A Timeless Classic Hidden in Japan

To watch New Japan Pro Wrestling is to step into another world, one in which nobody really cares that the results are predetermined because there is a willingness from everyone involved to buy fully into the fiction. In NJPW, pro wrestling is a sport, a revered one at that – to the point that theContinue reading “A Timeless Classic Hidden in Japan”

NBA Finals Running Diary

September 30th (pre-Finals Thoughts) I have too many thoughts to keep the other running diary veering any further into epic length, so here we go with a separate version for the Finals. Heat vs. Lakers. Not what we expected, but what we deserve in this wild year. A 5th seed making the championship round isContinue reading “NBA Finals Running Diary”

September Takeaways, College Football 2020

-It took about 3 weeks for it to really feel like college football season. Typically, it’s my favorite sports period of the year, but with the COVID-related uncertainty, I never truly allowed myself to get the usual August excitement going. I watched GameDay on September 12th and saw the Irish play, I finally put upContinue reading “September Takeaways, College Football 2020”

She Was Like a Lady Bug…Only, She Was Our Lucy Bug

The title comes from a famous phrase in the history of the Chad and Sarah Show, as my wife and I were dubbed at our wedding. “She’s like a ladybug, only Lucy,” Sarah told me after uttering the nickname, “Lucy Bug,” for the first time. I’ve repeated that phrase a hundred times in the 12Continue reading “She Was Like a Lady Bug…Only, She Was Our Lucy Bug”

The WrestleMania Era 2.0 Podcast, Complete Season 1

Ladies and gentlemen, I hope you’ve been well as we all continue to navigate the upside-down world in which we live.  This year has been beyond strange.  Accordingly, I have been leaning heavily into the pro wrestling world for an escape.  Out of the chaos (and with other inspiration) came an idea to revisit my book,Continue reading “The WrestleMania Era 2.0 Podcast, Complete Season 1”

2020 NBA Playoffs Running Diary

Pre-Playoffs Stage-Setting: The NBA’s return has been glorious, the quality of play fantastic and the quality of the television product surprisingly great in the “bubble.” I did not get to watch a ton of basketball during the seeding round, but Damian Lillard was the must-see player, well-earning the MVP he was awarded for his efforts.Continue reading “2020 NBA Playoffs Running Diary”

NXT Takeovers Ranked (#16 to #30)

NXT celebrated the five year anniversary of perhaps its most significant show ever on Saturday night. Takeover XXX did not fully live up to the standard set by the best of is predecessors, but as soon to be definitively stated, there’s really no such thing as a bad Takeover. NXT’s special event brand is theContinue reading “NXT Takeovers Ranked (#16 to #30)”

The Best Movie of the 2010s?

With sincere hopes of basketball season lasting smoothly from its playoff start date this week to its conclusion in mid-October, I am writing this to give a nod to the longest Movie Season I’ve had since officially creating the label back in 2013.  Typically, I spend extracurricular time on movies (at home) from after theContinue reading “The Best Movie of the 2010s?”

Remembering My Mother-In-Law, Mary Kay Newman

For Mary Kay… One of my low-key favorite things about visiting the Newman house is the little kitchen marquee – the tiny chalkboard sign above the cabinets with a welcome message.  “What’s it going to say,” has become a part of my routine thoughts when I first walk in the door.  This week, it read,Continue reading “Remembering My Mother-In-Law, Mary Kay Newman”