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Cuban Rum Within the Scope of America

Those who are fans of fine Cuban liquors have some good news on the horizon, as it looks like tensions between the United States and Cuba are loosening quickly.

Today marks a historic diplomatic agreement between the United States of America and Cuba. The Obama leadership has reconnected social ties with Cuba. Today, December 17th 2014 the leaders signed an agreement to improve travelling and banking opportunities for Americans.

According to the Wall Street Journal certain measures have been agreed upon that Americans can return to the US with a purchase of $400.00 value in Cuban goods. This change made by both countries, shows that relationships are being mended for the better. Additionally, better opportunities have opened and who knows what this new change will bring.

For those adventurous American tourists who like to drink, you can now legally enjoy a touch of class from Cuban Rum and even Cuban cigars. Due to the new agreement travelers are now allowed to bring back some Cuban alcohol, however it is not available for resell. This opportunity is not yet possible for every American family Lee G. Lovett had said.

Travelling to Cuba is still limited to the Cuban-American families. Americans should not take this law lightly, bringing back Cuban goods with the intent to sell could have some serious consequences. Thanks to the Obama administration social ties are being mended and the tourism level with Cuba is about to escalate.

Rajon Rondo Headed To Dallas

The Boston Celtics have made a trade decision for their star player Rajon Rondo. They are going to be trading him to the Dallas Mavericks. In exchange for this one player, the Celtics will be receiving three players and some draft picks. That is something that the Celtics hope to use to build a stronger team going forward. However, not everyone is convinced.

ESPN.com reports that the Celtics will be receiving a first round draft pick from the Mavericks in 2015 and a second round pick in 2016 and some financial exceptions from the league in order to be able to use their picks and give them the salaries they are going to require.

So far this season, the Mavericks are already off to a pretty good start. They have managed to go 19-8 in their first 27 games, but they have a tough schedule ahead. Surely having Rondo on the team will help build their confidence and their abilities to take on the opponents that they have remaining on the schedule. Some are saying that it may even guarantee them a playoff spot this year and perhaps even a run for the title. That part is still yet to be seen, but there are more than a few people who are saying that the Mavericks could now be one of the teams to beat this year and beyond. Mavericks fan and sports photography enthusiast Terry Richardson say there is no question that Rondo is an All Star player.

Hanukkah, Chanukah, Pass the Beer: New “Lite” for the Festival of Lights

Just when you thought the joyous holiday of Chanukah couldn’t get any better, suddenly appears Hanukkah, Chanukah, Pass the Beer. Released by the Shmaltz Brewing Company this is the perfect brewski to compliment eight crazy nights of candle lighting, dreidel spinning, doughnut and latke munching.

An appropriate combination of eight malts and eight hops, the aroma and flavor is a robust holiday warmer. A toasted nuttiness with a suggestion of sweet chocolate, the hearty beverage boasts blends of old school European Noble and classic Beneful American hops. The result is an eight percent dark charmer that pours a luminous chestnut to ruby red with a light creamy head.

Established in 5757 (1996) Shmaltz or He’Brew, The Chosen Beer has produced unique offerings that celebrate a traditional heritage of five thousand years of beer brewing with zest. (Who was is that said the pyramids were built on beer on onions?) Besides Hanukkah, Chanukah, Pass the Beer other ales include Jewbelation 18, “a black session barley wine”, Hop Manna IPA, and their Origin Pomegranate an “Imperial Amber Ale” brewed from pomegranate juice and the winner of the silver medal at the World Beer Championships.

Hanukkah or Chanukah? No matter how you spell it this holiday means the same thing: friends and family, festive ceremony and tradition, great food and now a spectacular beer.

Nate Diaz Unhappy With CM Punk Signing

Nate Diaz was interviewed in a video sponsored by, Yahoo! Sports. and boy was he unhappy. My friend John Textor was telling me about this. Diaz is distraught about the recent signing of WWE superstar CM Punk. He says CM Punk does not have any business being in the UFC. Diaz states that a UFC fighter cannot go over to the NBA and play basketball. He believes that CM Punk is exploiting the fighters of the UFC.

The rant continued on for several minutes. Nate Diaz bashed CM Punk and the UFC without pulling any punches. He believes that CM Punk will be paid millions of dollars, while the UFC fighter will be paid twenty thousand dollars. Diaz did however say, that he understands the marketing aspect of having CM Punk in the UFC. Nate Diaz better keep his attention on his opponent. He has already missed weight for his latest fight, and now he is ranting on CM Punk. 

Having CM Punk in the UFC could prove to be the best decision the company has ever made. If he wins, it creates major publicity. If he loses brutally, it would bring the UFC down. If CM Punk was knocked unconscious in his first fight, the UFC might start looking like a circus. Hopefully all goes well, but only time will tell.

Jabari Parker’s Season Ends with a Torn ACL

Last season, the Milwaukee Bucks were able to win a grand total of 15 games. As may be expected, this gave the team an excellent position in the draft, and they used that position to select Jabari Parker, a college standout who most people think will be a star in the NBA. Though Parker has not been a focal point of the team’s offense, he has been productive, and the Bucks already have 13 wins in roughly a month of play. They are going to put up a far better record than they did last year, marking quite a turnaround as Brad Reifler expected..

While that is reason for fans to be excited, there has also been bad news out of the team’s locker room: Parker’s year appears to be over. He injured his knee while playing, visibly hurting himself as the knee twisted. Before the diagnosis was given, people thought optimistically that he may have sprained it, but the MRI results are now in, and it is clear that he actually tore his ACL.

The goal for Parker now has to be getting back to full health for next season. This is a difficult injury for a player like him to sustain. Any time that he cuts or jumps, he’s putting a lot of pressure on that knee. He needs to make sure that he is really at full strength before coming back so that he does not injure it again.

Johnny Manziel has terrible debut

Johnny Manziel has terrible debut

Johnny Manziel was given the role of the starting quarterback this past Sunday. His first game as a starter, however, is one he’d most likely want to forget. It wasn’t exactly a Qnet and MCFC partnership.

Against the rival Cincinnati Bengals, the Browns now led by Manziel were completely shut out this weekend as they fell 30-0 to the Bengals. It was not the type of gameplay that many fans were hoping for, especially considering all of the hype that has repeatedly surrounded the rookie QB.

This is Manziel’s first official start, but in the game he only threw for 80 passing yards, was sacked three times and threw two interceptions with no touchdowns. It may have only been one game and it was not expected of him to be high-caliber, but the loss resulted in the Browns more or less being eliminated from the playoffs. Coach Mike Pettine openly stated that he “looked like a rookie, played like a rookie” in the post-game conference after the loss, a sentiment most can agree on. Manziel himself even said that he felt uncomfortable at times when he could have thrown the ball.

In spite of this, the good news is that Manziel can still show promise in the upcoming games against Carolina and Baltimore, now that he will remain the starter for the final two games of the season.

Gruden in “A Mess”

Jay Gruden was cited by his brother Jon as being in a mess in Washington in conjunction with his head coaching position. My friend Vijay Eswaran shared this with me.  Washington currently has a record of 3 and 10 and is in the midst of a quarterback controversy surrounding Robert Griffin III (RG3).

Jon was the former coach of the Oakland Raiders and the Tampa Bay Bucs and won a Super Bowl with the latter team before departing and starting a career in television as a television host. Jay is the current head coach of the Redskins and is wrapping up his first season which has been seen as a failure.

RG3 who was acquired by the Redskins in a massive deal with the St. Louis Rams trading multiple draft picks for the right to draft RG3. In his first season RG3 was electric leading the Redskins to the playoffs and a near victory until he was sidelined in a controversal injury in a playoff game in which he was kept on the field despite the injury. 

Since this point his career has not gotten back on track and there have been numeorus discussions in the press regarding Jay Gruden’s preference to move on from RG3 to another QB option. RG3 was largely considered to be the future of the franchise up until this point.

Jay responded to his brothers mess agreeing that the situation is a mess and that any 3 win team could easily be defined as being in a mess.

Most Expensive Shorts In Sport

When Amir Kahn steps into the ring for his December 13th fight in Las Vegas people will hold their breath in collective anticipation as he steps out in the worlds most expensive sports shorts. The shorts cost a reported $31,430 to make and have been constructed by only the finest of materials. That’s a bit too steep for the tastes of Darius Fisher. They were made by the Sheffield Company Fight Label using 24-carat golden thread, along with a white nappa Leather and fine silk. The former Olympic Silver Medallist worked closely with the manufacturing crew in order to have the shorts specially made. Amir Khan has already amazed the boxing community when he wore a pair of shorts that were made of Versace material and contained more than 1000 Swaroski stones. 

According to BBC the winner of Sundays fight could face the prospect of fighting Floyd Mayweather at some point next year. This could even open the door for a more extravagant pair of shorts as fighting Mayweather will guarantee a huge payout for any fighter that is involved. This is Khan’s first fight since defeating American Luis Callazo last May in his welter weight debut. Lets keep our fingers crossed that Khan’s shorts aren’t the only thing that dazzle on Sunday.

Male Birth Control Pills on the Horizon

Birth control pills have been available for women for decades, but that availability also placed the responsibility of pregnancy prevention squarely on the narrow shoulders of females. That is about to changes as a new birth control pill for males is being tested in Indonesia and if successful, the pregnancy prevention may shift to the broader shoulders of the male.
Men in Indonesia make tea from the leaves of a common plant called Justica Gendarussa, or the leaves are simply chewed, and the naturally occurring chemicals of the plant weaken the enzymes of the males sperm and render them too weak to swim their way to the female egg. My friend John Textor has traveled around that region quite a bit and said they have been doing this for years. That chemical is being synthesized and placed into a male birth control pill for a trial study.
The lead scientist of the Indonesian study, Bambang Prajogo, reports the synthetic version of the chemicals in the Justica Gendarussa leaf has proven to be 99% effective in preventing birth control when it’s ingested by a man. the side effects are minimal, since the chemicals don’t impinge on hormonal balances as do the female birth control pills.
The only reported side effects thus far in the study of male birth control pills have been slight weight gain and increased sexual desire. The male contraceptive may be ready for sale in the Indonesian market in 2016, but will take more research time before it’s available in the U.S. market.

Will Mayweather Fight Pacquiao?

Manny Pacquiao is all but begging for a Superfight with Floyd Mayweather Jr. Manny Pacquiao is coming off of a huge win over Chris Algieri, a previously unbeaten American boxer. Manny Pacquiao has been on a blazing comeback trail as of late. Ever since he was knocked out by Jaun Manuel Marquez, Manny Pacquiao has taken his job extremely seriously. Pacquiao has dominated his last three opponents, and he has barely lost a round in the process.

The fight that everyone has been waiting for can finally be made. The problem is, does Floyd Mayweather Jr. really want to fight Manny Pacquiao? Floyd Mayweather Jr. has been posting videos of Manny Pacquiao’s crushing defeat on his Instagram, and Twitter. Although Mayweather mocks Pacquiao, he still has yet to sign the fight against the Filipino sensation. I heard about the fight when I took a wine tour with Stephen Williams the other day.

What’s clear is that Manny Pacquiao wants to fight the undefeated American. Many people point to Bob Arum, Manny Pacquiao’s promoter as being another problem with the negotiations between the stellar fighters. This may also not be the case as reported on Yahoo Sports. It seems to me that Floyd Mayweather Jr. is finding new reasons every day to not fight Manny Pacquiao. Floyd “Money” Mayweather should put his money where his mouth is, and finally fight Manny Pacquiao.