Football(Soccer) lost a great leader today as Manchester United’s Manager Sir Alex Ferguson has stepped down after 26 years in charge. He leaves behind a truly decorated career with 38 trophies including 13 league titles, two Champion League crowns, five FA Cups and four League Cups under his belt. Ferguson felt it was best to leave the organization in the strongest possible shape and praised the people he felt helped him build the club from a team that had not won a title for 26 years into one of the biggest in the world. Who will be the next successor for the most successful manager in the history of football? It is important that the next successor understands the clubs history and is committed to youth development while employing an attractive, attacking style of football. BBC sports editor David Bond says United are confident of announcing the next successor to fill such big shoes before the weekend. Any true fan of the sport will be patiently waiting to see the shift in command.
The entire series of Marvel movies that have been released in the last several years have brought me endless tears of joy. Removing the fact that I’m a die-hard Marvel fan, the whole premise of Iron Man is just cool, no matter how you look at it. Jet propelled hands and feet? Near-indestructible armored body suit? Come on! How can you beat that?
The first Iron Man introduced much of the world to playboy philanthropist Tony Stark and his high tech armor. It was very well received by comic book nerds and the normal population, not to mention it helped to resurrect Robert Downey Jr.’s career, propelling him (pun intended) back into the limelight. Iron Man 2 didn’t receive quite the same enthusiasm, though it did surpass the first movie’s total box office earnings.
Then The Avengers happened. The movie tied in all the Marvel characters that had preceded it and ended up shattering financial records, eventually earning over $1.5 billion worldwide. With that level of success, the bar was set exceptionally high for Iron Man 3, and, judging from the rave reviews and box office earnings after only a week (as well as my own biased viewpoint), it does not disappoint.
I usually don’t like trilogies, but this one was a must-see, even if it sucked, which it didn’t. I don’t want to ruin the movie for you, but if you saw The Avengers, you know how it was kind of tough to imagine where Tony Stark could go after the events in the movie. In Iron Man 3, Stark hits rock bottom and is forced to literally rebuild everything from the ground up. His entire life and even his self-image are shattered, and the meat of the movie involves us rooting for him as he puts it all back together. No, this is not just another “feel-good root for your favorite hero” movie. It’s a sick action flick with the latest cutting edge tubular special effects. Yes, I just said “tubular.”
Iron Man 3 has earned over half a billion dollars in just its first week, so go see the movie. Seriously, it’s worth it. SEE THE TRAILER HERE
The music industry hasn’t been the same since female rapper Eve removed herself to pursue acting. It’s been almost 10 years now since the “Love is Blind” lyricist started her female empowerment movement in hip hop and she’s back to give listeners a little lip service on May 14th with her latest album “Lip Lock”. According to Eve…she’s “a new artist at a new place in her life” so don’t expect the uber aggressive lyrics from her Ruff Ryder Days. The 12-song track list features appearances from both old friends, such as Missy Elliot, Snoop Dogg, Swizz Beatz, and new friends like Cobra Starship’s Gabe Saporta. “Make it Out This Town” was chosen as the lead single after Eve became the US female ambassador for Big Brothers, Big Sisters of America and shows her personal and professional growth. The rapper hopes fans will be open to discovering “the new Eve,” but promises Ruff Ryder’s first lady lyrics isn’t too far away.
Are you excited for Eve’s return to music?
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They say that “Time” is the most precious thing a person has and it seems watchmaker Hublot seconds that notion with its introduction of the “LaFerrari” masterpiece with a price tag of $300,000 USD. Now I personally haven’t owned a watch since the introduction of the Motorolla Startac Cellphone(Remember those) which conveniently gave me date and time…So although I’m in no position to gage the cost of a good time piece, I’m also positive that other wrist wearers have not yet evolved to paying for a watch the price of a 4 year ivy league education. ..at least not those of us who only need a watch to tell time. While this watch was clearly designed for those who have money to burn, the idea still begs the question “Who would really throw away $300k on a piece of plastic? Now clearly, this watch is not made of plastic…it’s made from black PVD titanium to be exact. It was also developed in technical and design terms entirely parallel with the car …Yeah…it’s like wearing the Ferrari on your hand. The watch is finely wrought in terms of shape, featuring a complex shaped sapphire crystal clearly reminiscent of the car’s outline, as well as an open case-back. The time-setting crown is positioned under the case and both are completely integrated into the design therefore practically invisible. Add to that the Hour/ minute/seconds anodized aluminum cylinders SuperLuminova indicators, suspended vertical Tourbillon and a whopping 50 day power reserve(Historical). This is the type of watch that would make James Bond Blush but even he may not be able to get his hands on one…with only a super-limited 50 being made. Is it impressive enough to warrant the price tag? I’m sure in someone’s eyes it does…otherwise it would not have passed the cutting room floor…but would I purchase one if I had the money to blow? I’ll take “No” for $200 Alex!
If you are down for an action movie this weekend…why not check out Tom Cruise’s latest flick “Oblivion”. In it, Cruise plays Jack Harper, a tough and self-reliant soldier in the late 21st century whose task is to monitor what remains of Earth prior to humanity’s evacuation (which is the result of a victorious but catastrophically destructive battle against alien invaders) and to supervise a fleet of pilotless drone craft which hunt down hostile scavengers that remain.
His immediate memory has been wiped in order to prevent hostile forces getting intel from him if captured, however Jack is plagued with weird mental images of a romantic encounter in pre-war New York. After finding a beautiful human survivor, Julia (played by Olga Kurylenko), she stirs intense memories which makes him realize that there is something amiss that the authorities are keeping from him. It’s definitely missing Tom’s sly humor if that’s what you love about him(think mission impossible) but it’s not a doozy either. If you are looking for a pre-summer blockbuster movie this weekend (at least that’s what it’s touted as) then grab a friend and head to the movies this weekend!
I generally hate and stay away from the hype of “The Next” great basketball player comparisons. I mean you remember how many “The Next Michael Jordans” there were who never did anything? But I came across this video of Seventh Woods today and I was pretty impressed. Literal domination by this kid and oh yeah, look what number he is wearing!
High School domination is not really what MJ was known for, though I sure would like to see some of that video footage if it exists. So the best comparison is LeBron James because he was seemingly a legend before he left for The NBA. If you are a hoops fan I think you will dig this highlight reel. Pretty legit!
Shoes are a consumable aesthetic representation of culture, and its value as being a medium for communication transcends the leather, mesh, and rubber of which they are comprised. To many, footwear is purely of practical value, to others, the shoes we lace up display narratives of our past and present, it tells a story. But before the story lands on your feet…it begins in the mind of it’s maker…the creative designer. Let’s follow the Journey of a Lugz shoe as it goes from the factory to your feet.
The first stage of building a Lugz shoe is building a sample. This is where the designer takes his or her ideas…puts them on paper(literally) and then create a 3d rendering of it in a computer animated drawing(CAD) complete with specs. After sourcing out and selecting the materials of the shoe …the CAD is then sent out to be hand made. The sample is now born!
Now that the sample is created..it can now roll through two to six weeks of fit testing. At each stage we make adjustments based on the feedback and based on what we see in the shoes. After tackling any design issues…a “Confirmation Sample” is now ready to go.
At this sample stage we are done. We know the material, the color, the fit and the feel we will use to create the product. Typically this gets us to six months from production and delivery to retail. The only reason for this is to get the shoes right based on the testing.
From confirmation we go to one of the hardest parts of the shoe making process: commercialization. (creating additional molds to be graded to at least 11 sizes and many times a great deal more). So the idea is that the size 13 fits and feels as good on a size 13 foot as a sample size 9 does on a size 9 foot. Once that process is completed we can then get the ball rolling on creating the final product.
Believe it or not this is where the expertise lies…in the Factory. Sure, factories come a dime a dozen but finding one that has the expertise to replicate shoes over and over and over again with consistent quality is what counts. After all, you, the end consumer, expect that the size 10 you are trying on is exactly like the size 10 you’ve been wearing for the past three months. Every single one of your shoes is touched by as many as 40 people on a production line and the entire process is not done in one day. So the fact that from a confirmation sample the factory gets your size 10s right is downright amazing and that is why selecting the right factory is important.
Finally at the end of the 18 month cycle the shoes land at retail and on your feet….where we hand the baton off for you to make memories in them. We literally celebrate when the product finally gets in your hands. Most of all we are hopeful that you can instantly give us some feedback — feedback that we can use to create the next version of that shoe which in turn is probably less than 18 months away from hitting retail shelves.
Since The Olympics Ryan Lochte has seemingly been everywhere from Miami to Vegas and at every great party scene in between. Women love the guy for his looks (and objectively, he is a good looking dude) but it has been reported from multiple sources that he is a little bit slow.
Somehow he has landed himself his own reality show named “What Would Ryan Lochte Do?” which premiers at 10PM tonight on E! You can see a lot of information and some soundbites here.
What I find even funnier is this interview on a Philadelphia News Station that was put out on TMZ.com where The Anchors literally lose it in response to the answers given by Lochte. This is just classic. Enjoy!
Yes I am on a bit of a movie kick lately, but who can blame me? Summer blockbuster season is approaching and it appears there will be some gems to check out in the coming months!
The latest trailer for the new Man of Steel Movie is looking very promising in my opinion. Look, I am definitely not a major comic book movie guy, but I do love a good super hero flick! The original Superman movie came out the year after I was born (yes i just dated myself) and it is a classic. Although, watching it these days it is almost comical where special effects were then compared to now. These days movies like these are certainly more powerful! (Visually at least)
Even though I am much older and have young kids of my own I am still proud to go the theaters and experience films like this as if I were a kid again. Maybe I will see you there!
2nd seed team in the west…the Spurs are on their way to battle it out in the NBA Playoffs, but with the release of Stephen Jackson and surgery to Boris Diaw they are in terrible need of an athletic player , effective passer and scorer. Introduce former NBA all-star Tracy McGrady(remember him?) who averaged 19.6 points, 5.6 rebounds, 4.4 assists and 1.21 steals in 32.7 minutes during his 15-year NBA career. McGrady who played this season for Qingdao in the Chinese Basketball Association with a 25 point game average/56percent shooting was offered a contract from the San Antonio Spurs to play for the rest of the season. Why Tracy McGrady? San Antonio is in dire need of a reliable play maker, plus McGrady brings passing to a team that loves to pass. And, if called upon, he can knock down the occassional shot. He has also gotten adept at posting smaller guards, which would allow the Spurs to use him as a third guard or alongside Manu Ginobili. Considering that he wasn’t on an NBA roster this season and waived after March 1, he is also playoff eligible.
Tracy McGrady has never won an NBA playoff series, despite leading the league in scoring twice during a pro career that started back in 1997.But even though he’s been out of the league completely this season, McGrady will get another chance to pursue that elusive second-round postseason appearance. Let’s go T-MAC!