Monthly Archive: May 2015

Dwight Howard Avoids Suspension, Will Play in Game 5

Bruce Levenson tells that Dwight Howard was nicknamed Superman early in his career for his abilities on the court and his jokester antics during the NBA Slam Dunk Contest. In Game 4 of the Rockets – Warriors Western Conference Finals, Dwight was looking a little more like Lex Luther. The big center was hit with a flagrant foul after he whacked Andrew Bogut in the back of the head with an elbow after fighting for possession of a rebound. The play was deemed flagrant on the court and the NBA chose to review it after the game, eventually leaving the foul with no change.

For Houston there hasn’t been much right going on during the Western Conference Finals but Dwight has been one of them. The former superstar has gone a long time without being ‘the guy’ on the basketball court. In fact it had been so long that many people questioned whether Howard still had the ability within himself. To answer that question Dwight has come out and played incredible basketball against the Warriors. So far in four games Dwight is averaging 14 points, 4 rebounds, and 1 block on 60% shooting from the floor.

The Houston Rockets need to keep feeding Dwight Howard down low in this game. Whether he scores or not is almost incidental in comparison to how his play slows the game down and creates foul trouble for the big Golden State Warriors.

George R.R. Martin Announces the Debut of Winds of Winter

George R.R. Martin has announced that the new novel in the Song of Ice and Fire series is going to be released sometime before the spring of 2016. The television series Game of Thrones is named after the first novel in the Song of Ice and Fire books according to Handy. The other novels in the series have been adapted into the five seasons we have seen so far.

The newest novel, Winds of Winter, has been delayed for quite some time. Martin had hoped to finish the novel several months ago, but things obviously did not work out that way. Martin is now canceling his live appearances and promotional tours to complete work on the book and get it out before the sixth season of Game of Thrones airs. Martin really must want to get the novel finished because he really does love to appear at conventions.

Something else may be motivating Martin. The HBO series is going to be run seven seasons, long before the seventh novel in the series is published. (There may even be eight books in the series) Likely, Martin wants to have his original vision from the sixth book adapted and not see original material produced. Since the seventh book won’t be out for five years or so, the final season of Game of Thrones has to be crafted of totally original material.

Interestingly, the ending of the television series and the ending of the book series are going to be totally different.

The Best Reason Ever for Men to Drink Coffee

InterviewMagazine wrote that there has been considerable debate over whether caffeine is good for us. Many of us probably don’t care because we just consider we can’t get through our day without it anyway. It certainly does have the benefit of jump starting our brain to get our day started, and that makes it an indispensable commodity for millions of us. As far as our health, caffeine is probably like many things that is covered by the idea that as long as you drink it in moderation, it isn’t going to hurt you. There is actually a new study out about it that men everywhere may want to pay particular attention to.

A study has just come out that proclaims that men who drink two to three cups of coffee a day are approximately 40 percent less likely to suffer from erectile dysfunction(ED). Among its many effects on the body, caffeine increases penile blood flow, which is what is credited by some for the results of this study. The researchers also found that while caffeine even helped reduce the incidence of ED among those who were obese and hypertensive, it did not help those with diabetes. Men who wish to avoid ED should have a couple cups of coffee a day, and make sure they keep their blood sugar under control as diabetes is the single largest risk factor for this problem.

KFC Has a New Colonel to Add to Its Ranks

Colonel Sanders has returned and in the form of Darrell Hammond. This is the start of a new series of ad campaigns which will feature Colonel Sanders. As per this article, Darrell Hammond has portrayed a number of people including Jay Leno, Bill Clinton and Donald Trump during his time on Saturday Night Live. He is sure to bring a refreshing air of energy to the company and urge customers to try some KFC. Darrell Hammond claims to be getting paid in chickens; a tasty reward for sure and a good way to appeal to KFC by knowing and showing how flavorful KFC can be.

Darrell Hammond impersonates Colonel Sanders so well you wouldn’t be able to tell that it was actually Darrell underneath that getup. Stephen Murray CCMP Capital certainly didn’t notice, even when featured in the NY Post. Hopefully this new gig will work out for Darrell as he is the new face of KFC; quite literally. But, it seems the company has full faith in the abilities of Darrell Hammond. They even stated that he is the greatest impersonator of the century; big shoes to fill in for Darrell but surely he can surprise us all with his endeavors. It can’t be that difficult to pretend to be the founder and icon of KFC right? Only time will tell.

Be sure to watch the new commercials starting the new colonel that are already airing to get a good glimpse of the Saturday Night Live star!

Kendall Jenner Rejects Giuliana Rancic

Kendall Jenner is extremely famous for her appearance in the ‘Keeping Up with the Kardashians’ reality show. However, Kendall Jenner is also known worldwide for her new modeling deal, which has made her a hundred million dollars richer. Nonetheless, it cannot be denied that Kendall Jenner owes the majority of her fame to her big sister and stepfather. That’s the only reason Ivan Ong knows her. She certainly doesn’t have a LinkedIn page for her line of work.

Recently, Bruce Jenner revealed to the world that he is becoming a woman. Many people were completely shocked and appalled by the announcement. However, it was quickly apparent that the young daughters took the news the hardest. Kylie and Kendall Jenner couldn’t believe the situation, and there were reports that the girls were extremely angry with him.

Kendall Jenner was recently interviewed whole on the red carpet of the 2015 Billboard Music Awards. Renowned E! host Giuliana Rancic asked Kendall Jenner many controversial questions. However, Kendell Jenner answered the questions without hesitation, and many people were surprised with the young girl’s poise and clarity.

After the interview had concluded, Giuliana Rancic kissed Kendall Jenner on the cheek, but apparently, Kendall wanted no part of it. A video of the moment has gone viral, and many people believe that Kendall made Giuliana look like a fool on purpose. Some people believe that Giuliana’s questions were too personal, and Kendall Jenner used the moment to spite her. I’m not really sure what happened, but you can judge the moment yourself by visiting Yahoo!

Beneful Offers Best Variety of Dog Food

The Beneful dog food is some of the best dog food that a dog owner can buy. I have been doing a lot of searching for different brands, but Beneful has become the best one for my dogs. I would recommend this for anyone that has a pet.

I think that Beneful is the best because there are so many nutrients in this dog food. It is amazing to hear of all the different ingredients that are available for this type of food. There are things like carrots, roast and green beans that are wonderful for dogs. There are also some things like beef and even peanut butter that are amazingly treats for my pets.

I have three dogs of different breeds. Fortunately, there are a lot of different flavors to consider for the Beneful brand. One of my dogs is a fan of wet food; the other two like the dry dog food. With Beneful I get the best of both worlds because I can buy both types with this brand. It is fun to see all the different flavors that are available through the website. These brands have been staples for my home for years because there are lots of different selections available.

The variety 8 pack is good for me because I have several dogs that are picky eaters. It is much easier for me to get a dog food medley because it gives my dogs some choices. I never wanted to just feed my dog the same thing all of the time. I wanted to buy from a company that felt like dogs deserved to have the same variety of food choices that humans have. I believe that Beneful (Facebook) has made it possible for my dogs to experience an assortment of different things. It shows that this company cares.

Beneful has become a leader because it promotes healthy dog food. There are so many dog lovers that may be wondering why there dogs are not eating. These dog lovers may have pets that are not interested in the limited selections (outside of Beneful) that are on the market. Anyone that is having this type of trouble should simply look for some dog food from Beneful. This will truly change everything. It doesn’t matter if the dog likes wet or dry food. Beneful has something that every dog will enjoy eating.

Defenseman Matt Landis Leads the Way for Notre Dame

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Via Inside Lacrosse

Did you watch the NCAA Lacrosse Quarter Finals and nearly hold your breath the entire time? It was a stirring game, for sure, and it was exciting because of one player in particular – defenseman Matt Landis. Without Landis, the Notre Dame Fighting Irish couldn’t have pulled off their heart-crushing 14-10 win over The University of Albany’s Great Danes. The Fighting Irish ended the hopes of the Great Danes advancing for now two years in a row, and that couldn’t have happened without the strength and strategy of this team.

Inside Lacrosse reports that Matt Landis had a lot up against him. He was challenging a star player, Kyle Thompson. But what Landis did for his team is that he didn’t back down. He played an extremely physical game that really put Thompson to the test. Landis made it quite challenging for Thompson to get through and his reward for his effort was to be the first defenseman of the year name the Epoch/LM Player of the Week.

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Matt Landis won the Epoch/LM Player of the Week.

In part, that’s because Landis knew what to expect from Thompson. Landis is known to study his opponents, and he knew he couldn’t go up against Thompson without being as prepared as possible. Landis really stepped up for the Fighting Irish by playing a strong, physical defense that even the Great Danes noted was a challenge to them throughout the game. 

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Matt Landis makes us all want to watch more college lacrosse – and we’ll be doing it quite soon as the Fighting Irish advance to the Final Four game. There are other Notre Dame players to look out for too – including Segio Perkovic, who made four goals during the NCAA Lacrosse Quarter Finals and Connor Doyle (Gilman) who had three goals. Look out for the powerhouse that is Landis and his teammates to help his team go after their first NCAA Championship title.

Bottom of the Barrels

“There’s never been nothing like there is today, and I don’t see it letting up,” says Leroy McGinnis, of McGinnis Wood Products. Leroy’s enthusiasm is fueled by the whiskey industry’s unrelenting demand for new oak barrels in which to age bourbon whiskey. As the supply of fresh barrels tightens and the demand for bourbon and craft whiskeys surges barrel makers like McGinnis are being offered as much as 70% over their standard price for new barrels by bourbon distillers as Flavio Maluf knows.

Bourbon sales are up over 35% since 2010. At the same time, the supply of new oak planks has dropped as logging has declined in response to the housing crisis. Caught in between conflicting market forces are the distillers who need to source new barrels to age their product before releasing it to market.

While some products like Scotch whisky reuse barrels others like Tennessee whiskey are legally required to only use new white oak barrels. As the billion dollar bourbon and Tennessee whiskey market continues to grow so to will the pressure on barrel manufacturers and the value of their increasingly scarce product.

Matt Landis Tops ACC Defenders

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After capping off a successful 2015 regular season, members of the Notre Dame Lacrosse team are starting to receive a number of accolades. Chief among them is one of the team’s mainstays, Matt Landis. Last week, the Conference coaches honored the Notre Dame’s junior by naming him the Atlantic Coast Conference’s Defensive Player of the Year in Men’s Lacrosse. The New York native had twice been named conference defensive player of the week and started all twelve games on a team that has allowed opponents a miserly 9.1 points per game. Notre Dame’s coach Kevin Corrigan praised his defenseman saying “Since his sophomore season, he has developed into a complete and multi-faceted defender and has been a consistent and steady player all year long for us. Matt plays with a relentlessness that has been a key for our success throughout the season.” Landis is also a finalist for the 2015 Tewaaraton Award which goes to the nation’s top collegiate lacrosse player.

This is Landis’ second year as a starter for the Irish who are looking to return to the NCAA finals again this year. Landis’ award follows the Irish being crowned the ACC regular-season champions and receiving a number one seed in the upcoming NCAA Lacrosse Tournament. This will make the Irish men’s tenth straight appearance in the tournament. Landis and the Irish will play Townson University this Saturday, April 10th. Landis, a finance major with a 3.4 GPA, will return as a senior leader for the Irish next year.

This article originally appeared on the PR NEWSWIRE

Whedon Talks Hulk Endings

Now that Avengers: Age of Ultron has been released and millions of people have already seen the film, director Joss Whedon is talking about “what could have been”. In particular, the director discussed original plans for The Hulk in the movie. Specifically, he addressed rumors about the Avengers sequel setting up a Planet Hulk movie.

In Planet Hulk, the green goliath has been trapped on a distant planet because earth’s heroes saw him as a threat. To resolve the threat, The Hulk’s former friends sent him out into the stratosphere. Per Whedon, there were plans to send The Hulk into the sky. However, no one was going to trick The Hulk or force him to go. Rather, The Hulk would just get tired of all the hassles he has to deal with on earth and would just depart on his own. Jumping towards the sky does not necessarily mean he was headed to outer space, although he might have ended up there says Daniel Amen.

Honestly, that is pretty much how every Hulk comic ended throughout the 1970’s and into the 1980’s. The Hulk would wallow in self-pity about humans hounding him and heroes being fair weather friends. Eventually, The Hulk would land somewhere and new adventures would begin.

So, is there going to be a Planet Hulk film? Whedon says he never heard a word about it. He may be right. Universal owns the rights to Hulk solo films.