New York Jets franchise quarterback Sam Darnold was supposed to have a breakout season this year under offensive guru Adam Gase. That idea is now on hold for a few weeks. The Jets announced Darnold will miss Monday night’s game against the Cleveland Browns because of mononucleosis and he’s likely to miss more games this month as he recovers.
Mono is a tricky thing for athletes because it severely dehydrates the body and significantly lowers energy levels. Darnold will get the best possible treatment, so it’s possible he’ll be able to return faster than us common folk would. Trever Siemian, formerly of the Broncos, will step as quarterback in the interim.
Hiding under the bad Darnold news was Le’Veon Bell going for an MRI on his shoulder and the health uncertainty of pro-bowl middle linebacker CJ Mosley. If both cannot play Monday night, in addition to Darnold, the Jets will be in for a rough evening against a desperate Browns team that was blown out in their opener. But wait, it gets worse. The Jets next five games are at New England, at Philly, home verses Dallas, then home verses New England. The Jets could easily be 0-7 in the blink of an eye and Adam Gase could be fighting with reporters come mid-October. Might be time to cancel the football season in New York as the Giants don’t look to be in much better shape. At least the New York Yankees are going to make the playoffs this year.
There is no denying the best basketball talent in the world is American born. LeBron James, Steph Curry, Russell Westbrook, James Harden, Kahwi Leonard, Anthony Davis, and the list goes on. The problem for Team USA in this year’s FIBA World Cup was that none of the aforementioned suited up in red, white and blue. Despite an all-star coaching staff, Team USA rolled out a C-level team in China.
Coming into the tournament with a 58-game unbeaten streak, Team USA breezed through group play with a 5-0 record. They were led by the likes of Donovan Mitchell, Kemba Walker, Jaylen Brown, Harrison Barnes, Jayson Tatum, among other second and third tier NBA “stars.” Is that a roster good enough to win an international competition? Maybe. But if the big dogs were on the court, it never would have been in doubt.
USA encountered France in the quarter finals and were beaten 89-78. On paper, the talent levels match up, but the chemistry these other big basketball countries (France, Spain, Serbia, Australia, Canada) have with their teams is much better than that of the US team. In the game against France, it showed. The loss would have been more shocking if team USA had their big ballers, but they didn’t. Losing to Serbia a day later in the consolation bracket was also not very shocking given that players, at that point, were ready to go home. Can we fault this version of Team USA for not bringing home a title? Not really. Hopefully, it inspired the best of the best to put on the jersey and represent the best basketball nation in the world on the international stage next time.
The former power couple of Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie have six children together, four of whom were theirs and two were adopted by Jolie. Maddox and his sister Zahara were adopted by Jolie in 2006 from Cambodia and now Maddox is off to college in South Korea. The 18 year old was interviewed on the campus of Yonsei University and had some interesting things to say about his dad, Brad.
While claiming his siblings are excited about the fact he is attending college, when asked about his dad coming to visit him, Maddox said “I don’t know about that.” As the interviewer pressed more, Maddox answered, “Whatever happens, happens,” an answer that doesn’t speak of a good relationship with his father. On the positive side, it has been rumored that Brad and Angie are on much better terms now, which is a great thing for all their children. Hopefully the relationship between Brad and Maddox can be repaired as the teenager learns what college life is like abroad. Jolie, for her part, was seen on an Instagram video in tears when she dropped off her son at the school.
Thousands of young Americans are in a deep hole because of student debt. They are desperately trying to dig themselves out of the economic trap presented by the debt. It makes them a slave to their job and stops them from taking entrepreneurial chances, it effects whether or not they marry and start a family. New families buy houses, furniture and lots of stuff, which puts money back into the economy.
That was lost on Republican lawmaker Bill Posey of Florida when he questioned Hassan Minhaj, a comedian and Netflix host. Minaj explained that student loan debt is putting a “paywall” around young Americans, and that as a result, many are stuck on the sidelines. He went on the say that young people are asking celebrities to help pay off their student loans.
Minaj asked Congressman Posey, “Are you a fan of Taylor Swift? Are you a Swiftie? Posey was lost. Manaj continued, “Because even her fans have gone up to her and said would you pay back my student loans. That’s how desperate student borrowers are…They’re not even asking for selfies anymore.” Minhaj’s testimony was done in good conscience and good humor, but it’s not clear how well it was received by Congress. The bottom line here is that student debt is a major issue for thousands upon thousands and is holding many back from making significant contributions to our society. America needs to take a hard look at this crisis to figure out how to better serve and educate the future of our nation.
It’s hard to imagine a movie ever being called something other than its famous name. Truth be told, many movies were named one thing, only to be changed when the marketing team steps in. Since the title can make or break a film, all titles are working titles until a final decision is made – sometimes at the last moment. Here are the working titles for 10 movies we could not imagine named differently:
Psycho was originally called Wimpy
2. American Pie
American Pie was originally called Comfort Food
3. Batman: The Dark Knight
The Dark Knight was originally called Rory’s First Kiss
4. Bring It On
Bring It On was originally called American Girls
5. Boys Don’t Cry
Boys Don’t Cry was originally called Take It Like A Man
6. Pulp Fiction
Pulp Fiction was originally called Black Mask
ET was originally called A Boys Life
Titanic was originally called Planet Ice
Casablanca was originally called Everybody Come To Rick’s
10. The Texas Chainsaw Massacre
The Texas Chainsaw Massacre was originally called Head Cheese
Imagine if some of these movies had stuck with their original names? An iconic title like Titanic or Casablanca might never have been. Not to mention that naming a scary movie Head Cheese was never a good idea – even as a working title. Thankfully, there were smarter people in the room to dub these films with title we know them as today.
Apple TV+ is entering the video streaming space to compete with Netflix, Amazon, and now Disney. They have been working on original content to bolster their library and have already announced “The Morning Show,” the network headliner featuring Jennifer Aniston, Reese Witherspoon, and Steve Carell. Now they’ve released a list of other original shows:
1. Snoopy in Space
Original series from Peanuts Worldwide.
2. Oprah Winfrey Docuseries
Several documentaries and shows with Oprah.
3. Amazing Stories
Reboot from 1980’s show by executive producer Steven Spielberg.
4. Truth Be Told
Based on a Kathleen Barber novel; features Aaron Paul from Breaking Bad.
Comedy starring Hailee Stienfeld.
Teenage / fictional series where ghosts come to life out of books.
Sci-Fi drama where humans are born blind.
8. For All Mankind
Sci-Fi drama based on a Cold War space race that never ended.
Children’s program in partnership with Sesame Workshop.
October is right around the corner. Dust off the Halloween decorations, put the final touches on the costumes and get ready for all the scary movies coming to television and streaming services. While the common Halloween activities are fun, there’s nothing quite like playing a scary video game. The interactive unpredictability of a scary video game is unmatched compared to watching a scary movie. Ever had a zombie sneak up out of nowhere and bite you in Resident Evil? If you have, you know what we mean. In honor of Halloween, we take a look at the top 5 scary video games and series.
1. Resident Evil Series
Long time no see! This series is the epitome of an interactive scary video game. You’re fighting off challenging zombies with various weapons you’ve picked up throughout your survival adventure and you’re finding herbs to heal wounds. Tip: Be careful when walking around corners.
2. Read Dead Redemption: Undead Nightmare
A little twist from the regular Read Dead series, this edition features zombies … what else?! The zombies are incredibly real looking even though zombies technically aren’t real. These zombies have serious speed and make crazy sounds. Enjoy with the lights off if you dare.
3. Blair Witch
You saw the movie, now you get to play the video game. Travel through the rigors of Black Hills Forest with your trusty steed as a police officer named Ellis.
4. Silent Hill 2
Sequels are rarely better than the original, but in this case, Silent Hill 2 challenges that belief. It’s an old game, but it never seems to get old. Spooky scenery, disturbing characters, creepy sounds, tricky puzzles and mazes, Silent Hill 2 will keep you up late for all the right and wrong reasons.
5. Call of Duty Series (Zombie Mode)
Zombies seem to be a common across this list and why not, they’re scary! The zombie game mode of this first person shooter can go on forever depending on how well your squad sets up. The scariest part might be when you must start back at level one after hours upon hours of work / play.
Spotify is among the top three applications for streaming and sharing music, having grown significantly in recent years. That makes being associated with it appealing for other applications. Instagram and Facebook already have options for users to broadcast the song(s) they’re currently jamming to. Now Snapchat is joining the party.
Spotify is happy with the new relationship saying, “With Spotify, you can listen to your favorite music and podcasts anytime, anywhere. With Snapchat, you can share what you’re up to instantaneously. Soon you’ll be able to combine the two seamlessly and share what you’re listening to in a Snap story.” Here’s how it will work: Users will share their songs to Snapchat via Spotify. To begin with, there will not be a reverse share feature like Instagram has. Users will load a Spotify song into their Snap story and viewers will see the song thumbnail that links to the song on Spotify’s platform. There have been several third party hacks that let you share Spotify songs on Snapchat, but this one will be the real thing.
Every football fan’s favorite Monday night of the year is week 1 of the NFL season where ESPN’s Monday Night Football has not one, but two feature games to open the season. Unfortunately, for ESPN, the start of the first game was not positive. Their new scoreboard graphic was roundly criticized.
Throughout the first half of the New Orleans Saints – Houston Texan game, fans took to Twitter destroying the new scoreboard graphic which featured a yellow background where the down & distance is found. The color yellow, which usually signals there was a flag on the play, flashed after every play when the down and distance changed. People were confused and bothered enough to tweet. Despite the original mistake, give them credit, ESPN adjusted. Mid-game, the production team put a new background in place and launched it live for the second half. Order was restored to down & distance and fans were no longer confused about whether or not there was a flag on the previous play.
Ozuna’s rise to the top of the music industry has been lightening fast. He ascended from nowhere to the top of reggaeton and trap music internationally. A lot of his success can be traced to his following on You Tube, where his view numbers are off the charts. The Puertorriqueno’s success from his first two albums, Odisea (2017) and Aura (2018), has landed him in the Guiness Book of World Records.
Here are the additional accomplishments Ozuma has earned in his short career:
Male artist with the most weeks at number one on Billboard‘s Top Latin Albums chart – Odisea, which logged 46 non-consecutive weeks from September 2017 tthru 1 September 2018.
Most Billboard Latin Music Award wins for a single artist in a single year – 11 awards.
Most Billboard Latin Music Award nominations for a single artist in a single year – 23 nominations
Artist with the most video views on YouTube – one billion
Ozuna is only 27 years old. When considering the fact that Daddy Yankee, the consensus king of reggaeton, is 42 years old, Ozuna still has a lot of career left to leave his mark. He’s most known stateside for his feature role on ‘Taki Taki’, a song which includes Cardi B and Selena Gomez among other big time artists. Ozuna sold out his U.S. tour this past year and is expected to release his next album before the end of 2019.