Lawrence Taylor Unable to Make All Those Moves

April 23, 2009

There is one happy chapter added in Lawrence Taylor’s biography with the punchline “Dancing with Edyta Sliwinska.” He may be good with his moves at the field, but that is not what judges felt when he was ousted from the competition on 21 April. As we the saying goes: “Wining and losing is not what matter, but the struggle and the fight.” Unfortunate for the footballer, he is now off the ball.

Lawrence Taylor and Edyta Sliwinska

Lawrence Taylor and Edyta Sliwinska

There is one small twist in the whole story, the philosophy of positivism that sometimes results in better results than otherwise. Taylor took it all well, “21 points that is what you give to Taylor. You know when I kick I kick real hard.” No it wasn’t like that. The footballer who spends most of his time playing golf was happy and cool. He was quite amazed at the efforts that professional dancers require to make those graceful moves.

It is a good lesson for football fans as well. Well, the sport may need to have the killer’s instinct above all, but dancing is more like revealing. It is about control, balance and harmony.

The 8th Season of “Dancing with the Stars” moves on, with the subtraction of Lawrence Taylor and Edyta Sliwinska. With no extra times and penalty shoots, the scoreboard read: Lawrence Taylor and Edyta Sliwinska: 21 points, the lowest amongst all. Top Performers on the day were Melissa Rycroft and Tony Dovolani with judges awarding them 29 points, Shawn Johnson and Mark Ballas with 28 points, Gilles Marini and Cheryl Burke with 27 points, Chuck Wicks and Julianne Hough with 27, Lil’ Kim and Derek Hough with 26, Ty Murray and Chelsie Hightower with 24 points, Lawrence Taylor and Edyta Sliwinska with 21.

It may not be a shock after all to Taylor’s fans, as they know that the dark horse was not going to make it big.


Ray Allen beats Ben Gorden’s Team

April 21, 2009

Boston Celtics are on a cruise mission with topgun Ray Allen making all the difference. On Monday, the battle was fierce with firepower Ben Gordon, supporting the midriff of Chicago Bulls. On the night Allen scored a 3-pointer, with only two seconds left for the game to finish. That was close, awesome. Allen, however, scored 28 of his 30 points in the second half only.

Ray Allen

Ray Allen

The game was played at TD Banknorth Garden, in which the defending champions defeated Chicago Bulls by 118-115 win. Fans blew trumpets as Ben Gordon’s team  plumetted to defeat.

Ben Gordon played extremely well, winning 42 points for the team, but couldn’t save the Bulls on the night.   The scores are now 1-1 with a tie-up and that gives Boston Celtics a wonderful opportunity of playing on their own turf.   Glen Davis, who substituted Kevin Garnet scored 26 points. Celtics scores were further apprized by Rajon Rondo who brought home 19 points.

In San Antionio, Dallas Mavericks had a real bad time with The Spurs defeating the former by 105-84 winning performance.  Tony Parker was great with the assists and scored 38 points.


UFC 97: Redemption Results

April 20, 2009

UFC, the Ultimate Fighting Championship hosted its 97: Redemption mixed martial arts event in Canada. Brazilian MMA (mixed martial arts) fighter, Anderson Da Silva, in an astonishing match defeated Thales Leites. The results were 49-46, 48-47, 50-46. Some other champions that stood to the glory were Sam Stout, Mauricio Rua, Krzysztof Soszynski, Denis Kang, Nate Quarry, Cheick Kongo and six other fighters. Mauricio Rua, Nate Quarry and Cheick Kingo knocked down their opponents in first and second rounds (Mauricio and Nate in the first round and Kingo in the second round).

Nate Quarry, Anderson Silva & Shogun

Nate Quarry, Anderson Silva & Shogun

Anderson Silva has been the best fighter and world’s number one in the middle weight championship since 2006. The champion made his debut about 3 years ago, on June 28, when he participated in the Ultimate Fight Night -5.

Silva has also started his career in the films with the role of a pit fighter (Spider in the film) in “Never Surrender”. Directed by Hector Echavarria, the film is set to be released in 2009.

Mauricio “Shogun” Rua has also proved that his aggression has no limits. Again a Brazilian, Shogun is one of the most liked among the fans. He has been training Jiu Jitsu from the time when he was only six years old. He joined UFC 76 in 2007, in the month of September. His fighting skills and techniques are unique, in addition to his being a very aggressive opponent in the ring.

The fighting sensation is driving people nuts and bananas. Fans are glued to their screens and less committed are on rampage, going through websites and periodicals. In the days to come we might be able to see some more exciting simulation games being developed.


IPL 2 | Live Fever

April 18, 2009

The second season of Indian Premier League or IPL is all set to change the history. What kind of history? Can you believe it – the entertainment and excitement has become massive with the betting industry putting as much as 25,000 crore rupees in the matches.

Cricketers playing on the field will fight for just a very small part of it, Rs 15 crore only. There are 59 matches to be played and the stakes in each match will be about 420 crores. Big players including celebrities, industrialists, people from entertainment industry, etc., have really made it big.

The first season of IPL was played in India from April 18, 2008 to first June of the same year. Out of 59 matches, 58 were played and one was cancelled due to consistent rains on the scheduled day. What’s hype is hyper now and everyone is contemplating about the results. There are eight official cricket clubs that are owned by their franchisors. The eight clubs and their franchisors include: Hyderabad Deccan Chargers owned by Deccan Herald (News Group); Royal Challengers (Bangalore) owned by Vijay Malya (chairman of United Breweries and Kingfisher Airlines); Mumbai Indians owned by Mukesh Ambani (chairman Reliance Industries); Delhi Daredevils; Chennai Super Kings; Kolkata Knight Riders; Rajasthan Royals; Kings XI Punjab.

Cricket Stadium

Cricket Stadium

IPL Schedule – The venue, date and time of matches played is as :

18-Apr-09 | Mumbai Indians v Chennai Superkings | Cape Town | 4 p.m. to 7 p.m.

18-Apr-09 | Rajasthan Royals v Royal Bangalore Challengers | Cape Town | 8 p.m. to 11 p.m.

19-Apr-09 | Delhi Daredevils v Kings Punjab XI | Cape Town | 4 p.m. to 7p.m.

19-Apr-09 | Deccan Chargers v Kolkata Knight Riders | Cape Town 8 p. m. to 11 p.m

20-Apr-09 | Chennai Superkings v Royal Bangalore Challengers | Port Elizabeth 8 p.m. to 11 p.m.

21-Apr-09 | Kings Punjab XI v Kolkata Knight Riders | Durban | 4 p.m. to 7 p.m.

21-Apr-09 | Rajasthan Royals v Mumbai Indians | Durban | 8 p.m. to 11 p.m.

22-Apr-09 | Royal Bangalore Challengers v Deccan Chargers | Cape Town | 8 p.m. to 11p.m.

23-Apr-09 | Chennai Superkings v Delhi Daredevils | Durban | 4 p.m. to 7 p.m.

23-Apr-09 | Kolkata Knight Riders v Rajasthan Royals | Cape Town | 8:15 p.m. to 11:15 p.m.

24-Apr-09 | Royal Bangalore Challengers v Kings Punjab XI | Durban | 8 p.m. to 11 p.m.

25-Apr-09 | Mumbai Indians v Deccan Chargers | Durban | 4 p.m. to 7 p.m.

25-Apr-09 | Chennai Superkings v Kolkata Knight Riders | Cape Town | 8:15 p.m. to 11:15 p.m.

26-Apr-09 | Royal Bangalore Challengers v Delhi Daredevils | Port Elizabeth | 4 p.m. to 7 p.m.

26-Apr-09 | Kings Punjab XI v Rajasthan Royals | Cape Town | 8:15 p.m. to 11:15 p.m.

27-Apr-09 | Deccan Chargers v Chennai Superkings | Durban | 4 p.m. to 7 p.m.

27-Apr-09 | Kolkata Knight Riders v Mumbai Indians | Port Elizabeth | 8:15 p.m. to 11:15 p.m.

28-Apr-09 | Delhi Daredevils v Rajasthan Royals | Pretoria | 8 p.m. to 11 p.m.

29-Apr-09 Kolkata Knight Riders v Royal Bangalore Challengers | Durban | 4 p.m. to 7 p.m.

29-Apr-09 | Kings Punjab XI v Mumbai Indians | Durban | 8 p.m. to 11 p.m.

30-Apr-09 | Deccan Chargers v Delhi Daredevils | Pretoria | 4 p.m. to 7 p.m.

30-Apr-09 | Rajasthan Royals v Chennai Superkings | Pretoria | 8 p.m. to 11 p.m.

1-May-09 | Mumbai Indians v Kolkata Knight Riders | East London | 4 p.m. to 7 p.m.

1-May-09 | Kings Punjab XI Royal Bangalore Challengers | Durban | 8:15 p.m. to 11:15 p.m.

2-May-09 | Deccan Chargers v Rajasthan Royals | Port Elizabeth | 4 p.m. to 7 p.m.

2-May-09 | Delhi Daredevils v Chennai Superkings | Johannesburg | 8:15 p.m. to 11:15 p.m.

3-May-09 | Kolkata Knight Riders v Kings Punjab XI | Port Elizabeth | 4 p.m. to 7 p.m.

3-May-09 | Royal Bangalore Challengers v Mumbai Indians | Johannesburg | 8:15 p.m. to 11:15 p.m.

4-May-09 | Chennai Superkings v Deccan Chargers | East London | 8 p.m. to 11 p.m.

5-May-09 | Rajasthan Royals v Kings Punjab XI | Durban | 4 p.m. to 7 p.m.

5-May-09 | Delhi Daredevils v Kolkata Knight Riders | Durban | 8 p.m. to 11 p.m.

6-May-09 | Deccan Chargers v Mumbai Indians Pretoria 8 p.m.to 11 p.m.

7-May-09 | Royal Bangalore Challengers v Rajasthan Royals Pretoria 4 p.m. to 7 p.m.

7-May-09 | Kings Punjab XI v Chennai Superkings | Pretoria 8 p.m. to 11 p.m.

8-May-09 | Delhi Daredevils v Mumbai Indians | East London | 8 p.m. to 11 p.m.

9-May-09 | Deccan Chargers v Kings Punjab XI | Kimberley | 4 p.m. to 7 p.m.

9-May-09 | Chennai Superkings v Rajasthan Royals | Kimberley | 8 p.m. to 11p.m.

10-May-09 | Mumbai Indians v Royal Bangalore Challengers | Port Elizabeth | 4 p.m. to 7 p.m.

10-May-09 | Kolkata Knight Riders v Delhi Daredevils | Johannesburg | 8:15 p.m. to 11:15 p.m.

11-May-09 | Rajasthan Royals v Deccan Chargers | Kimberley | 8 p.m. to 11 p.m.

12-May-09 | Royal Bangalore Challengers v Kolkata Knight Riders | Pretoria | 4 p.m. to 7 p.m.

12-May-09 | Mumbai Indians v Kings Punjab XI | Pretoria| 8 p.m. to 11 p.m.

13-May-09 Delhi Daredevils v Deccan Chargers | Durban | 8 p.m. to 11 p.m.

14-May-09 | Royal Bangalore Challengers v Chennai Superkings | Durban | 4 p.m. to 7 p.m.

14-May-09 | Mumbai Indians v Rajasthan Royals | Durban | 8 p.m. to 11 p.m.

15-May-09 | Kings Punjab XI v Delhi Daredevils | Bloemfontein | 8 p.m. to 11 p.m.

16-May-09 Chennai Superkings v Mumbai Indians Port | Elizabeth | 4 p.m. to 7 p.m.

16-May-09 | Kolkata Knight Riders v Deccan Chargers | Johannesburg | 8:15 p.m. to 11:15 p.m.

17-May-09 | Kings Punjab XI v Deccan Chargers | Johannesburg | 4 p.m. to 7 p.m.

17-May-09 | Rajasthan Royals v Delhi Daredevils | Bloemfontein | 8:15 p.m. to 11:15 p.m.

18-May-09 Kolkata Knight Riders v Chennai Superkings | Pretoria | 8 p.m. to 11 p.m.

19-May-09 | Delhi Daredevils v Royal Bangalore Challenger | Johannesburg | 8 p.m. to 11 p.m.

20-May-09 | Rajasthan Royals v Kolkata Knight Riders | Durban | 4 p.m.to 7 p.m.

20-May-09 | Chennai Superkings v Kings Punjab XI | Durban | 8 p.m. to 11 p.m.

21-May-09 | Mumbai Indians v Delhi Daredevils | Pretoria | 4 p.m. to 7 p.m.

21-May-09 | Deccan Chargers v Royal Bangalore Challengers | Pretoria | 8 p.m. to 11 p.m.

22-May-09 | Semi Final 1 Pretoria 8 p.m. to 11 p.m.

23-May-09 | Semi Final 2 Johannesburg 8 p.m. to 11 p.m.

24-May-09 | FINAL Johannesburg 8 p.m. to 11 p.m.

The second games on same day might get delayed by 45 minutes.