Everyone Hates Chris- Including Phil Jackson

This is hilarious, and it’s not a Chris Rock punchline this time. Obviously, what celebrities think about sports is more important than actual analysis, but Phil doesn’t appreciate the intrusion.

Did you see the look on Chris Rock’s face? He looks like he just got scolded by his mother! Too funny.

Strikeforce Los Angeles Results

What an exciting night for Strikeforce and MMA! I wanted to wait until the official scorecard came out for the main event before making this post, and without further delay, here are the results:

By a unanimous decision, the judges gave the win to Babalu Sobral, and I would have to agree. After a frenzied three rounds, the scorecard came down to 29-28 for Sobral. The first round found Babalu grappling off the bat, with Robbie Lawler focusing on throwing calculated strikes. By the end of the first round, Lawler was able to avoid any serious holds, and took his minute to recompose himself.

At the start of the second round, Babalu appeared to be switching strategies, and landed some excellent blows to the body, including a tremendous body kick. Lawler came out with a decidedly more aggressive tempo, throwing more jabs, but not connecting as many solid hits as he would have liked. Towards the end of the round, Babalu’s landed a devastating strike to Lawler’s ribs, and despite Lawler looking shaken, he manages one more direct hit to Babalu’s chin before the conclusion of the second round.

The start of the third round had Sobral and Lawler trading throws evenly. As the round dragged on, Lawler seemed to realize that Sobral was gaining the upper hand. Lawler struggled to land a knockout blow, but to no avail. While “Ruthless” Robbie Lawler made a valiant effort towards the end, it is eventually clear to the judges- and the crowd- that Babalu fought the better match.

While the main card was a true contest of endurance for the fighters, it was not the highlight of the evening. Prior to the showdown between Lawler and Sobral, Evangelista “Cyborg” Santos decimated Marius Zaromskis with an explosive knockout just minutes into the first round. Despite this post being rushed, it looks as though Zaromskis’ fall stemmed from a failed head kick, which gave Santos the opportunity to land a head kick of his own, followed by a few punches, and finally the blow that knocked Marius to the ground.

Other results from the night had Tim Kennedy submitting Trevor Prangley via rear naked choke in the first round. Kennedy had an impressive performance tonight, he was clearly hungry for the win. The Conor Heun/ K.J. Noons fight ended with a bit of a twist, with one of the judges scoring a perfect match for Heun. It was close, but there was definitely at least one round of the match where Noons dominated Heun, and he ended up edging out Heun for the victory by split decision.

The Alexander Technique

Work, Finances, Relationships – These are just a few of the many sources of stress in our everyday lives. Stress is a normal physical response to events that make you feel threatened or upset your balance in some way. When you sense danger – whether it’s real or imagined – the body’s defenses kick into high gear in a rapid, automatic process known as the “fight-or-flight” reaction, or the stress response.

In other words, your body is working to protect you! Although, the body has a difficult time distinguishing between physical and emotional/psychological threats. In essence, something as simple as a traffic ticket can result in a fight or flight response that parallels a life or death situation. – It’s obvious that when chronic, this can be highly detrimental to one’s health and lifestyle.

There are simple solutions to work around and/or avoid stress. I’ve tried a few; some that involve physical actions like breathing deeper and taking a relaxing walk and some that require the end of friendships or emotional ties. Particularly, I’d like to mention the Alexander Technique. Simply put “The Alexander technique is a way of learning how you can get rid of harmful tension in your body.” [1]

The intricacies of the method can only be taught and learned through an actual course, but you can find out further information at The Alexander Technique. Surprisingly enough, I find myself doing some of the things that the basic principles of the method suggests. Ultimately, the method should instruct you in how to appropriately balance your energy/effort in your everyday activities. This could be something as simple as getting ready for work, which I’ve been working on myself! In other words, upon waking, I like to sit for a few minutes while my body adjusts to the newly illuminated environment, before actually putting a pair of pants on, or hopping in the shower.

Although, there are many practices that I immerse myself in that the method would frown upon. For example, I frequent the gym over 5 times a week, while getting to bed late and waking early. Burning the candle at both ends influences my decision-making process during the work day and hinders most of my other activities, resulting in a high caffeine intake, along with supplemental vitamins for exercising.

I’m highly interested in what this method has to offer and so should you! Take a moment to check out their website and see if you can’t find the right balance of energy to relieve some of the stress in your life. Also, The Alexander Technique Podcast can be found at http://bodylearningcast.com; helpful to those on the road, commuting (or working out!).

The Elusive 6-Pack

It’s been almost 6 months of strenuous ab routines, and I still can’t locate that supreme sixer than I’ve always wanted. Sure, I’ve got two; but who settles for just two protruding abdominals?

Granted, I don’t just work my abdominals – there are several other daily routines I go through to work chest, arms, back, legs, and shoulders. But let’s face it – the most difficult muscles to work are those of your lower abdominals. I’ve tried all sorts of Men’s Health tips and workouts, but nothing seems to have worked. Although less than a month ago I came across The SixPackNow Program.

Now I’ve tried web workouts before, like Lee Haywards 12 week program, which turned out to substantially keep me in shape while building muscle – Having said this, I can certainly vouch for the SixPackNow Program.

Claiming to have helped over ten thousand unique customers gain their desired results, the SixPackNow Program will leave you cut while rapidly removing fat. I can’t get into the intricacies of how the program works without divulging secrets, but I will reassure you that it’s more than crunches and leg extensions – there are superior exercise routines within that will certainly provide optimal results. Take a peek at some of the program’s benefits:

* Make a complete Body Transformation!
* Develop firm, sexy abs!
* Drop body fat quickly and safely!
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* Improve all round physical fitness!
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* Improve posture and eradicate back pain!
* You’ll fit into clothes comfortably!
* And you’ll look and feel amazing!

In order to become a member with full benefits, you may click here or visit http://www.sixpacknow.com.

Rampage Jackson: “Acting is Kind-of Gay”

I have been mulling over doing a post about Rampage Jackson’s (agent’s) brilliant marketing move to have his fight coincide with the release of his A-Team remake. Despite Jackson losing to Rashad Evans this past weekend, I still thought it would make a good story.

Then I came across this story on the LA Times site and I could not resist the urge to discuss it. Now, you don’t get cast to play the embodiment of Mr. T by being soft or good-natured, but I would have to describe Jackson’s comments as a little inflammatory.

“Acting is kind of gay,” Jackson said. “It makes you soft. You got all these people combing your hair and putting a coat over your shoulders when you’re cold. I don’t want a coat over my shoulders! I’m a tough-ass [expletive deleted]!

“Vancouver strikes me as a San Francisco-kind of place,” he continued. “And I don’t want [expletive deleted] getting ideas about me. I feel in my heart I’m the toughest [expletive deleted] on the planet. And I don’t want nothing changing my train of thought. If you don’t believe that when we step inside the octagon, it shows.”

Oh brother! I wonder what Jackson would say were he forced to revisit these comments. Considering his abysmal performance on May 29th, there is a very good chance his primary income for the remainder of the year will be from being kind of gay an actor.

“Acting is kind of gay,” Jackson told Chris Lee of the Los Angeles Times of his experience filming in Vancouver. “It makes you soft. You got all these people combing your hair and putting a coat over your shoulders when you’re cold. I don’t want a coat over my shoulders! I’m a tough-ass (expletive)!