→ NFLPA Moves To Recuse Roger Goodell as Arbitrator in Tom Brady’s Appeal

I was a little bummed that Kraft isn’t going to sue the league, but at least Brady is still fighting.

→ New traffic light system coming to World Drive near the Magic Kingdom auto plaza

I know it’s silly to be excited about a traffic light, but this particular light will make Elyssa’s and my lives a lot easier. Leaving from Wilderness Lodge without the benefit of this light can be quite the pain in the butt.

→ Ex-ska-lent News! Sami Zayn Is Cleared To Complete At NXT Takeover: Unstoppable


→ 13 New Retail and Dining Establishments Announced for Disney Springs

Disney Springs is really starting to look like it could be a cool place to hang out.

→ New Wilderness Lodge cabins revealed

I wonder how these will compare to the Poly Villas. I hope they’re something Elyssa and I can afford, because I am super intrigued.

→ Rory McIlroy obliterates Wells Fargo tournament record en route to win

After being at this tournament for so many years, it was weird to watch it on television. That said, no one was catching Rory this weekend.

→ DC’s Legends of Tomorrow Trailer

The Arrow / Flash spin-off series get a name and a trailer. Some interesting things, including an apparent use of the Lazarus Pits to raise Sara Lance from the dead. Also, RORY IS THE DOCTOR and THE ATOM SHRINKS. (I might be a little excited about this show.)

→ DeflateGate: Patriots Quarterback Tom Brady Hires Jeffrey Kessler

Brady isn’t messing around. He got the best guy available to attack this.

→ 10 Reasons Why an Appeal Overturns Tom Brady’s Suspension

I’ve been trying not to read too many of these write-up because it points out just how much of a travesty this whole process has been. I hope we eventually look back at this as a sign of Goodell’s incompetence and not some tarnish on Brady’s legacy.

→ David Ortiz on NFL’s punishment of Tom Brady: ‘I think it’s ridiculous’

Big Papi on Goodell’s pile of garbage:

And now this Tom Brady thing, I think it’s ridiculous. I think it’s ridiculous. I don’t know if the commissioner is trying to send a big message. Then to who? To the players? I’m a football fan and when I don’t see Brady on the field I’m going to have questions. And then the answer is he deflated some freaking balls? Prove that. Prove it.

I love Big Papi.

→ The Official Trailer for the new Muppets TV Show

This looks amazing.

→ Deadspin on the Patriots Punishment

This post by Barry Petchesky gets a rare link from me to a Deadspin article:

Despite the Patriots schadenfreude (the last pure sports emotion), the punishment is a fucked-up overreaction from a league hyperdesperate to protect its image—it’s no accident that the NFL cited “conduct detrimental to the integrity of and public confidence in the game of professional football.”

The league threw the book at the Patriots for the worst and most absurd reasons. Two specifically named in the statement announcing the discipline was Brady’s and the team’s failure to self-incriminate, as if any employee should ever cooperate with an investigation ofhimself; and the fact that the Patriots are considered repeat offenders for something that happened eight years ago, even though the NFL went out of its way to make clear that Ballghazi didn’t extend to the echelons of the organization that would have been involved with Spygate.

Pretty much sums it up.

→ Robert Kraft: Pats punishment ‘far exceeded any reasonable expectation’

“Despite our conviction that there was no tampering with footballs, it was our intention to accept any discipline levied by the league. Today’s punishment, however, far exceeded any reasonable expectation. It was based completely on circumstantial rather than hard or conclusive evidence.”

I’m not sure what Kraft’s next move is, but I hope he thinks of something devastating to do to Goodell and the league.

→ King’s Quest Has A Pretty Impressive Cast Starring Christopher Lloyd And Zelda Williams

They’re making a new King’s Quest game? Why was I not told about this?

→ 17 Years Later, Chris Jericho Finally Tried To Finish Reading His List Of 1,004 Holds

A nice little follow-up to a classic Jericho segment from “long ago” (1998).

Jericho was Daniel Bryan to me, before Daniel Bryan (or Bryan Danielson) existed. He was the amazing in-ring wrestler, who I always wished had gotten a bigger push. Unfortunately, (for me) Jericho had other interests, and ended up starting a part-time, on-again, off-again, schedule with the WWE. Seeing what is happening to Bryan and his health, however, it looks like Jericho made the right choice.

→ Convention Center Scorecard: San Diego Stumbles, Las Vegas Dreams Bigger

You can read the post if you want all the details as to why Comic-Con International might be moving to Las Vegas, but I’m going to simply say: If Comic-Con is in Vegas…I’m there.

→ Brady’s scarlet letter

Joe Posnanski, great as always:

Tom Brady has been the league’s shining star, the golden boy, a billion-dollar draw. And now, the NFL has stigmatized him forever over a little bit of air in footballs and a refusal to just hand over his texts to a league clearly out to get him.

Maybe you believe Brady deserves that fate, and more, but the callous way the league just stomps on Brady’s name and reputation over deflated footballs should be a bit unnerving. The NFL will cash in on you for as long as they can. And then, like Bruce Springsteen sings, boy you’re on your own.

→ Ted Wells battles back about deflate report, but not everything adds up

Frank Schwab, writing at Yahoo:

Wait, nobody paid that much attention to it? The NFL, with its punishment, found that deflating footballs was the biggest crime in NFL history. Seriously. It was arguably the harshest punishment the league has ever given out, in terms of a team punishment (the $1 million fine is the largest single team fine ever), draft picks stripped (a first-round pick in 2016 and a fourth-round pick in 2017) and Brady’s four-game suspension. So what is it NFL? Is deflating balls the biggest crime in NFL history? Or was the thought that the Patriots were pulling off the biggest crime in NFL history so insignificant that “nobody paid that much attention to it”? Should be one or the other.

At this point, nothing is surprising about this whole ordeal. What a joke.

→ BREAKING: Hangar in Disney Springs is an Indiana Jones Themed Restaurant, “Jock Lindsey’s Hangar Bar” Opens This Fall

Indiana Jones themed? Amazing.

→ Elimination Chamber Set At WWE Network Exclusive Show On 5/31

Clearly, WWE is making a major subscriber push for May. This is its latest attempt. If they are going to do a special event in Texas, however, I wish they could have done it on a Tuesday.