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Tazer Ball – Shocking

Tazer Ball When I first got wind of this and decided it was blog worthy I was immediately faced with a major dilemma. Would this be classified a sport or entertainment?

The testosterone fueled players certainly call it a sport. There is a ball and two goals which gives it all the appearance of a sport. But then there’s grown men chasing each other around a big field and poking at each other with tazers. That’s shockingly good entertainment. (Pun intended)

I mean think about it. The promotional video starts out with this disclaimer:

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WARNING — Do NOT try this at home! These are trained professionals. UTB Stun Guns can cause serious injury… or death! [/box]

How’s that for entertainment value? Like playing football with baseball bats and chain saws.

Okay, so the rules are simple.

There are two teams of four players and a great big soccer ball. You have a field of play with a goal at each end. Each player carries a low impact tazer (electrical shock device) they can use on whoever is carrying the ball.

Suddenly baseball and tennis sounds like the great American snoozefest.

There’s already a UTB league consisting of four teams – The LA Nightlight, The Philadelphia Killawatts, The Toronto Terrors and the San Diego Spartans.

UTB Teams(Franchises are available)

Hmmm…. I have this idea for a game involving Frisbees and crossbows. It’s got killer entertainment value!!

Elizabeth Taylor – Hollywood’s Last Great Icon

From a film career that began early in the 1940s to fame, fortune, misfortune, and finally death of congestive heart failure. She was many things to many people, but to sum it all up, she was nothing short of a national treasure. She lived her life under the microscope of celebrity from an early age and through the years took on the role of Hollywood icon with a certain flair that only Liz could give.

 

The outpouring of love and admiration came from celebrity friends and admirers are a testament to her longevity in Hollywood.

“We have just lost a Hollywood giant. More importantly, we have lost an incredible human being.” – Elton John, in a statement.

“The world has lost a truly iconic beauty, inside and out.Elizabeth Taylor will be deeply missed.” – Victoria Beckham, on Twitter.

“I am so saddened about the passing of Elizabeth Taylor! She will always be my idol!” – Kim Kardashian, on Twitter.

“The shock of Elizabeth was not only her beauty. It was her generosity. Her giant laugh. Her vitality, whether tackling a complex scene on film or where we would all have dinner until dawn. She is singular and indelible on film and in our hearts.” – “Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?” director Mike Nichols, in a statement.

“I knew elizabeth Taylor and I can tell you she was kind, brave, generous and loyal. I am sad.” – Jane Fonda, on Twitter.

“White Diamonds was the first fancy thing I owned in my life. Elizabeth Taylor is the first person so glamorous you wanted to smell like her.” – Mindy Kaling (“The Office”), on Twitter.

“She was always,always there for me.I’ll miss her for the rest of my life,but I was so lucky to have known her.” – Liza Minnelli, to E! Online.

“She had a sense of humor that was so bawdy, even I was saying, ‘really? That came out of your mouth?’ She was just a magnificent woman. She was a great broad and a good friend.” – Whoopi Goldberg, on “The View.”

“God bless Elizabeth Taylor. One of the last true Hollywood legends.. What a lady, what a life..” – Mario Lopez, on Twitter.

“I met Elizabeth Taylor several times. She was witty and self-deprecating, which I found surprising and delightful. She loved to laugh.” – Steve Martin, on Twitter.

“So sad to hear about Elizabeth Taylor..it’s the end of an era for sure…” – Lea Michele, on Twitter.

“She was an illuminator. She put human faces on issues…the world is becoming as she envisioned it: freer” – Sharon Stone, to E! Online.

“RIP elizabeth taylor, a great actress and a great beauty, who’s formidable contributions to both film and charity will always be remembered.” – Zooey Deschanel, on Twitter.

“Elizabeth Taylor was a great friend, a great star and one gutsy woman. She was so special. You won’t see the likes of her again…” – Larry King, on Twitter.

“Elizabeth…thank u for the lessons u taught me about life..suffering and Joy….you are the BRIGHTEST STAR in the universe..Eternal love” – Kirstie Alley, on Twitter.

“such a sad when a legend like Elizabeth Taylor pass away.fitting that it’s gloomy&rainy in ny.A place of sadness” – Bethenny Frankel, on Twitter.

“So VERY shocked and saddened to hear of the passing of Dame Elizabeth Taylor. A true Hollywood legend and humanitarian and friend. RIP” – Marlee Matlin, on Twitter.

“Every year Elizabeth Taylor sent my dad a telegram (yes, telegram) for his birthday. It said: ‘Remember, I’m younger than you!’ (by 1 day)” – Rosanne Cash, on Twitter.

I think Whoopi summed it all up when she said…

“She was a great broad.”

Shine on you crazy white diamond. Rest in peace.

Weirdo Wednesday – Jan 26, 2011

Today’s Weirdo of the Week is not dedicated to one weirdo in particular. It’s dedicated to a program that specializes in weirdos.  To commemorate Season Ten of American Idol, launching tonight on Fox Television, let’s look back at a few weirdos that have invaded the AI stage.

Since I neither watch, or for that matter like, American Idol, I can only depend on viral news to recall AI weirdos from seasons past.  If you remember one that I happen to miss, feel free to add (him, her,it,they) in the comments below.

The most well known of the weirdos to enjoy an extended fifteen minutes of fame is Season three contestant, William “She Bangs” Hung. Considering Hung could neither sing or dance, his skyrocketing popularity, after his train wreck of an audition, defys explanation. A web site setup by a William Hung fan (insert eye roll here) garnered over four million hits the first week. Hung then appeared on several television programs including Jimmy Kimmel Live!, On Air with Ryan Seacrest, Entertainment Tonight, The George Lopez Show, The Late Show With David Letterman, Countdown with Keith Olbermann, The Ellen DeGeneres Show, Dateline NBC, Arrested Development and CBS’s The Early Show. Take that, Simon Cowell! Hung went on to sign a big record deal and in between 2004 and 2005 released three CDs. There are a few AI winners who haven’t done that well.

Then there was season six teen-sensation, Sanjaya Malakar, from Federal Way, Wa. He may not be the weirdest contestant, but that “Ponyhawk” hair qualifies for weird. Sanjaya stayed on the American Idol stage, week-after-nauseating-week, pushed forward by momentum gained from the “Vote for the Worst” website. Simon Cowell, with zero confidence of a Sanjaya victory, said, “He’s not going to win. I won’t be back if he does!”

Potential contestants get very creative looking for ways to stand out from their AI competition. Take season eight contestant, Katrina Darrell aka Bikini Girl, for example. What she lacked in singing ability she made up in visual misdirection. This former Hooter’s Girl turned singer showed up at the AI audition wearing an itsy bitsy bikini and a smile. She managed to get the invitation to Hollywood, but was voted off early in the competition.  Katrina did return for the show’s season finale on May 20, 2009, to appear in a vocal throw-down against judge Kara DioGuardi.

Not to be outdone, season eight started out with the answer to the bikini girl – Bikini Guy. (He was not invited back)

Through the years the American Idol auditions have provided us with laughs and amazement. From “She Bangs” to “Pants on the Ground,” the AI influence on pop culture is evident and prolific. Auditions usually turn into reality TV’s version of a Weirdo stampede. Check out these examples: Janita BurksDerek Stillings, Tuan Nguyen and Jared Wiley,

Here’s a look at some of last year’s weirdos giving us their version of Pussycat Dolls, “Don’t cha’ (wish your girlfriend was hot like me)”

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“There was one great part to your song – it was the end!” ~Simon Cowell