Chris Rock Rolls in Romantic Comedy/Film Industry Satire

 

Top Five

Film Review by Kam Williams

Chris Rock Rolls in Romantic Comedy/Film Industry Satire

 

In Birdman, Michael Keaton played a fading star trying to revive a career that had been in decline since he’d become typecast after playing a superhero in a series of blockbusters on the big screen. That plotline wasn’t all that far off from the arc of Keaton’s real-life fate following an outing as Batman back in 1989.

125197_galThe similarly-themed Top Five features Chris Rock as Andre Allen, a comedian who has become too closely associated with “Hammy the Bear,” the popular protagonist of a humor-driven film franchise. Consequently, he’s been having a hard time making the transition to dramatic roles.

At the point of departure, we find Andre in the midst of promoting his newest movie, Uprize, an historical drama about a slave insurrection on the island of Haiti. He’s allowed New York Times reporter Chelsea Brown (Rosario Dawson) to tag along for the day, since she’s been assigned by the paper to prepare a profile on him.

Sparks fly, the two flirt, and it’s pretty obvious right off the bat that the two are attracted to each other. Trouble is, he’s already engaged and about to marry Erica Long (Gabrielle Union), a shallow, self-centered reality show star.

It’s equally clear that Andre and his high maintenance fiancée are ill-matched, so anybody who’s 125275_galever seen a romantic comedy can figure out where this one’s headed. And while the plot does everything to prevent Andre from wising up until the very end, it simultaneously affords the acid-tongued funnyman ample opportunities to point out show business’ shortcomings.

Besides being peppered with plenty of inside jokes and pithy comments about Hollywood, Top Five is memorable for boasting the most star-studded cast of the year. The dramatis personae includes J.B. Smoove, Kevin Hart, Adam Sandler, Jerry Seinfeld, Cedric the Entertainer, Tracy Morgan, Whoopi Goldberg, Charlie Rose, DMX, Jay Pharoah, Taraji P. Henson, Romany Malco, Gabby Sidibe, Luis Guzman, Sherri Shepherd and Ben Vereen.

As you might imagine, many of the celebs are limited to blink and you missed it cameos, though the production does manage to milk a little magic out of each one’s brief moment in the limelight. Nevertheless, make no mistake, this is a Chris Rock vehicle, and the picture is at its best when the irreverent comic is at his cockiest.

A clever, laff-a-minute adventure worth the investment for the hilarity, even if it telegraphs where the love story might be headed.

 

Excellent (3.5 stars)

Rated R for sexuality, nudity, crude humor, pervasive profanity and drug use

Running time: 101 minutes

Distributor: Paramount Pictures

Source:  Baret News Wire

Two-Time Oscar-Nominee Talks about His Latest Film

Mark Wahlberg

The “The Gambler” Interview

with Kam Williams

Two-Time Oscar-Nominee Talks about His Latest Film

 

Mark Wahlberg earned Academy Award nominations for his standout work in both the The Fighter and The Departed. Mark’s breakout role in Boogie Nights established him as one of Hollywood’s most sought-after talents, and he has since played diverse characters for such visionary filmmakers as David O. Russell, Tim Burton and Paul Thomas Anderson.

16630_galHis remarkable acting career began with Renaissance Man, directed by Penny Marshall, and The Basketball Diaries, with Leonardo DiCaprio, followed by a star turn opposite Reese Witherspoon in the thriller Fear. He later headlined Three Kings and The Perfect Storm, with George Clooney, and The Italian Job, with Charlize Theron.

Mark then starred in the football biopic Invincible, with Greg Kinnear, and Shooter, based on the best-selling novel, “Point of Impact.” He reunited with The Yards director James Gray and co-star Joaquin Phoenix for We Own the Night, which he also produced. Most recently, he collaborated with Pain & Gain director Michael Bay for Transformers: Age Of Extinction. His additional credits include 2 Guns, with Denzel Washington, Peter Berg’s Lone Survivor, The Lovely Bones, The Other Guys, Contraband and Ted.

An accomplished film and television producer, Mark produced The Gambler, Lone Survivor, Broken City, Contraband, The Fighter (for which he was nominated for an Oscar for Best Picture) and We Own the Night. For television, he executive produced HBO’s “Entourage” through its impressive eight-season run. In addition, he executive produced HBO’s “Boardwalk Empire,” “How to Make It in America” and “In Treatment,” as well as A&E’s “Wahlburgers.”

A committed philanthropist, he founded The Mark Wahlberg Youth Foundation in 2001 to benefit inner-city children and teens. Here, he talks about his latest film, The Gambler, a remake of the 1974 classic starring James Caan.
Kam Williams: Hi Mark, thanks for the interview. I’m honored to have this opportunity.

Mark Wahlberg: Oh, my pleasure, Kam. Thank you.

 

KW: I told my readers I’d be interviewing you, so I’ll be mixing my questions in with theirs. “Realtor to the Stars” Jimmy Bayan says: He asks: Was there something about this script which appealed to your East Coast sensibilities that drew you to this project?

MW: Well, when you think about the person responsible for creating the character and the dialogue, Bill Monahan, who’s a Boston guy, obviously, his words roll off my tongue quite nicely. Previously, I’ve worked with him on The Departed, he recently wrote American Desperado for us, and I just acted in a movie he directed called Mojave. So, yes, Jimmy, that goes without saying.

 

KW: James Cryan was wondering whether your Boston background was of help in making The Departed?

MW: Absolutely! Absolutely! That thing was so in my wheelhouse. I told Marty [director Martin Scorcese] “Watch out, because I’m going after everybody in this one.”   Although that’s who the character was. It allowed me to have a real “take no prisoners” attitude.

 

KW: Documentary filmmaker Kevin Williams says: Thank you for being such a good example of how to build a career on your own terms and for making such inspirational films like Invincible and Lone Survivor. Now that you are moving towards producing bigger projects for yourself and other filmmakers, how do you define success and how do you decide what to produce?

MW: You’d be surprised. My taste continues to grow and expand. I define success as being in a position where I can do a picture like The Gambler after making Transformers and other movies that have enjoyed tremendous commercial success. That allowed me to go to a studio and say, “Wow, now take a chance on me with this smaller movie that is not the typical type of film that studios want to greenlight.”  It’s a small character piece about a man who’s not the most likable guy in the world that I find fascinating. And hopefully, people will find it interesting enough that the movie will be a success and allow me to keep making more films like it. So, success for me is just having a job and having the studio feel confident that I can go out there and make a movie that people will enjoy.

 

KW: Andrew DeAngelo, who was born and raised in Dorchester, asks: How similar is the show Entourage to your actual rise as a movie star? Were any of your real-life experiences incorporated into the show?

MW: Some of the experiences, definitely, Andrew. The only problem was we couldn’t find four guys from Boston. We originally wanted the characters to all be from Boston, which would have given them a more urban and gritty feel. But the hardest part of the casting was finding a guy who was believable as a movie star who wasn’t already a movie star. So, we then made the compromise of having these guys come from New York.

 

KW: When’s the screen version coming out?

MW:  June. I’m very excited about it. The movie’s done. And it’s off the charts!

 

KW: Kate Newell asks: When are you finally going to hosting Saturday Night Live?

MW: I’ve been asked to host a few times, but I’ve never done it.

 

KW: Kate also asks: Who do you think does the best impression of you?

MW: Andy Samberg is the only person I’ve ever seen do an impression of me, and I didn’t think it was that accurate. I’d like to see somebody else impersonate me, especially if they can do a good job.

 

KW: David Roth asks: Who would win in a fight between Jim Bennett and Axel Freed, the gambler played by James Caan in 1974?

MW: [Chuckles] Axel Freed, because Jim Bennett does not fight. He will push every button, and infuriate people to the point where they want to beat 16014_galthe crap out of him, but he won’t be bothered by that. He will not fight.

 

KW: I really enjoyed the film. I loved the gritty dialogue-driven script, the earthy soundtrack, and what a supporting cast! You got great performances from Brie Larson, Jessica Lange, John Goodman, and Michael Kenneth Williams.

MW:  Again, I have to credit Bill Monahan for creating these characters and writing the dialogue that attracted that level of talent. Don’t forget the great George Kennedy who had another scene in the movie that, unfortunately, didn’t make the final cut. We found ourselves in that difficult situation where the movie we wanted to make was three hours, but we had to hand in a film that was about two hours-long. Where do you compromise? How do you make a movie that is going to both best service the story and the main character? It was just one of those things.

 

KW: I thought it was a very powerful way to start the film with that deathbed scene where your character’s grandfather [played by George Kennedy] asks you, “What are you going to do when I leave you with nothing?”

MW:  It’s funny, because that scene was originally supposed to take place in the middle of the movie. But then, we thought that maybe it would be good to open the movie with that scene, because Jim’s dad wasn’t a part of his life, and his granddad was the only person that he was connected to.

 

KW: Yeah, I think it worked really well. Sangeetha Subramanian asks: What’s your favorite food to eat on set?

MW: If I’m not training then, gosh, anything: donuts… Kentucky Fried Chicken 20-piece hot wings… corned beef hash and eggs… But because I’m training right now, I’m eating very healthily: almond milk… Ezekiel bread… chicken… fish… I’m on a strict diet right now, so I’m not having any fun eating. Normally, our caterer makes these wonderful chocolate chip cookies for lunch. It was my one treat of the day, after getting beat up on the mountain while shooting Lone Survivor. I’d eat a couple cookies and then take a 15-minute nap on the top of the mountain.

 

KW: What movie are you in training for?

MW: Will Ferrell and I are teaming up again on a film called Daddy’s Home. In the movie I play a Special-Ops soldier who has just discovered that Will Ferrell’s character is married to my ex-wife and is my children’s stepfather. So, I have to come home and try to win them back and take him out.

 

KW: I thought you guys were great together in The Other Guys. Wasn’t that film where The Rock and somebody else died in the opening scene?

MW: Samuel L. Jackson.

 

KW: Yeah, that film was hilarious. Harriet Pakula-Teweles says: If—because for over two decades you have been trying to right the wrongs while being a model for youth—you are able to obtain a pardon from the Massachusetts Parole Board, how might your potential pardon be a possible inspiration to others who have committed wrongs in their youth?

MW: Hopefully, it will show them that it isn’t too late to turn their lives around. People are always speculating about what the reason was for my requesting a pardon. The important thing is that ever since I realized all the wrongs that I had done, I have been trying to correct them for the past 27 years. I just focus on my work with inner-city kids, and in my community, and on my philanthropic work. If I am awarded a pardon for my philanthropic work, great; if not, I will continue to be involved in the community and to work just as hard, if not harder, to prevent kids from going down the same road and making the same mistakes. But hopefully, we’re still living in the land of second chances. Even my going back to school was to inspire young people that it’s never too late to get your education. That’s all I can do, and try to be the best father and husband that I can be.

 

KW: I’m sure you’ll get the pardon. You’ve earned it. Good luck! The Ling-Ju Yen question: What is your earliest childhood memory?

21310_galMW: Gosh! It’s of being alone with my dad. He drove a truck for a living. But he had a few free hours in the middle of the day, between the morning shift and the late afternoon shift. Because I was the youngest of nine, I could have him all to myself when they were at school. We’d watch movies at home, or go to the movies, and he introduced me to the guys who still inspire me today. The first movie I can remember ever seeing was Hard Times with Charles Bronson and James Coburn. My dad also introduced me to the likes of Jimmy Cagney… John Garfield… Robert Ryan… Steve McQueen… James Caan… Those are my fondest memories.

 

KW: When you look in the mirror, what do you see?

MW: I see a guy getting old. I try to not look in the mirror too much.

 

KW: If you could have one wish instantly granted, what would that be for?

MW: Peace and harmony in the world.

 

KW: The Sanaa Lathan question: What excites you?

MW: Working with talented people and challenging myself as an actor.

 

KW: The Viola Davis question: What’s the biggest difference between who you are at home as opposed to the person we see on the red carpet?

MW: Not much. Dad’s just gotta put on a suit and go out there and take some pictures. I do understand that going out and promoting the movie is a big responsibility, and part of the reason they give me the job in the first place. I also like to get out there to promote a positive message about the importance of family and faith and of doing the right thing.

 

KW: The Judyth Piazza question: What key quality do you believe all successful people share?

MW: That “never give up” attitude, not taking “no” for an answer, and working twice as hard as the next guy. Doing it the good, old-fashioned way. Real hard work pays off.

 

KW: What exercise regimen do you follow to stay in such great shape?

MW: It changes. I’m only doing whatever the next role calls for. To give you an idea, I’m at the halfway point of shooting this movie. I woke up at 3 AM today, and had egg whites and Ezekiel bread with almond butter 5 minutes later. At 3:15, I was reading my prayer book and saying my prayers. At 3:30, I was in the gym for an hour, doing jump rope, and all types of high-impact functional movement exercises: kettle bells, dumbbells, step up planks, battle rope, rip cord trainer, etcetera. I came back up here and had a shake. Then I went to the basketball court and played 2-on-2 for an hour. Came back here and had a roasted chicken, tuna salad and a big sweet potato. That was all before 6 AM. Then, I went to do the Today Show and Michael & Kelly. Then I came back here, had two turkey burgers and an avocado. Then I did 90 minutes of phone interviews before having a filet mignon with sautéed spinach. Then I went to a meeting at 1:30, came back here and had another roasted chicken with steamed carrots. And when we finish, I’m going to read my script and start learning my lines for the scenes we’ll be shooting tomorrow. At 6 PM, I’ll take a shower, and wait to get a call from my wife letting me know that she and the kids landed safely. At 7:15, I’ll go to sleep, and wake up at 3 AM againtomorrow.

 

KW: That’s amazing. I remember speaking with Anthony Mackie, for Pain & Gain, and he credited you with helping him sculpt his physique for that film.

MW: There’s nothing better than meeting somebody with a great soul, and a great spirit and a good heart. I took him to the gym the first day we met in Miami. Then we had a nice meal and a big shake. And he and I have remained close. He just called me the other day to ask me how I was doing, since we’re shooting in his hometown, New Orleans. So, I hope to see him and get together with him. He’s a good guy who’s going to have a great career. I told him that he’ll be able to do whatever he wants for as long as he wants, as long as he’s patient. And you have to always be ready. It’s a marathon, not a sprint.

 

KW: The Tavis Smiley question: How do you want to be remembered?

MW: As a great servant of God who tried to give back as much as possible, and as a great father and husband.

 

KW: Lastly, what’s in your wallet?

MW: Picture books of all my kids when they were young, a lucky pendant, a few receipts, a couple of credit cards, a spiritual relic and a couple other mementos, and a two-dollar bill I got from a dear friend.

 

KW: Thanks again for the time, Mark, and best of luck with The Gambler.

MW: Thank you, Kam. Bye.

 


Source:  Baret News Wire

7 Reasons For Adult Airgun Popularity

 

7 Reasons For Adult Airgun Popularity

 

Snuggled up in wrapping paper under your Christmas tree this year might very well be an elongated package that reminds you of a similar present you received in your childhood. That’s right. You just might find a Crosman airgun hiding under a bright, red bow.

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Crosman Airguns

Adults all across the United States are discovering that oodles of fun comes in packages marked with the numbers .177, .22 and .25. Shooting airguns has never been so popular. Why? I’ll give you seven good reasons.

High Quality

If you’re thinking airguns are just for kids, consider: The majority of airguns on the market today are sold strictly to adults for adult use. And adults, being savvy, experienced shooters, require guns made to last decades.

And consider this: Olympic athletes compete in biathlon and, yes, air rifle events. What’s more, it’s nothing for competition shooters to place 10 consecutive .177-caliber rounds within the same hole in a target’s bullseye.

Most of us aren’t that good, but air rifles today are capable of routinely hitting a dime at 50 yards, pushed to velocities exceeding 1,000 feet per second.

The precision, fit and finish of high-end airguns — check out the Benjamin Marauder series — are comparable to any custom firearm and can be matched with accessories, adjustable combs, scopes and other optics that will make you realize you left the playground long ago.

More Hunting Opportunities

Hunting with air-powered rifles is one of the oldest of all hunting methods, dating to the 16th century. Fortunately, more state wildlife agencies are recognizing airguns as legitimate hunting tools.

While airguns of .50-caliber and larger have taken big-game animals such as wild hogs and elk, most hunters who use airguns target small game and pests. Varmints and rodents can be shot year-round in most states, filling in for the times between seasons for squirrels, rabbits and other small game.

For animals such as rats, squirrels and crows, most high-powered air rifles that produce roughly 1,000 fps in .177, .20 or .22 will be more than sufficient. For small-game hunting up to and including raccoon-sized game, consider magnum powered .20, .22 and .25 calibers a more suitable choice. Like all hunting, if the effective range of the firearm is heeded (in the case of most air rifles this is under 40 yards), and shots are placed properly, humane kills are the result.

Hone Your Shooting Skills

Big-game hunters have found tremendous benefit practicing in the off season with an air rifle because it’s inexpensive, virtually noise-free, can be done in their backyard, and they don’t get pounded repeatedly with recoil. If those aren’t reason enough to buy an airgun, I don’t know what is.

Take that recoilless, quiet gun into your backyard, set up a target some 30 or 40 feet away, check the backstop to ensure safety, then assume any shooting position you want. Squeeze the trigger. Squeeze it again. And again. Whether prone, sitting, standing or shooting from a bench, all of that target practice is bound to make you a better shooter. Besides, it’s just a lot of fun.

Come to think of it, invite your pals over for a little shooting competition. Pretty soon, you will all be better marksmen eagerly awaiting the next hunting season.

Quiet Operation

Did I mention airguns are quiet? You won’t bother your neighbors by shooting an airgun in the backyard, and if you’re in the field, the loud report that comes from powder-based bullets will be missing. That means game animals that spook easily won’t become alerted.

You can leave the ear protection back with your other shooting gear, too.

Simple Maintenance

Guys are famous for not reading instructions and following directions. Fortunately, maintaining an airgun is remarkably simple.

Any object made up of numerous parts requires some care and maintenance to stay in prime condition. With airguns, it starts with reading and following the instructions provided in your Crosman owner’s manual.

From a light coating of oil on barrels and other exposed metal surfaces, to a light amount of lubricant on the seals of an air or CO2 gun, maintenance duty will require just a few moments of your time.

 Cheap Ammo

If you’re tired of shelling out hundreds of dollars every time you take your firearms to the shooting range, you’re going to really fall in love with Crosman’s airgun ammunition prices.

Try $13.99 for a 500-count of .177-caliber Super Point 7.9-gram Premier Pellets.  Or, if you’re planning to stay on the range a bit longer, you can dive into a box with 1,250 of those same pellets for just $29.99. (I’ve done the math: That’s 2.3 cents per round.)

Want to try something with a bit more hunt to it? How about the .22-caliber Benjamin Hollow Point? You’ll get 500 of them for just $12.59 at www.crosman.com.

Environmentally friendly .177-caliber Lead Free Super Points come in 250-count tins for $10.99, or in .22-caliber for $16.59.

Not convinced? Stop it, you’re killing me. But read on for No. 7…

Inside/Outside Shooting

So it’s a dreary day outside and you’ve watched all of the romantic movies you can stand for a Saturday afternoon. Don’t let the weather stop you from sharpening up on those shooting skills!

Fix up a proper backdrop with a heavy tarp, canvas or a rug behind a target, and you’re looking at hours of marksmanship honing and friendly family competitions without having to leave the comfort of your house.

And once the weather clears, you can move the games outside with very little hassle.

It’s easy to see now why an airgun under your Christmas tree would be a great thing. Santa Claus will certainly understand. After all, what do you think he does the other 364 days of the year?

Visit Crosman Today!

 

Original Source: Sportsmans Lifestyle.com

Yamaha V-SHO Family

 

Yamaha V-SHO Family

by Capt. Ted Lund

 

Serious tournament bass and flats fishermen have been hesitant to forgo the holeshot and top-end performance afforded by traditional two-stroke power plants — until now. And that’s all thanks to Yamaha’s VMAX-SHO® family of engines.

Yamaha V Max Sho

Yamaha V Max Sho

Ranging from the game-changing VMAX-SHO 150 to the massive 4.2 liter, 6-cylinder VMAX-SHO 250, the engines have performed tournament after tournament to put traditional two-stroke engines to shame offering a better holeshot and light weight, reliable performance.

 

VMAX-SHO 150

The first offering in the SHO lineup, the inline 4-cylinder 150 weighs in at 480 pounds. It’s perfect for smaller bass boats, flats boats and other performance hull styles. At 12 pounds more than the VZ150 two-stroke, when you consider the lack of an external oil tank, the SHO 150 actually weighs in at less.

The 150’s holeshot is on par with its two-stroke cousin the VZ150, and it boasts acceleration that is noticeably quicker than that of the F150. Fuel burn is also game-changing, with a 30-percent improvement over some two-stroke models.

Variable camshaft timing offers exceptional low- and mid-range throttle response as well as top-end performance that is better than the VZ150 at 57.2 mph.

 

VMAX-SHO 200/225/250

Continuing to up the game, Yamaha’s big-bore SHO V6 power plants are the ideal option for larger bass and bay boats requiring raw power and acceleration. The VMAX-SHO 200/225/250 engines tip the scales at 505 pounds, besting its competitors and even coming in 24 pounds lighter than its two-stroke cousin.

But it doesn’t stop there.

The savings in weight and the best-in-class power-to-weight-ratio translate into better performance: The SHO 200/225/250 are up to 13-percent quicker than its two-stroke cousin and its nearest competition. The pop in acceleration is also due in part to its advanced sensor system that allows the engine to perform with maximum safe ignition timing.

The 4.2-liter, big-bore VMAX-SHO series fuel economy is outstanding — up to 12-percent better than the two-stroke V MAX Series 2 thanks to its innovative, high-performance 75mm electronically controlled throttle valve that works in concert with the precision multi-point fuel injection system to precisely control the fuel/air mixture for the engine. Yamaha’s proprietary Micro-Textured Cylinder Walls further add to the SHO’s incredible fuel economy by reducing friction. All of this is bolstered by Yamaha’s on-engine fuel/water separator and sensor, ensuring water and contaminants are removed from the fuel supply prior to delivery to the engines other filters and fuel injectors.

A newly redesigned lower unit offers state-of-the-art cooling and reliability for the SHO series, thanks to repositioned, larger diameter water inlets. Heat-treated gears in the gear case also help with reliability.

Like all Yamaha outboards, the VMAX-SHO family are covered by Yamaha’s industry leading warranty program, offering three years of limited warranty coverage for recreational and Government users and one year for commercial applications. For more information on Yamaha VMAX-SHO outboards, to watch the introductory video or to view the rest of the 2015 Yamaha lineup, visit www.yamahaoutboards.com.

 

Original Source: Sportsmans Lifestyle.com

Acronym for SONY: Scared Of Not yield A return!

 

Will Says

Will Says

 

 

So it seems like Sony has had enough & now they’re now telling folks & the press to leave them alone and stop talking about the leak. They’re feeling a little pressured by the PR they’re getting. However, this cowboy humorist is wondered if this was a Marketing gimmick or does Sony truly believe that FREEDOM of speech is fine unless… it affects your bottom line.

I mean people normally act this way when they’re caught in the act, or they’re just embarrassed by how they react.  Hey Sony – have you heard the new acronym for SONY.

Scared
Of
Not
yield A return!

SONY, If you truly feel that you are being wronged, and you want to make a strong statement, then send us all an email with a FREE download of the Interview. We will pass it on to all our friends, and their friends and their friends. By the way; my email address is will@willsays.com

 

 

Original Source Baret News Wire.org

The NFL Season is Never a Given

 

The NFL Season is Never a Given

by Amy Lignor

This is why ‘experts’ should only be seen as people with ‘opinions’. In other words, there is NO given when it comes to the NFL, or who, exactly, will head into Arizona and face each other in the images (10)Super Bowl. Everyone has a bad day. When it comes to Aaron and the Green Bay Packers, it may mystify fans, but they were beaten yesterday by the Buffalo Bills. The Bills? I have to say, I have not even heard of the Buffalo Bills since I was back in high school and a QB named Jim kept taking them to the Super Bowl over and over again. Four times he walked onto that gridiron for the big win…four times, he lost. Oddly enough, the Bills seem to be returning with a vengeance a couple decades later. Now…because of this loss, Detroit had their win, so this is one NFC division that will come down to the wire. Interesting…

 

Eli Manning, the QB (two-time Super Bowl winner, of course, which is what everyone seems to forget), decided to make the Redskins persona look even worse. RGIII had to come in due to injury, and his career got yet another splotch on it when the Giants took down the Skins.

 

Everyone everywhere wants to talk about the stunning Seattle – even though it was just a few weeks back that everyone – every expert – panned these guys saying they hated each and every one of them. That the Super Bowl winners would not and could not repeat, no matter how hard they tried. Oddly enough, now they are the darlings of the NFL once again, eighty-sixing the Niners from playing any part in the post-season this year. The Niners are out…goodbye Harbaugh? Goodbye Kap? Or will the upper management of SanFran realize that they need to keep both their QB and their coach because all they had was a bad season. This is the first time since this dynasty missed the post-season under Harbaugh, but the Niners are not a team to simply disappear. Oh, and yes, after the game Kap did speak well, far over 100 words.

 

The NFC is always talked about. However, the AFC, the semi-quiet ones, are the ones who should be congratulated today. Three CLINCHERS. No, not surprising clinchers, but they CLINCHED. Therefore, some pats on the back should be passed out here.

 

The first? A pat to the Pats. The team that at the beginning of this season was panned and said to have an old, out-of-date QB who should retire. Yet again, valuable expert opinions. Tom Brady got mad. In fact, he has been spewing a lot of anger this season, and it seems to be working. Yeah, right, he’s so old. I hope he gets his heart meds after he has a flare-up. Is it a shocker that the Patriots won? Nope. They fed on the Dolphins like sharks…without even breaking a sweat. Yes, they lost at Green Bay this season. However, think carefully, if Green Bay meets them in the Super Bowl they would play in Arizona, so both these cold weather teams will be sweating and that would be a seriously great match-up. If we have to sit through Seattle again, that’s just gonna be a whole lot of talking and yapping from Sherman, even though Wilson is the only one anybody wants to see play. The only thing to watch if Seattle goes back will be the commercials.

 

Colts CLINCHED, as well. Not pretty…QB is still an interception thrower to the extreme. But Luck seems to have Luck going for him, AND he is always allowed a fourth quarter which seems to be the time he wakes up and says: “Oh, right, we need to win this.”

 

The third CLINCHER…again, not a surprise, was Manning and his Broncos. Although, the most interesting part of the game was watching an (older) QB throw a block that sent him to the locker room. Bad idea, Peyton. Your team wants to go back to the Super Bowl. They need you if that fantasy is going to come true.

 

Were there other games that the experts completely screwed up? Oh, sure. But in the end, the NFC is the most competitive, and the AFC is basically decided, with that old, out-of-date, Tom Brady leading the pack.

 

The most fun this football week? Two 2-11 teams – Titans and Jets. This was just as silly as it gets. Huge fight, Geno Smith gets hit, tempers flare…but, why? You both suck equally. Oh, wait, no you don’t. The seconds tick away and it seems that everyone on the Titans threw the football back and forth to each other going down the field in order to make some perfect moment on film where everyone on the team (and perhaps any fan there), got their hand on the ball and carried it to the end zone (a lot like the marathon runners who carry the Olympic torch). Of course, it wasn’t the perfect ‘clip’ that will go down in history. It looked unbelievably inane and embarrassing. Even more embarrassing? They showed that the Jets are better than they are. You won 3! GO JETS. Maybe before the year ends, there will be a 4th win in that column.

 

Who knows? Just to mess everyone up, and prove the experts really are completely useless, the Super Bowl could star the Cowboys versus the Patriots. Okay for many, I am sure. There are millions who would rather suck it up and deal with watching Jerry Jones smile before having to deal with the Seahawks classless play.

 

PSST…by the way, even though you cannot stop yapping about Seattle, the Cardinals are the ones who CLINCHED a playoff spot in the division yesterday. So don’t count any chickens (or Seahawks) until they’re hatched.

TenPoint Featured in Season Premiere of The Outdoor Option

 

TenPoint Featured in Season Premiere of The Outdoor Option

 

Nothing says crossbow hunting is gaining in popularity better than seeing them featured on outdoor television. As the 2015 outdoor television season gets under way, viewers will get their first look at crossbow hunting during the New Year’s Eve season premier of The Outdoor Option on the Sportsman Channel.

Going into its second season, The Outdoor Option features the family hunting adventures of the Reaser family: Dan Reaser, his 22-year-old son Danny, and 17-year-old daughter Shannon. It airs on Wednesdays at 9:30 p.m. Eastern through June, and then can be found July to December on Pursuit Channel, Thursdays at 7 p.m. Eastern.

TenPoint Featured in Season Premiere of The Outdoor Option  Nothing says crossbow hunting is gaining in popularity better than seeing them featured on outdoor television. As the 2015 outdoor television season gets under way, viewers will get their first look at crossbow hunting during the New Year's Eve season premier of The Outdoor Option on the Sportsman Channel. Going into its second season, The Outdoor Option features the family hunting adventures of the Reaser family: Dan Reaser, his 22-year-old son Danny, and 17-year-old daughter Shannon. It airs on Wednesdays at 9:30 p.m. Eastern through June, and then can be found July to December on Pursuit Channel, Thursdays at 7 p.m. Eastern. The season premiere features the Reasers bear hunting in Manitoba, Canada, using Venom and Shadow Ultra Light crossbows from TenPoint Crossbow Technologies. The Outdoor Option takes pride in sharing the great American family outdoor tradition together – a true reflection of what the Reaser family is all about. It’s an authentic outdoor lifestyle television show filled with lots of fun, family and a real passion to pass along the outdoor legacy. "This year I went on my first black bear hunt, and I didn’t hesitate at all to take my Venom from TenPoint," Shannon Reaser said. "When I finally got a shot at a big bear, I was able to focus on making the shot because I knew my Venom would get the job done, and it did." Each week, the Reasers share their hunting and fishing adventures from the breathtaking Rocky Mountains chasing mule deer and elk, through America’s Heartland in search of whitetails and turkey, south to Louisiana and Arkansas for some of the finest waterfowl hunting in the world, to north of the border for moose, caribou, bear and other big-game species. They will also take viewers on exciting fishing adventures from fly fishing for steelhead on the Pere Marquette River in Northern Michigan, to brown and rainbow trout on the Yampa River in Colorado, to big pike, muskie and walleye in Ontario, and finally down to south Florida for some great saltwater action. Shannon is already an accomplished outdoorswoman. She took her first buck at 7 years old. Between outdoor adventures, she’s a varsity high school cheerleader and volleyball player. Don’t let pretty looks deceive you: In 2013 Shannon took four bucks in four different states. Danny took his first buck at 6 years old. He was an All-Ohio quarterback in high school before choosing The Outdoor Option. He puts the same preparation into outdoor trips that he did into football. "I’ve been using TenPoint crossbows ever since they first hit the market, and there’s never been a doubt in my mind about their performance.  They simply are the best," he said. The proud father of Danny and Shannon, Dan has been an outdoor enthusiast for 46 years. He took his first buck at 15 years old and has hunted all over North America. Married to Mila for 28 years, Dan always wants his kids to take game animals before he does, and is just as happy when they do. He's also an accomplished crossbow hunter. "When I hunt with my TenPoint crossbow, I know I've made the right choice to get the job done," he said. "They are reliable, accurate, and are by far the most lethal crossbow in the industry." Don't miss the season's first episode of The Outdoor Option this New Year's Eve!

Dan and Shannon Reaser bear hunting with a TenPoint Venom crossbow in Manitoba, Canada, a hunt that will be featured in the season premiere of The Outdoor Option on Sportsman Channel New Year’s Eve at 9:30 p.m. Eastern

The season premiere features the Reasers bear hunting in Manitoba, Canada, using Venom and Shadow Ultra Light crossbows from TenPoint Crossbow Technologies.

The Outdoor Option takes pride in sharing the great American family outdoor tradition together – a true reflection of what the Reaser family is all about. It’s an authentic outdoor lifestyle television show filled with lots of fun, family and a real passion to pass along the outdoor legacy.

“This year I went on my first black bear hunt, and I didn’t hesitate at all to take my Venom from TenPoint,” Shannon Reaser said. “When I finally got a shot at a big bear, I was able to focus on making the shot because I knew my Venom would get the job done, and it did.”

Each week, the Reasers share their hunting and fishing adventures from the breathtaking Rocky Mountains chasing mule deer and elk, through America’s Heartland in search of whitetails and turkey, south to Louisiana and Arkansas for some of the finest waterfowl hunting in the world, to north of the border for moose, caribou, bear and other big-game species. They will also take viewers on exciting fishing adventures from fly fishing for steelhead on the Pere Marquette River in Northern Michigan, to brown and rainbow trout on the Yampa River in Colorado, to big pike, muskie and walleye in Ontario, and finally down to south Florida for some great saltwater action.

Shannon is already an accomplished outdoorswoman. She took her first buck at 7 years old. Between outdoor adventures, she’s a varsity high school cheerleader and volleyball player. Don’t let pretty looks deceive you: In 2013 Shannon took four bucks in four different states.

Danny took his first buck at 6 years old. He was an All-Ohio quarterback in high school before choosing The Outdoor Option. He puts the same preparation into outdoor trips that he did into football. “I’ve been using TenPoint crossbows ever since they first hit the market, and there’s never been a doubt in my mind about their performance.  They simply are the best,” he said.

Dan, Danny and Shannon Reaser pose with a whitetail buck taken in Ohio on an episode of The Outdoor Option, featuring a TenPoint Stealth crossbow.

Dan, Danny and Shannon Reaser pose with a whitetail buck taken in Ohio on an episode of The Outdoor Option, featuring a TenPoint Stealth crossbow.

The proud father of Danny and Shannon, Dan has been an outdoor enthusiast for 46 years. He took

his first buck at 15 years old and has hunted all over North America. Married to Mila for 28 years, Dan always wants his kids to take game animals before he does, and is just as happy when they do. He’s also an accomplished crossbow hunter. “When I hunt with my TenPoint crossbow, I know I’ve made the right choice to get the job done,” he said. “They are reliable, accurate, and are by far the most lethal crossbow in the industry.”

Don’t miss the season’s first episode of The Outdoor Option this New Year’s Eve!

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Original Source: Sportsmans Lifestyle.com

Flying Arrow Products

 

Flying Arrow Products

by Ted Lund

 

Chris Rager is no stranger to building world-class archery products.

Chris Rager

Chris Rager

A passionate archer and product designer, Rager cut his teeth with his previous company, Trophy Ridge/Rocket Aeroheads in 2001.

Since then, Rager has spend countless days in the field in the quest to develop better archery equipment. His goal: develop a broadhead that would change the way archer’s think and that would fly straight and create the most hemorrhage in an effort to harvest game as quickly and humanely as possible.

That vision has come to fruition with Flying Arrow Archery. Rager founded the Montana-based company in 2012 and took the archery world by storm with the introduction of his signature Toxic line of broadheads.

Toxic is the culmination of three years of design work trying to blend the resilience and flight

3 Blade Broadhead

3 Blade Broadhead

characteristics of fixed broadheads with the wound channel of mechanical broadheads — a true fixed, coring broadhead. Toxic was the result.

Toxic broadheads screw into today’s modern arrow inserts and are a 100% coring broadhead that has no fixed linear blades. It weighs 100 grains and has multiple replaceable blades that are razor sharp and taper back instead of being perpendicular to the target dramatically increasing penetration.

“It’s the perfect broadhead,” says Rager. “It flies as straight and quiet as a field tip, it has great penetration, and it has reduced wind drag for making those tricky shots count when the weather conditions aren’t always cooperating. It’s low profile to reduces the chance of making contact with bone, it has over 5 inches of cutting surface making it second to none in its category, and most of all, it has no moving parts, set screws, clips, O-rings or rubber bands.”

The “Toxic” leaves a wound channel described by a surgeon as a “Radical Core Decompression” wound — the most lethal of wounds. The archer will notice when the arrow strikes, the animal’s noticeable will to live is less than traditionally expected in the archery world. In other words, you, the archer need to try the “Toxic” out and experience what Rager and a selected few other archers have been able to experience.

The company’s website features a dealer locator and online store with their complete range of archery broadheads, practice points and apparel. You’ll also find videos and an online trophy room. For more information on Toxic and the entire line of Flying Arrow products visit flyingarrowarcheryusa.com.

 

Original Source: Sportsmans Lifestyle.com

A ‘Reindeer’ Check

 

A ‘Reindeer’ Check

by Lacey Hunt

Yes, it is time to think about that midnight ride. No…not Paul Revere. THE midnight ride. This is the time where a sleigh is filled, and some truly inspiring creatures rise up and carry a man named Santa across the moon and across the seas so that all boys and girls can have that special gift they receive every year…if they’re good, of course.

 

Merry Christmas

Merry Christmas

What people may not know, however, is the fact that ‘reindeer’ appear in other areas of the environment. The animal, per se, is not the only reindeer in this world. Believe it or not, there is a reindeer in the lichen realm. Reindeer moss. This is one of those extremely important species that grows in both hot and cold areas. But because the moss is found in mostly alpine areas, it is easy to understand that the hardiness of the moss matches the hardiness of Santa’s own team.

 

It is also one of those things that is extremely important to the ecological and environmental balance of this world. As it’s called, this is a food source for the reindeer that is necessary for their well-being. But it also grows slowly, and when looking at keeping the environment healthy it’s important to note that once an area is over-grazed or trampled on, it will take a very long while for the moss to grow back. No kids, no worries; the North Pole has a huge supply, so they’re all good up there. But Mom and Dad need to know that this is a species (on a long list of species that keeps getting longer) that needs to be protected.

 

Something more fun to talk about? Well, the moss growth IS just fine at the North Pole, because someone just went up there to check on the reindeer and found out that each and every member of the team is well-fed and excited about taking off.

 

The president of the World Veterinary Association (as well as being the former president of the American Veterinary Medical Association), just reported on the AVMA website, that she made her trip to the North Pole to make sure the team was up-to-date on their vaccinations and healthy as ‘magical horses’ so they can work hard without fear of catching a cold on Christmas Eve. She will also make a follow-up journey to the North Pole on Christmas Eve to double-check on everything and do a pre-flight checkup; she will remain there, like a very good doctor, to check them all out upon their return so that the team can get some rest and make sure they’re strong enough next year to do it all again. A note for kids: The doctor says that if you wish to leave a snack for the reindeer, graham cracker reindeer cookies are the way to go. Rudolph LOVES them…I can’t prove it, but sources say his nose shines brighter after enjoying a couple of the cookies.

 

It is also important to remember that there are many reindeer out there that weren’t quite as magical as the ones Santa picked, so they live each and every day in their own homes that range from arctic tundra to mountainous regions of northern Europe, Siberia, and North America. And some of the sub-species of these reindeer (or, caribou, if you wish to call them by that name), are extremely rare. This is one of those statistics that everyone must learn about, because we are always talking about protection and survival in this world when it comes to every part of our environment and our animal kingdom.

 

The reindeer matter; the wolves matter; all of the animals we love out there are a huge part of our world, and they need to be watched over just as well as Santa watches over his own!

 

So…get out the graham cracker cookies, because a very special team is coming soon.

Original Source: Baret News Wire.org