Via BoxingHallOfFame.com comes this awesome clip of Sylvester Stallone working out the fight from the end of Rocky, and it’s totally worth watching, especially for the impromptu Carl Weathers acting workshop. Tobias would be proud.
The Denver Nuggets prevailed over the OKC Thunder in a hard-fought, overtime thriller. The biggest beef of the game, however, was between Russell Westbrook and Nuggets mascot Rocky. Russ trolled the fans in Denver by goaltending two of his halfcourt attempts. Per the Denver Post: “Fans now have a villain,’ Ty Lawson said.
I’m not sure whose side I’m on. Regular readers know that I’m a sports mascot enthusiast, so I usually take their side, and my first reaction to Goaltending A Lion-Gate was the headline. After reading about it, the half-court shots were an attempt to win Q’Doba queso for the arena … if Rocky makes any of those shots, everyone gets a coupon for a bowl of cheese.
So do I side with the anthropomorphic lion because goaltending is an assy move, or do I side with Westbrook for preventing a few thousand people from downing a styrofoam bowl of hot cheese they wouldn’t have wanted or eaten unless it was free?
What you’re supposed to get from watching this video: Bobb Sapp is fighting Mariusz Pudzianowski at KSW 19 on May 12.
What you actually get from watching this video: A sinus headache, followed by the assumption that Bob Sapp is a megalomaniacal Japanese super villain who can’t properly eat eggs, can punch a pillow so hard it explodes and stole his best trash talking bits from that part in The Goonies where Corey Feldman puts his tongue through a painting. Also, he’s fighting someone named Mario.
Of course, no matter how dumb this video is (or how sad Bob Sapp gets, because seriously, all I see when I look at him now is two minutes of Bobby Lashley throwing humping elbows) it’s an episode of ‘Cosmos’ compared to that horrible “how to rape a lady and get your dick bitten by a transsexual” thing Rampage Jackson pulled last week. It’s easier for me to accept the “it’s just a joke” defense when it’s a guy biting eggs and laughing like M. Bison.
I’m a few days late on this one, but Sylvester Stallone was inducted into the International Boxing Hall of Fame on Sunday under the classification of an “Observer“* because of the impact that the Rocky franchise has had on the sport of boxing. In fact, Stallone was inducted on the same day as Mike Tyson, whose presence in the Nintendo game Punchout! may be the reason that most of us ever even noticed the sport. But all wistful childhood nostalgia aside, Stallone’s recognition has the boxing purists plugging their cauliflower ears and screaming for the sanctity of their nearly irrelevant and almost totally corrupt sport.
These experts and critics say that an actor with no fighting past has no place in their Hall of Fame, despite his film character’s iconic status and impact on the sport.
Tony winner Thomas Meehan went through his DVD collection the other day, looking for a new musical. “Annie? No. Young Frankenstein? Maybe. Wait, no, we already did that. The Producers? SH*T.” Then, he got to Rocky. Rocky is about a brain damaged debt collector who falls in love and finds out he’s great at championship boxing because a combination of ignorance and pride keep him from falling down. So of course that sounds like the perfect musical!
“It was made to be a musical,” Meehan said. It’s got all the elements.”
“Sylvester Stallone won’t be in it, but he’s given us his blessing,” Meehan said. “He and I sat and worked it out together. It’s really, on some level, autobiographical. He was an actor nobody cared about. The whole thing is an analogy of his own life.”
You know what I always thought would make “Gonna Fly Now” more inspirational? A crowd of people fake smiling and making jazz hands at the celing. I saw Mary Poppins at the Kennedy Center and I thought that was a pretty great adaptation, so I’m guessing punching frozen meats and giving robot sidekicks to your girlfriend’s wacky brother to show how rich you’ve gotten will make equally great topics for songs. The musical will be based on the first Rocky (known as “Rocky 1″), and sadly not Rocky III, which has all the semi-nude beach running and dialogue about “colored fighters” we’ve come to expect from Broadway.
Hopefully this song will be included in the production:
Geekologie (via flubby) found these humorous and somewhat-anatomically-correct USB drives, inspired by characters from Rocky III. They retail for about 2,900 yen ($30 US) here, but haven’t been released yet, as far as I can tell. Also can’t tell how much memory these guys sport, but since they’re boxers, it can’t be all that much, but if you’re looking for a drive with great abs and solid hand speed, then this is just what you need. They’re also planning to release a USB hub in the likeness of Adrian. I’ll give you a second to figure that one out…