Friday, November 24, 2017

NOT Catching Up With IAC

I've stuck to my guns regarding watching - or rather not watching - this year's edition of I'm A Celebrity.

On Sunday night, I was kind of busy preparing for the wrestling so had it on in the background. I lasted five minutes before I decided to switch back over to the NFL game.

The plan was to catch up on Sunday's episode and make a judgement call from there, but I didn't do that and we're now five days in.

I'm not going to waste my time catching up on it now.

As I wrote on November 13th, none of the names that were being linked to the show at the time of publishing were doing it for me.

Thursday, November 23, 2017

Predicting The TNF Winner (Week 12 2017)

Tonight's late NFL game will see the New York Giants take on Washington on Thursday Night Football.

The next paragraph usually begins with 'I have put the stats into my spreadsheet...' but I haven't done the next part.

And here's why.

I know it's going to have Washington winning. So, here goes....

I LEAVE THE SCREEN TO DO THE SPREADSHEET

...Oh wow, I was wrong.

The system has New York winning by a point. It also has the game to have fifty-one points.

As of the time of writing, the pointspread line is set at 7 and the totals line is 45. Therefore, it's recommended plays are:

NYG +7
Over 45 Points

I always finish off these Thursday Night Football posts with the warning that I never bet on these games. It's for experimental purposes only.

Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Georgia Dome On Hulk Hogan's Mind

In yesterday's post, I wrote about the demolition of the Georgia Dome. Here's a short follow-up.

In the post, I mentioned two matches (well, you can call one of them a match!) that Hulk Hogan wrestled in the Dome.

He made mention of the building in a tweet he sent out on the day of destruction.

Hulk Hogan Tweets About The Georgia Dome

Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Georgia Dome On My Mind

While reading the news yesterday afternoon, I found myself coming across a story about Atlanta's Georgia Dome being demolished.

The building was reduced to rubble after an orchestrated implosion yesterday morning.

I've never been there, but I do have some thoughts on the venue.

Growing up as a wrestling fan, I used to love watching the major shows in big domes or stadiums. For example, there was WrestleMania III from Detroit's Pontiac Silverdome (coincidentally, this building is due to be demolished as well, if I recall correctly), Toronto Skydome for WrestleMania VI, Indianapolis' Hoosier Dome for Mania VIII (has been demolished).

While I'm throwing out stadiums and domes, I may as well point to SummerSlam 1992 which was held from Wembley Stadium. Yet another than has been knocked down.

Georgia Dome Hosting WCW NitroNotice how all these memories are of big venues for big events? Well, imagine how much I enjoyed watching the Georgia Dome play host to episodes of World Championship Wrestling's Monday Nitro back in the 1990s.

The Georgia Dome has hosted many sporting events since opening for the 1996 Atlanta Games, but what I'll remember it the best for is the Nitro in the summer of 1998 when Bill Goldberg defeated Hulk Hogan to become WCW Champion.

It was only a few months into Goldberg's run. He was undefeated and was a rising star at the time. Hogan - noticing how hot Goldberg was getting - allowed the company to put the strap on the newcomer for the first time. It wasn't a good deed by the Hulkster, though. His ulterior motive was to be the guy who ended the streak and get his championship back in the long run.

The story didn't go that way, though.

Goldberg lost the title to Kevin Nash in the main event of WCW Starrcade 1998. Then, a few days after that  - on January 4th 1999 - during an episode of WCW Nitro, Hogan once again became WCW Champion after he and Nash did what is now regarded as 'The Fingerpoke of Doom'.

To start the match, Hogan poked Nash's shoulder, Nash then did a pratfall and The Hulkster covered the champion for the three count.

Hogan and Nash then reformed the New World Order faction after their shenanigans.

Many thought this was one of the things that turned fans off WCW Wrestling.

Why am I going off on a tangent? Well, guess which building was the venue for this particular episode of Nitro?

Yep - the Georgia Dome.

Despite hosting the best and worst of World Championship Wrestling, the building was packed and it made for a cool visual seeing fans jampacked in there for a Monday night show.

Monday, November 20, 2017

A Christmas Pizza? A Christmas Pizza!

If you read this post a few weeks ago, you should know that I tried two peculiar pizza flavours that are available from Asda.

Well, the supermarket is at it again.

In December, you will now have a chance to buy a Christmas dinner pizza.

The toppings are: Chicken, roast potatoes, Brussels sprouts with cranberry sauce on the base.

I didn't like potatoes on the last pizza I tried (Cheesey Chips) from Asda, so know I won't like this one. However, I might - MIGHT - give this a go for a laugh.

Sunday, November 19, 2017

What I'm Watching Tonight (Week 11 2017)

Here is the weekly post where I write about the NFL games that I'm planning to watch tonight.

It's an easy one today.

All I'm watching this evening is NFL RedZone.

Until the WWE Survivor Series, of course.

Saturday, November 18, 2017

Coleman Going

It's Friday evening as I'm writing this and there are reports coming out which state that Chris Coleman is set to leave his job as the boss of the Welsh National Football Team.

This news doesn't surprise me. In fact, I was sort of surprised he didn't leave after last year's  trip to the European finals.

However, even though it isn't shocking, it doesn't mean how sorry I am to see him go.

Coleman came in at the worst possible time. His predecessor, Gary Speed, had taken his own life so whoever was going to follow had more than a job to walk into. Coleman carried on what Speed had started to build.

And then some.

It was fun seeing Wales play in the first-ever football tournament in my lifetime. Chris Coleman helped make this possible.

I wish him nothing but success.