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Monday, December 31, 2012

12/31/2012- Last blog of 2012. My thoughts heading into 2013

Hello everyone! 2012 is coming to an end within a few hours, and tomorrow will be 2013. My thoughts on 2012 was that it was an eventful year.

In NY sports, only one team made it to the postseason in the 2012 calendar year, and that was the New York Yankees. However, Yankee fans such as myself want to forget that postseason since the ALCS was the worst thing to see after Jeter was injured and the rest of the roster didn't respond back. In professional wrestling, it was a decent year since TNA expanded into India and had their own spinoff promotion called Ring Ka King, which was moderately successful. The wrestlers such as Chavo Guerrero Jr, Joey Ryan, and the former Luke Gallows became successful in RKK that they even went to TNA's flagship show, Impact Wrestling. ROH, I don't follow as much as I used to since they don't have a television presence in the NYC media market, and have somewhat became a shell of it's former self. Nonetheless, I wish everyone in ROH good luck. WWE, on the other hand had made history since WrestleMania 28 made a lot of profit promoting The Rock vs John Cena match, which The Rock emerged victorious. Also, Raw expanded to 3 hours which began in late July from their 1000th episode (TNA also responded back by having Impact Live on Thursdays from 8-10 PM on Spike). Early on, the 3 hours was an initial success, but it soon became over saturation since WWE produced too many programming in one week. It starts off with a 3 hour Raw, then WWE Main Event on Wednesday, followed by Friday Night SmackDown, and to close the week WWE Saturday Morning Slam.

Shifting towards MMA, UFC made it's full transition to Fox Sports as UFC now has events on FOX, FX, and Fuel TV along with their revenue earned from PPV. UFC attempted to make Ultimate Fighter Live on Fridays, which failed miserably, but it wasn't all bad since they had the return of Georges St Pierre who came off a year long injury and defeated Carlos Condit to become the Undisputed UFC Welterweight Champion. Other notable UFC moments were Cain Velasquez regaining the UFC Heavyweight Title from Junior Dos Santos and Ronda Rousey becoming the first UFC Women's Champion, ending the debate on whether the UFC would have a female division. Also, outside of UFC, Bellator improved on their product going into 2013, which is potentially their big year debuting on Spike TV.

Outside of sports, it was also very eventful since we had a Presidential Election where Incumbent Barack Obama defeated the Challenger Mitt Romney in a very close election. And a week before the election was Hurricane Sandy, which caused a lot of damage. Fortunate for me, I was lucky to only lose power for a day and a half. Also, Toonami returned to television after a four year absence.

Here's hoping for a better 2013. Bigger things are coming, and remember... Stay Tuned! Happy New Year!


Tuesday, December 11, 2012

12/11/2012- Bellator 83 results, UFC on FOX 5 results, NY Jets def Jacksonville, NY Giants def New Orleans

Hello everyone! I hope all of you had a great weekend! Let's cut to the chase, shall we? Here we go!

This past Sunday, the New York Jets defeated the Jacksonville Jaguars 17-10. Early in the game, the Jets struggled, and gave up a field goal, while trailing by 3 to zip towards halftime, but in the second half, the run game got their groove and helped the team get a win.

Later that day, the New York Giants hosted the New Orleans Saints. Early on, the Giants had a hiccup, but thanks to David Wilson's breakout performance, the Giants got a blowout win 52-27.

Bellator 83 took place last Friday at Caesars Atlantic City in Atlantic City, NJ and aired on MTV 2. Here are the results of the main card:
  • Jessica Eye def Zoila Gurgel via submission at Round 1
  • Darrell Horcher def Chris Liguori via unanimous decision
  • Anthony Leone def Zach Makovsky via split decision
Here are the highlights:

The following night, UFC on FOX 5 took place, and it was considered one of the biggest cards on broadcast television for UFC. Here are the results:

  • Scott Jorgensen def John Albert via submission at Round 1
  • Dennis Silver def Nam Phan via unanimous decision
  • Abel Trujillo def Marcus LeVesseur via TKO at Round 2
  • Daron Cruickshank def Henry Martinez via KO at Round 2
  • Ramsey Nijem def Joe Proctor via unanimous decision
  • Raphael Assuncao def Mike Easton via unanimous decision
  • Yves Edwards def Jeremy Stephens via KO
  • Matt Brown def Mike Swick via KO at Round 2
  • Rory MacDonald def BJ Penn via unanimous decision
  • Alexander Gustafsson def Mauricio Rua via unanimous decision
  • Benson Henderson def Nate Diaz via unanimous decision to retain the UFC Lightweight Championship
That's all I have to say for now. Have a good rest of the week!


Friday, December 7, 2012

12/7/2012- Changes to WWE TLC PPV, preview of Jets/Jaguars;Saints/Giants, more

Hello everyone! I hope all of you had a great week this week. Let's cut to the chase, shall we? Here we go!

The originally scheduled match between WWE Champion CM Punk and Ryback in a TLC match will not take place at the WWE: Tables, Ladders, and Chairs PPV. The reason being that CM Punk got knee surgery and will need a few weeks to recover. The match that will replace the WWE title match is a 6 man TLC tag team match between the team of Ryback, Kane, and Daniel Bryan vs The Shield (Dean Ambrose, Roman Reigns, and Seth Rollins).

Tonight, Bellator 83 is currently in progress on MTV 2. Also, tomorrow night, UFC on FOX will take place where the main event is between Ben Henderson vs Nate Diaz for the UFC Lightweight Championship. One notable thing to occur is that majority of the prelims will air on FX instead of Fuel TV.

This Sunday, the New York Jets will be in Jacksonville, Florida to face the Jacksonville Jaguars in the 1 PM game on CBS, while the New York Giants will host the New Orleans Saints in the late game on FOX. While there is no controversy for the Giants, there is controversy when it came to the Jets. Last Sunday against the Arizona Cardinals, Jets QB Mark Sanchez had a very BAD performance and threw 3 interceptions. Not only did this cause the fans to almost start a riot, but Rex had to pull Sanchez and insert 3rd string QB Greg McElroy late into the game (Tebow was inactive due to broken ribs). The insertion of Greg McElroy paid off for the Jets since the game was on the line, and he managed to give the team a win (albeit an ugly win).

On Wednesday, Rex announced that Sanchez will start against JAX. Although this was an unpopular decision, I wasn't very surprised at all by this. However, Sanchez must be kept on a VERY SHORT leash. One screw up, and he has to sit down. Now, I have no hatred towards Mark Sanchez at all, but he has no confidence in himself and I believe the best thing for him is to switch careers. The pressure of being in NYC got to him, and being a professional athlete in The Big Apple is very tough. As for Sunday's game, let's wait and see.

That's all I have to say for now. Have a good weekend!