Friday, March 24, 2017

Jan Ross Dies

I was sorry to hear of Jan Ross' passing on Wednesday.

She was the wife of wrestling's Jim Ross.

Unfortunately, she was struck by a car while riding a Vespa scooter on Monday night. The decision was made on Wednesday to turn off her life support machine.

As a fan of the sport, I had heard a lot of good things about Mrs. Ross and how much of a rock she has been to Jim. I heard a lot of good things about her in the hours after the accident and once the news of her death was announced.

Thursday, March 23, 2017

Westminster

Yet another act of terrorism has been committed.

I spent a good part of yesterday watching the coverage of the Westminster Attacks. I did so, once again, in disbelief that people could be so calculated as to do this kind of thing to innocent people.

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Escape Plan II In The Works

I watched the movie Escape Plan a few years ago and found out yesterday that a sequel is being made.

The original starred Sylvester Stallone as a person who is a professional jail breaker (I guess that's what he is) who is placed inside prisons to test the security. He ends up in there with a character played by Arnold Schwarzenegger.

Anyway, I don't know if Arnie is in Escape Plan II. It doesn't look like. What I do know is a certain former pro wrestler is..

No, not Dwayne Johnson.

Dave Bautista is. 

Kudos to Batista, though. The guy has done well with his movie career so far. I'm looking forward to seeing him in this film.

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

The Neighbours Impasse

There have been reports that Viacom and Fremantle Media are have met an impasse when it comes to renegotiating the contract to air Neighbours on Channel 5 here in the UK.

This means the soap opera could very well end up being taken off the air for the first time since it launched on these shores in 1986.

Apparently, there's an online petition where fans of the programme are asking for the negotiations to be sorted out.

As someone who has witnessed these negotiations from following the NFL TV deals in this country, I can only imagine what the hardcore Neighbours fans are going through right about now. The NFL UK forum always goes into meltdown whenever a new deal hasn't been reached, so I am sure the same sort of thing is happening wherever the Neighbours folk hang out.

Hopefully something gets worked out because I am worried that, if Neighbours leaves our screens, it will be Home and Away that will be next for the scrapheap.

Monday, March 20, 2017

13 Days To Go

Thirteen days to go.

Yep, yet another WrestleMania is on its way.

The thirty-third WrestleMania. As someone who first started watching them from number five way back in 1989, I'm feeling very old right now.

Even though I always look forward to watching Mania, I'm sort of not that fussed about this year's event. It's been like this for a few years, but I always end up finding something enjoyable.

Last year's show did drag on, though. I remember it kicked off at 10pm UK and went on and on and on and on and on.

You get the point.

It was light outside when I was finally trying to get to sleep. Drinking cans of Coke didn't help, but I plan to do the same this year.

Look at what I wrote back then:


And before you read on, check out the time of the post. I told you it was a long night!

As crazy as it might appear, it was The Rock's segment that - in my opinion - was the worst part of WrestleMania 32. It was too long and it did nothing other than to give Rocky his moment to announce the record-breaking attendance.

I'm sure I'll write more about WrestleMania within the next fortnight and beyond.

Sunday, March 19, 2017

Wenger's Decision

Arsene Wenger has revealed that he will soon announce his future plans as it pertains to managing Arsenal Football Club.

That's it, folks.

What I guess will happen is - when he makes this announcement - he'll say that he isn't signing a new contract and will depart from his current post at the end of the current season.

I'm not an Arsenal supporter, but I do respect Wenger for what he has done at that club.

It's sure going to be interesting to see what happens to Arsenal when Wenger leaves. Look at what has happened to Manchester United following Sir Alex Ferguson's retirement.

That could be Arsenal. In fact - I'm willing to bet that it will be Arsenal.

Only worse.

Saturday, March 18, 2017

Cheltenham Week 2017 : The Aftermath

What.

A.

Dreadful.

Cheltenham.

Festival.

FACT.

My 'research' in the hours after Cheltenham ended


In all of the years that I've wagered on the festival - and this is going back to my teens - I have never failed to pick at least one winner. I broke that streak in 2017.

Yesterday's losses totalled £20.62. Added together with the other three days and my 'picks' left me £200.59 out of pocket.

I did have an unpublished bet in the 4:50, but that doesn't count as I didn't record it in yesterday morning's post. Maybe I'll tell that story another time.

I'm sure I'll give it another go next year. The staking plan might need an adjustment, though. Might??

It will.