Sunday, November 29, 2015

What I'm Watching Tonight (Week 12 2015)

Here are the NFL games that I'll be watching tonight both on Sky Sports and the NFL GamePass service.

Sky Sports 6pm: New York Giants @ Washington
NFL GamePass 6pm: Tampa Bay @ Indianapolis
Sky Sports 9:25pm: Pittsburgh @ Seattle
NFL GamePass 9:05pm: Arizona @ San Francisco (only because it's the only other game!)

Saturday, November 28, 2015

A Real Black Friday For News Reporting

It was quite funny watching the news yesterday.

The BBC seemed so desperate to have a Black Friday riot story on its bulletins they were forced to air clips from last year's hysteria because there was nothing to report.

No rioting took place, so their agenda had to focus on 'Look what happened last year - it was much quieter this time!'

They even had a camera crew outside a Currys store where ONE person was queuing up waiting to go in.

Better luck next year.

Friday, November 27, 2015

Another Gremlins Movie Rumour Doing The Rounds

I'm reading a fair bit about a new Gremlins film being made. These rumours pop up every now and again. I've written about them before, and I'm sure I'll write about them again.

What I am finding it difficult to determine is whether the movie will be a reboot or a segue from the two movies that came out in the 1980s and early 1990s.

There was an article on the Mirror website claiming that Zach Galligan - who played the protagonist in the two movies - had noted the Chris Columbus has been dead set against the idea of a remake.

However, the IMDB page for the movie has it listed as 'Gremlins' and not 'Gremlins 3'. The little write-up mentions that it's 'a remake of the 1984 film',

This does not fill me with confidence.

I'd much rather revisit the old characters like Billy and Gizmo over twenty-five years since I last saw them.

The guy who played Murray Futterman is still alive and making movies, so I'd be down with seeing what happened to him after everything he went through in the first, and second, films.

Oh... and the big thing I would like is for this film to be is to have the puppets similar to the original movies. None of this overdone CGI nonsense.

I'm not asking for too much, am I?

Thursday, November 26, 2015

The Colts Are Coming

I was shocked to find out that the first NFL International Series game of next season will see the Indianapolis Colts travel to London to take on the Jacksonville Jaguars.

I never once entertained the idea the Jags would give up their AFC South home game up against one of the top teams in the NFL.

As a Colts fan, I am chuffed to bits that the team will finally play a ballgame in the UK. Chuffed!

The game will take place in week 4 of the 2016 season at Wembley Stadium.

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Fantasy Failure

My good run at playing NFL Fantasy is over.

I'm 4-7 so far this season. No way back from here.

The thing that messed me up was the draft. I started off on the wrong foot by going for Andrew Luck and then tried being cute with some off the radar players. This allowed the rest of the league to nab more talented players who could do well from week one.

I should end by stating that I've learned from my mistake, but I'll probably take a similar approach next year.

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Sheamus Is The Champ

Sheamus is the new WWE World Champion.

I sort of had an inkling he would wind up cashing in his Money in the Bank title shot at the close of Survivor Series.

What gave it away for me was the fact he was absent from WWE television in the week leading up to the pay-per-view. I thought it was a reverse psychology trick to keep him out our minds until his 'unexpected' appearance to claim his title shot.

With that stated, Sheamus did show back up before his cash in. He was involved in a Survivor Series tag match on the main card.

As soon as I saw him, I discounted the idea that he would cash in so I was mildly surprised when he came out following Roman Reigns' victory celebration to challenge for the title.

It will be interesting to see what happens from here. I placed a bet that Sheamus would be in the world title match at WrestleMania (I was predicting a Money in the Bank cash in during WrestleMania, you see). The bet might end up being a losing one now, though. I doubt Sheamus will go all the way to Mania with the strap.

It'll be a case of me being glad I'm wrong if he does manage to hold on until April.

Monday, November 23, 2015

Roald Dahl

Today is the twenty-fifth anniversary of the passing of Roald Dahl.

I was brought up in the same city as Dahl. So, as you would expect, he was a huge part of my childhood.

The first time I came across his work was in the mid-1980s when we were read Charlie and the Chocolate Factory in infant school.

From there it was Charlie and the Great Glass Elevator, The BFG, The Twits, Boy (twice - once at junior school and the other at high school), Matilda and more.

I went beyond that, though. I read his work outside of the schoolroom.

Of all his books, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory remains my favourite.

One of the most cool things about my fascination with Roald Dahl's work came in 1986 or 87 when I wrote a letter to him telling him how much I enjoyed his stories. He wrote back thanking me and telling me about how he too was from Cardiff.

Unfortunately, it's one of the only letters or autographs from a famous person that is not in my collection. I don't have a clue where it has gone.

And that bugs me as I would have really enjoyed sharing it here today.