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Saturday, April 22, 2006
Klitschko, landing huge straight right hands all night, knocked Byrd down and almost out in the fifth round, and continued to batter him. Klitschko opened the seventh aggressively, dropping Byrd, now cut and bleeding around the eyes, again. Byrd arose unsteadily, retreated to the ropes, and referee Wayne Kelly stopped the fight.
This was a rematch of their fight of October 14, 2000, also in Germany, in which Klitschko won a 12-round unanimous decision after dropping Byrd twice.
Klitschko is now 46-3 with 41 KOs. Byrd is now 39-3-1 with 20 KOs, and suffered his first loss since that first fight with Klitschko.
After the fight, which was shown live in the U.S. on HBO, Byrd admitted, “I was never in the fight.” Klitschko said he next wants to add another heavyweight belt to his collection.
The fight will be rebroadcast on HBO at 10 PM ET/PT Sat. night.
The article argues – using a method much-ignored in what passes as journalism these days of analyzing FACTS – that “Over the past five years the US economy experienced a net job loss in goods producing activities.”
For those obsessed with examining ideology first rather than facts, consider this: Paul Craig Roberts was Assistant Secretary of the Treasury in the Reagan administration, an Associate Editor of the Wall Street Journal editorial page, and a Contributing Editor to the conservative National Review. The article appears on the predominantly left wing web site CounterPunch which calls itself a “muckraking newsletter edited by Alexander Cockburn and Jeffrey St. Clair” which is pleased that their “readers write in to say how useful they've found our newsletter in their battles against the war machine, big business and the rapers of nature.”
So read this piece and analyze what it says and advocates for yourself. And DO SOMETHING.
Friday, April 21, 2006
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Judging from how well-run their World Sumo Challenge event was this past October in Madison Square Garden, this new league has the potential to establish itself quickly as one of the major leagues in the world of combat sports.
Coverage of that October sumo event was featured on a special preview show of "No Holds Barred" in December. Interviewed about that event were former yokozuna Musashimaru, boxing trainer Tommy Gallagher, New York City Sports Commissioner Ken Podziba, Big Boy Productions CEO Noah Goldman, sumo and judo coach Yoshisada Yonezuka, and sumo wrestlers Ronny Allman and Sydney Carty, as well as judo legends Teimoc Jonston-Ono and Mike Swain, and muay Thai fighters Brian Robertson and Willow Chanthavong, about the Mayhem on Mulberry Muay Thai event also held in October 2005 in New York.
You can still listen for free to that show by clicking here.
The World Sumo League also has a new web site, at http://www.ultimatesumo.com/ .
Below is the press release about the World Sumo League’s world tour. (FYI, Noah Goldman, President and CEO of Big Boy Productions, which is putting on these events, is no known relation to me.)
WORLD SUMO LEAGUE ANNOUNCES 2006 MEGA TOUR OF NORTH AND SOUTH AMERICA, AUSTRALIA, NEW ZEALAND, THE UK AND EUROPE
New York, NY -- Building on the success of its first World S.U.M.O. Challenge at Madison Square Garden in New York City on October 22, 2005, the New York-based sports and entertainment production company Big Boy Productions, LLC. has formed the World Sumo League (WSL), a worldwide sports organization that will promote professional Sumo matches at first-class venues in countries all over the world. The WSL will launch this spring with a 2006 Mega Tour that will bring champion Sumo wrestlers to over 60 professional Sumo events and competitions in cities worldwide, including London, Paris, Los Angeles, Chicago, Philadelphia, Amsterdam, Berlin, Budapest, Warsaw, Las Vegas, Santiago, Sydney, Auckland, Buenos Aires, Detroit, Oakland, CA, and New York.
The WSL Mega Tour will feature many of the world’s best Sumo wrestlers from countries including Japan, Mongolia, Poland, Germany, Bulgaria, the United States, Great Britain, Republic of Georgia, The Netherlands, Ukraine, Hungary and Norway. The Sumo wrestlers will be competing for total prize money of over $1,000,000! The ultimate winner has a chance to be crowned the World Sumo League Champion at the Finals on Saturday, October 21, 2006, at Madison Square Garden in New York City.
Each tour stop will feature round-robin matches with 24 Sumo wrestlers. The WSL will have a Grand Prix Bonus System with points awarded to each of the Sumo wrestlers who win a match in competition. As a Sumo wrestler advances in each round of an evening’s competition, there will be additional bonus points awarded. For example, one (1) point will be awarded for the opening match won; then two (2) additional points for the second match won; five (5) additional points for winning the quarter-final match, ten (10) additional points for winning the semi-final match; and twenty (20) additional points for winning the evening’s competition. The top 24 ranked Sumo wrestlers based on their point standings will be seeded into the season ending WSL Championships at Madison Square Garden on October 21, 2006.
The 2006 WSL Mega Tour will begin with matches at Foxwoods Resort and Casino in Mashantucket, CT, on Friday, May 19, and the Mid Hudson Civic Center in Poughkeepsie, NY, on Saturday, May 20. The tour will continue with engagements at The Palace at Auburn Hills, MI, on Friday, May 26; Allstate Arena in Chicago, IL, on Saturday, May 27; Wachovia Center in Philadelphia, PA on Saturday, June 3; Continental Airlines Arena in East Rutherford, NJ, on Friday, June 9; Arrowhead Pond in Anaheim, CA, on Friday, June 16; and Oakland Arena in Oakland, CA, on Saturday, June 17. (Other U.S. tour dates in May and June are awaiting confirmation.)
Following the North American leg, the WSL World Mega Tour will resume in August in Australia and New Zealand; early September in South America; mid to late September in Ireland and the United Kingdom; and conclude late September – mid-October in Europe. The top 24 point-earners on the World Mega Tour will be invited to compete for the 2006 WSL World Championship title at Madison Square Garden in New York City on October 21, 2006.
Tour matches will be taped for television in the US and abroad. Big Boy Productions has an agreement with NBD Television Ltd. in London, England, to distribute the programs worldwide. NBD TV has already sold two 90-minute specials and 26 hour specials from the WSL Mega Tour to Flextech in the UK which will broadcast the series in the summer on its Challenge Channel.
Big Boy Productions, LLC is a New York-based sports and entertainment company that is dedicated to developing world-class Sumo wrestling in the United States and around the globe as a professional sport, and to present professional Sumo competitions in first-class venues worldwide. The company’s chief officers are Noah Goldman, President and CEO, and Jeffrey Daniels, Chairman and COO/Corporate Counsel.
“Sumo has been the fastest growing sport in countries worldwide over the past decade,” said Mr. Goldman. “World-class International sumo is a global phenomenon and there are professional Sumo organizations in more than 80 countries. Because of this growing international appeal, the sport may be added to the Olympics, possibly as early as the 2012 Summer Games.”
“Big Boy is proud to introduce professional Sumo wrestling to audiences all over the world,” said Mr. Daniels. “Sumo wrestlers are amazing athletes who combine power, speed and agility steeped in ancient tradition and spirituality. Big Boy is committed to keeping all the tradition and excitement of the sport alive and creates a recognizable brand which will further enhance the popularity of Sumo worldwide.”
Sumo wrestling is one of the oldest forms of martial arts and Japan’s national sport. The most notable feature of the sport is the size of the athletes, ranging from 200 to 600 pounds. Sumo opponents battle barefoot and wear a mawashi, a traditional loin cover. The object is to throw your opponent outside an 18-foot ring, called a dohyo, or knock him to the ground. Wrestlers use many moves, including the oshi-dashi, or push, to drive an opponent backward, and the tzuki-dashi, or slap, to upset an opponent’s balance.
A typical Sumo match lasts less than one-minute; if a bout goes as long as three-minutes, there is a short pause after which the combatants go at each other again. In addition to fierce aggression, Sumo is a sport with solemn traditions, including a pre-fight ritual where opponents squat facing each other and open their hands to show they have no weapons.
The WSL is dedicated to presenting Sumo wrestling all over the globe as a first-class professional sport. The WSL Mega Tour competitions are spectacular events presented in dramatic fashion. Although the event contains all the spirituality and mystique inherent in traditional Sumo wrestling, it is punctuated by special effects as well as live music provided by Taikoza, a thunderous percussion group that features taiko drums – large barrel-like drums that produce a magnificent sound -- creating a visual and audio treat for spectators.
The WSL Mega Tour will be produced and directed by Ted Kurdyla who has amassed a varied list of credits in film, television, cable and live entertainment throughout his producing career. He has produced and directed live entertainment productions in major venues across the U.S.A., including the World Sumo Challenge at Madison Square Garden in October 2005
The WSL Mega Tour television series and specials will be produced by Ron Honsa, President and Executive Producer of Moving Pictures, the New York-based award-winning creative production company for original programming and a post production leader in nonlinear editing. His company produced the television production of World Sumo Challenge in New York in October 2005, which was subsequently broadcast on numerous occasions on the ESPN Television Network in late 2005 and early 2006.
Big Boy Productions has also established working partnerships with world class leaders in their individual fields to maximize the revenue streams to WSL. They include:
Abrams Gentile Entertainment, Inc (AGE, Inc.), a full service entertainment company which develops, creates, and produces youth consumer products and family brand entertainment, is in charge of licensing the Ultimate S.U.M.O. brand. Founded in 1986, AGE has created and developed many best-selling products and programs including the Power Glove, Sky Dancers®, Dragon Flyz® Kinder-Garden Babies®, Bucky O™Hare, and Shining Stars. AGE has also created and produced over 150 half hours of award-winning children's television and family programming as well as the prime time comedy Diresta for Disney, The Rumsfords for PAX and The Magnificent Ambersons and NY At The Movies for the A&E Network.
Anthill Trading, a New York based global merchandising company that represents some of the most prestigious icons and trademarked properties in music, entertainment, and lifestyle, is in charge of merchandising for the WSL Mega Tour. Its exceptional roster of bands bridges the rock ‘n roll landscape with AC/DC, Blondie, Breaking Benjamin, David Bowie, Deep Purple, Gavin DeGraw, Iggy Pop, Neil Young, Pearl Jam, Pink Floyd, Rolling Stones, Roxy Music, Sting, and Velvet Revolver. Acclaimed for creative innovations and expertise in music apparel, accessories, collectibles and specialty items, Anthill’s commitment extends brand positioning internationally.
UltraStar Entertainment, LLC, which specializes in providing marketing and content services to major entertainment clients and their fans through community-based subscription clubs delivered over the web, has been engaged to create and maintain WSL’s dynamic new website, www.ultimatesumo.com. Clients include David Bowie, Sting, Red Hot Chilli Peppers and the Rolling Stones. UltraStar infuses each of its online properties with a unique blend of marketing, technology and management expertise. Stars and fans interact in new ways everyday through UltraStar’s communities.
The WSL Mega Tour is being booked worldwide by The Agency Group Ltd., the leading tour booking agency in the world, with offices in London, New York, Los Angeles, Toronto and Scandinavia. The Agency represents a wide variety of artists in all genres of music. Clients include David Gilmour, Nickel back, Alice Cooper, Art Arundel, Foo Fighters, Jurassic 5, Lanyard Skinnier, Method Man, Pink Floyd, Reel Big Fish and The Starting Line.
NBD Television, a leading music specialist in the world TV and DVD rights market, represents the worldwide TV sales of the WSL Mega Tour. NBD has a diverse catalogue including Sports Entertainment, Film and arts documentaries as well as various film categories offering a large selection of classic movies.
Thursday, April 20, 2006
On this week's edition of NO HOLDS BARRED, Eddie Goldman speaks with Mo Lawal. We discuss his victory at the 2006 U.S. National Wrestling Championships and his preparation for the U.S. World Team Trials in May and the World Championships in September in China. We discuss the new international wrestling rules. We also discuss the development of Real Pro Wrestling leagues in the U.S., in which Mo was also a champion last season, and in Iran. And we discuss boxing and its relation to wrestling, as well as mixed martial arts.
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Wednesday, April 19, 2006
It is titled “‘Broadway Boxing’ Gets a TV Home of Its Own”.
The article discusses the new arrangement between DiBella Entertainment’s “Broadway Boxing” series in New York and the new television network SportsNet New York (SNY), which debuted in March of this year and primarily features New York Mets’ games. Interviewed are both Lou DiBella, president of DiBella Entertainment, and Jon Litner, president of SportsNet New York.
The article goes on to critique HBO’s replay of the April 8 Mayweather-Judah fight for not providing more discussion of that fight’s tenth-round in-ring brawl, as well as the resulting disciplinary hearing held last week by the Nevada State Athletic Commission.
And it closes with another blast at Sports Illustrated for poor reporting on boxing by labeling all the recent heavyweight title victors and challengers from Eastern Europe as being “Russians.”
Tuesday, April 18, 2006
On this week's edition of SecondsOut Radio, host Eddie Goldman discusses the April 22 IBF heavyweight title fight in Mannheim, Germany. Headlining that card will be champion Chris Byrd facing challenger Wladimir Klitschko. These two first fought Oct. 14, 2000, also in Germany, with Klitschko winning a 12-round unanimous decision and knocking Byrd down twice. Since then, however, Byrd has not lost a fight, while Klitschko, in 12 subsequent fights, has been stopped by Corrie Sanders and Lamon Brewster.
We speak with both Chris Byrd and Wladimir Klitschko, as well as Klitschko’s trainer, Emanuel Steward.
It is free to listen to SecondsOut Radio, but you must register to gain access to it. Just click here, and listen, learn, and enjoy.
The lovely and very perfect Alyssa, pictured to the right, announced it on her MySpace blog Monday afternoon, at a packed press conference in an alley on East 9th St., or something like that.
Anyway, here is her post:
Monday, April 17, 2006
KING OF THE TRAILER PARK!
Current mood: bouncy
the ballots are in... the votes have been casted.........Doc Hollidays King of the Trailer Park is (drum roll please........) Eddie Goldman!!!!
If I knew how to put pictures in my blog, I would post a giant picture of him....
With his General Lee t shirt, and his overalls, and his mullet,all those redneck jokes and his body hair, it just is unfair for me to call it a competetion. Hands down, Eddie is officially King of the Trailer Park.
To Eddie: come next week to claim your prize. hee hee hee. and if you would like to stick a redneck joke or 2 in the comment section of the blog feel free..... Sorry it took me so long to get this out. xoxo~ alyssa
NEXT WEEK: well be looking for his Queen... Ladies, dress the part!!!
This is very humbling. I’ve been training in bars for four decades for this moment. I want to thank everyone who made this moment possible, especially those professionals who work behind the bar who kept the beer cold, the conversation hot, and the vibes cool. And in particular the ones who showed me their …. never mind.
Just a few minor corrections to Alyssa’s proclamation are in order: I wasn’t wearing overalls, but my fancy jeans, the Wrangler’s, and not the K-Mart Route 66 brand (they were dirty). My hair is long, but not really a mullet, more Big Kenny or Shooter Jennings long (where it still grows anyway). Several of my friends have advised me not to cut it, so it’s easier to listen to them than waste time with someone pointing a scissors at my neck. And the body hair, thank you, is all natural and came with the package. No waxed metrosexuals need apply to the Trailer Park.
As Alyssa said, this coming Thursday will see the crowning of a Queen, assuming she doesn’t get tossed out of the bar before her coronation. I plan to be covering the fights at the Manhattan Center that evening, so will try to get over when they are done. In the meantime, since Alyssa requested it, below is my brief redneck monologue, already approved by a friend who says she knows plenty of people just like this:
I was gonna go out tonight after I got my sister out of jail. She was busted for stealing DVD’s at the mall. And of Larry the Cable Guy movies!
I said, “Sis, why did you steal THOSE? We taped them already from the TV!” She answered, “I know, but I hocked the VCR for some beer money.”
So she was kinda embarrassed about it all and tried to make it up by jerking me off. Well, just a little. Until our cousin came over. She hadn’t seen him in a while, and they wanted to be alone, so I left.
Sis and I are going to visit our ma and pa in the cemetery tomorrow. That’s where they work. They sell flowers. These crying rich folks come in and all the time forget to bring flowers. So ma and pa sell some to them, wait till they leave, and take ‘em back off the grave and re-sell them again. Hell, these folks ain’t coming back before a couple of years anyway, and how are the dead ones gonna know at all?
Me and sis once got it on in a grave. But we got caught. By our cousins, who were doing the same thing. And they ain’t even married!
Sunday, April 16, 2006
There will be a two-hour special telecast of this event on CSTV starting this Friday, April 21. Here is the schedule, all times EDT:
Fri., Apr. 21 9:00 PM
Sat., Apr. 22 2:00 AM
Sat., Apr. 22 8:00 AM
Sat., Apr. 22 9:00 PM
Sun., Apr. 23 6:00 AM
Wed., Apr 26 7:30 PM
Thurs., Apr. 27 8:00 AM
Fri., Apr 28 2:30 PM
Make sure to check your local listings.