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Jay-Z and Kanye West kicked off their “Watch The Throne” tour last night at 1st Mariner Arena in Baltimore. The crowd was treated to more than two hours of smash hits by both artists, including Jay-Z’s “Big Pimpin’,” “Empire State of Mind,” and “Encore,” as well as Kanye’s “Golddigger,” “Flashing Lights,” and “Good Life.”
According to fans who attended last night’s performance, the biggest concert of the year more than exceeded its hype.
Next week, the tour is making a two night stop at the World’s Most Famous Arena, Madison Square Garden. I think it goes without saying that the November 7th and 8th performances will turn out to be a highlight of the tour.
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The remake of the popular 1984 musical-romance, Footloose, hit theatres Friday and has proved to be a success. The movie follows the same synopsis as the original: a Boston-bred rebel, Ren MacCormack (Kenny Wormald), moves to the Bible belt town of Bomont. As a result of a devastating car crash following a local dance, Reverend Shaw Moore (Dennis Quaid) and the Bomont town councilmen outlaw dancing and excessively loud music. Unappeased by the new law, Ren straps on his dancing shoes and in the process of proving the normalcy of music and dance, wins the heart of Reverend Moore’s daughter, Ariel (Julianne Hough).
Today, the movie sits at number two in the box office behind Real Steel. Mixed reviews come from hard critics (found at metacritic.com) but a majority land in the upper 50%, while fan reviews have been consistently positive. Entertainment Weekly gave the film an “A-,” complementing its director, Craig Brewer, on pulling this film away from the original and establishing a “timeless zone in which children of all colors always yearn for freedom, and wise parents learn how to hand over the dance floor to the next generation.”
So, who has gone to see it? Let us know YOUR thoughts and overall review!
Madison Square Garden (MSG) is known as the” World’s Most Famous Arena,” but to be honest of late it has not lived up to that reputation. If you have been in the Garden in recent years you would notice how outdated a lot of the arena is from the hallways to the suites. With the great advancements in technology you would figure the World Most Famous Arena would use these technological advancements to their advantage and create a more fan friendly arena. The Garden has seen the positive responses from the public with renovations to other stadiums in the New York area like with the new Yankee Stadium and Citi Field. Madison Square Garden realized they were going to need to do some renovations as well in order to keep the title “World’s Most Famous Arena.”
Madison Square Garden is currently in the process of renovating the arena. MSG president and CEO said, “It’s a brand-new building inside the iconic skin of Madison Square Garden.” The Garden was completed in 1968 and has not had a major upgrade since 1991 so clearly renovations are needed. The upgrade is going to cost $850 million dollars. The final renovations will be completed in 2013, and enough of the renovation will be completed before the upcoming NBA and NHL seasons in order for the Rangers and Knicks to play.
I was lucky enough to go on this exclusive tour of what MSG is going to look like when all the construction is done. When you first walk in you feel like you are about to be going on some ride at Disney land. The start of the tour began with a video of many different memorable moments the Garden has displayed for the world from concerts to sporting events. The video only starts after you remove a hockey puck from the wall and place it on a cylinder. This puck was referred to as the “Magical puck” throughout the tour hence the Disney land feeling.
The next part of the tour showcased a model of what the new arena was going to be like. The most interesting fact was the new arena is going to feature two bridges along the top where fans will have seats as well as be able to enjoy a beer without missing any action. The architect needed some structural support and came up with the idea of the brides because New York is known for its great suspension bridges.
The final part of the tour was about showcasing the new suites and the different luxurious advantages that are associated with each type of suite. The Garden designed this area to help sell the suites to potential clients. In the suites the Garden added a giant projection screen to the wall so prospective clients can better understand the perspective they will be seeing from the games if they purchased the suite. From what I saw on the tour and the pictures of what the final results should look like it seems like Madison Square Garden will deserve the name “The World Most Famous Arena” once again.
The ground and pound Jets offensive last year was ranked fourth overall in rushing and twenty-second overall in passing last year, but struggled mightily to convert red zone opportunities into touchdowns. Enter Plaxico Burress, who is a big target and should improve the Jets red zone efficiency. Last season the Jets scored twenty touchdowns in fifty attempts, which is a forty percent conversation rate. Coach Rex Ryan knew in the off season the Jets needed to address this issue and this is one of the main reasons they brought Plex in. One of the unknown moves the Jets made was adding Coach Tom Moore as a consultant. Coach Moore who is the former offensive coordinator of the Indianapolis Colts and who helped develop Peyton Manning into the quarterback he is today. Moore will try to work the same magic with young Mark Sanchez so he can make the next step as a quarterback. Though only time will tell, the addition of Plax and Moore will be key in improving the Jets red zone efficiency this season.
For a lot of people Tiger Woods is the only golfer they know of and care to know. Up to recently Woods was by far the best golfer in the world and no one could beat him. That time has past it seems and Woods is not the dominating golfer he once was. I’m not saying he cannot be that golfer again but he hasn’t shown in a while so why does he still get the coverage like he is the world’s number one golfer? Why is it when you go on ESPN.com to see the leaderboard the headline is about how Tiger shot poorly and is over thirteen shots behind the leader versus being about how Scott (the leader) has a 2 shot lead? I understand that Woods will give you the better television rating now but in the long run if he does not get back to his old ways what’s going to happen to golf’s popularity?
Golf does not have a dominating player right now like when Tiger was in his prime, but it does have a great group of young talented golfers who are going to be the future of golf and have the talent to turn into dominating golfers. To name a few Rory Mcilroy, Jason Day, Charl Schwartzel, Dustin Johnson, Martin Kaymer, Rickie Fowler, Ryo Ishikawa, Matteo Manassero, and more. All of these players are twenty-six years or younger and all have won a professional tournament expect Fowler who is only twenty-two. Mcilroy, Schwartzel, and Kaymer have each won a major already, so their futures are bright. If you are not an avid golf fan you probably do not know these names. In order for golf to gain some popularity it needs to stop showing every single one of Tiger’s shots when he is clearly out of a tournament and showcasing the younger talent who are actually in contention to win these tournaments. Of the younger players I named earlier four of them finished tied for 6th or better this past weekend.
Though the television broadcast this past weekend obviously showed the shots of the final groups and players who were in contention there is still always a certain focus on Tiger and how he played. If Tiger didn’t finish so early compared to final groups I’m not sure if the coverage would have been on the final groups or if Tiger would have still got the attention.
Stevie Williams Tiger’s old caddie, who is now Adam Scott’s full time caddie, was given more attention then Scott while they were walking up the 18th fairway. The crowd was making more noise for Stevie than Scott who was about to win the tournament. Due to the media the public was well aware of the fact that Wood’s old caddie was on Scott’s bag now. The split up between Woods and Williams became a bigger headline than the tournament itself. Golf is suppose to be a “gentlemen’s game,” well I don’t think its right that the Stevie the caddie, who didn’t swing a club the whole tournament, got more attention then Scott who put together a great tournament and a deserving victory. Golf headlines need to be more about golf and leave all the breakup and drama headlines for TMZ.