Archive for June, 2009

A Legend Lost… R.I.P. Michael Joseph Jackson AKA The King of Pop (August 29, 1958–June 25, 2009)

Posted in Uncategorized on June 26, 2009 by cwise26

thriller(CNN) — Entertainer Michael Jackson died after being taken to a hospital on Thursday having suffered cardiac arrest, said his brother Jermaine Jackson.

Paramedics took Jackson, 50, from his west Los Angeles home Thursday afternoon to UCLA Medical Center, where a team of physicians attempted to resuscitate him for more than an hour, said his brother Jermaine Jackson. He said the famed singer was pronounced dead at 2:26 p.m. PT.

An autopsy is scheduled Friday, Jermaine Jackson said. Results are expected Friday afternoon, according to Lt. Fred Corral of the Los Angeles coroner’s office, who added that Jackson was unresponsive when he arrived at the hospital.

Fire Capt. Steve Ruda told CNN paramedics were sent to a west Los Angeles, California, residence after a 911 call came in at 12:21 p.m.

Law enforcement officials said the Los Angeles Police Department Robbery-Homicide Division opened an investigation into Jackson’s death. They stressed there is no evidence of criminal wrongdoing. Still, officials said they would conduct interviews with family members and friends.

CNN Analyst Roland S. Martin spoke on Thursday with Marlon Jackson, brother of Michael Jackson.

“I talked to Frank Dileo, Michael’s manager. Frank told me that Michael last night was complaining about not feeling well. He called to tell him he wasn’t feeling well.

“Michael’s doctor went over to see him, and Frank said, ‘Marlon, from last night to this morning, I don’t know what happened.’ When they got to him this morning, he wasn’t breathing. They rushed him to the hospital and couldn’t bring him around.”

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Vegas Baby: 2009 ArenaCup heads to Las Vegas

Posted in Uncategorized on June 25, 2009 by cwise26

Arena Cup XWednesday June 24, 2009

CHICAGO – The Orleans Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada, will be the backdrop for the 2009 ArenaCup, the arenafootball2 league’s 10th anniversary championship event. ArenaCup10, promoted in conjunction with the Orleans Casino and Hotel, will be held on Saturday, August 22, the League office announced today after a unanimous vote by the af2 Board of Directors.

This will be the first time the af2 title game will be held in Las Vegas. The Arena Football League (AFL) held two ArenaBowl Championship games in Las Vegas in 2005 and 2006. This is the fourth time in the last five seasons the af2 has held a neutral-site ArenaCup. A neutral-site championship game gives fans time to make plans to attend the game and allows the League to put together a unique sports and entertainment weekend.

“We are excited to bring the ArenaCup to Las Vegas where we know it will be a first-class event from top to bottom,” said af2 President Jerry Kurz. “Our owners were in total agreement as well. They saw the value in bringing our league’s season-ending, showcase event to arguably the biggest showcase city in the world. In addition, our fans are going to be treated to a unique, total entertainment experience from touchdown to takeoff.”

The Orleans Casino and Hotel has created a number of fan and family-friendly, affordable ArenaCup Weekend options that include tickets to the game and a two-night hotel stay. Those options are listed in detail below.

All Hotel Packages include two (2) tickets to the 2009 ArenaCup on Saturday, August 22 (at price level indicated) + two (2) hotel nights (room & tax). Fans can stay Friday & Saturday or Saturday & Sunday.

Package A: $236 – This includes the $60 tickets (P1)
Package B: $190 – This includes the $40 tickets (P2)
Package C: $175 – This includes the $32.50 tickets (P3)
Package D: $145 – This includes the $17.50 tickets (P4)

Ticket/Hotel packages for the 2009 ArenaCup will be available for purchase beginning on July 10 at 10 a.m. PST.

ArenaCup Weekend will also include a calendar filled with events and activities. Additional details on ArenaCup Weekend will be released shortly.

About Orleans Casino and Hotel
Located at 4500 W. Tropicana Ave., The Orleans includes more than a dozen restaurants, an 18-screen movie theater, 70-lane bowling center, 850-seat showroom and the 9,500-seat Orleans Arena. The property has a 135,000-square foot casino with 60 table games including Blackjack-21, Roulette, Baccarat, Craps and Pai Gow. Guests will also find more than 2,800 slot and video poker machines. Additionally, The Orleans includes a bingo parlor, keno lounge and race and sports book. More information on The Orleans Hotel and Casino can be found at http://www.orleanscasino.com.

About Orleans Arena
The Orleans Arena, a Boyd Gaming facility, located just off the Las Vegas Strip is host to more than 200 events each year, including top concerts such as Van Halen, Black Eyed Peas, Akon, Rihanna, Brooks & Dunn, and Panic at the Disco; family favorites Disney on Ice, Harlem Globetrotters, and Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus; and a variety of sporting events including the Las Vegas Wranglers professional ECHL hockey team, NCAA basketball tournaments, the West Coast Conference Tournament, plus three major motorsports events each year. For information on booking events call 702.365.7469 or visit http://www.orleansarena.com.

About af2
In Week 14 of its 10th anniversary season with a 25-team membership, af2 serves as a vehicle to bring Arena Football to small-to-midsize cities and as a developmental league with an unmatched history of sending players, coaches and officials to major professional football leagues each year. Log on to http://www.af2.com for more information.

After 0-5 start, healthy Firebirds look to playoffs

Posted in Uncategorized on June 25, 2009 by cwise26

After 0-5 start, healthy Firebirds look to playoffs
Saturday, May 16, 2009
By Bob Weiner (Contact)
Gazette Reporter

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ALBANY — Persistence and patience have paid off for the Albany Firebirds, who host a rare afternoon game today at 1 against the Manchester Wolves at Times Union Center.
The Firebirds opened the season with five straight losses, but they have rebounded with two consecutive victories. Injuries to key players played a prominent role in the Firebirds’ struggles, and now that they are healthy, they hope to make a run for the arenfootball2 playoffs.
“I’m not surprised,” said Albany head coach Tony Bowick, in his first season as a head coach in the af2. “I knew we were a good football team. We didn’t put things together like I hoped we would, but I figured it was just a matter of time. The guys didn’t give up on it. Their hard work paid off. I think we showed that we are a solid team over the last two weeks, but we’re not there yet.
“We beat a pair of struggling teams like ourselves, but now we’re playing a good team in Manchester. I thought we played a good game against them the first time we played them, but we got outplayed in the second half. Let’s see if we can beat them on our home turf.”
Probably the most dramatic change for the Firebirds is the play at quarterback.
Stephen Wasil has earned offensive player of the week honors in both contests since he returned from a five-week stint on the injured reserve list because of a lower leg injury. Last week, in a 54-41 victory over the Bossier City/Shreveport Battle Wings, Wasil threw for a season-high 302 yards and six touchdowns. He also ran in for a couple of scores.
“We’ve got a veteran quarterback now who knows the game. He makes it easier on the linemen because he gets the ball out quick. I appreciate what Adam [backup quarterback Adam Bednarik] did for us when he had to take over. I think he’s grown a lot and will be better if we ever need him again, but it sure is nice to have a veteran back there.”
Another key for the Firebirds last week was the play of leading receiver Christian Wise, who returned to action after missing the previous week with an injury. Wise earned the league’s iron man of the week award after scoring three touchdowns and piling up 190 receiving yards to go along with a key interception in the third quarter and several kickoff returns. Wise almost never left the field. He ranks sixth in the league in both all-purpose yards per game (179.2) and receiving yards per game (128.3).
Wideout/linebacker Alvin Ray Jackson caught three TD passes to tie Wise for the team lead with eight on the season and also added five tackles and an interception last week. He has a pair of defensive touchdowns this season, and is first on the team in interceptions (two) and second on the club in tackles (25).
Defensive back Jamel Ramsay registered seven tackles against the Battle Wings, while defensive end David Tash had a sack and a forced fumble for the second consecutive week. Linebacker/defensive back Malik Jackson made his Albany debut last week and broke up three passes, to go along with four tackles.
“People ask me who is my go-to guy, and I tell them all of my players are go-to guys,” said Bowick. “We want guys who can play more than one position. Look what Christian Wise did. He was great on offense, defense and on special teams. We’ve got versatile guys on this team. I’m so glad that we’re finally having some success, because the guys have been working their butts off all year.”
Manchester (3-3) is paced by quarterback James Pinkney, who has completed 120 of 195 passes for 1,543 yards and 30 TD strikes. He had three favorite targets: Emery Sammons (42 catches, 631 yards, 12 TDs), Steve Savoy (35 catches, 406 yards, 10 TDs) and Jason Messing (18 catches, 209 yards, five TDs).
Paul Jefferson is the Wolves’ leading rusher with 114 yards on 24 attempts. He has three touchdowns.
Bowick said it will be interesting to see how his team performs in the afternoon after playing the rest of their games at night.
“It’s an early game, so there will be no waiting around all day to play. There will be no excuses,” he said.

First Ever Rookie Season Write Up..2yrs ago

Posted in Uncategorized on June 25, 2009 by cwise26

Cats rejuvenated after bye week
Eric Tabor
Thursday June 12, 2008

Coming off a much-needed bye week that was used to nurse some nagging injuries, it’s a whole new ballgame for the South Georgia Wildcats.

Cats offensive coordinator Charlie Davidson said earlier this week that this team needed a blowout win. Head coach Derik Stingley wanted the team to play four quarters.

“Everybody came out to play,” said Wildcat Defensive back Matt Jackson. “We just have to carry it over week to week.”

As usual, there was a message behind Coach Davidson and Coach Stingley’s methods.

“Any time you can fire in all three phases like we did and play a full four-quarter game, because Coach Stingley really wanted us to play that full four-quarter game,” said Alvin Ray Jackson.

“He felt like we’ve played four-quarter games, but not to the best of our ability, when we’d done everything right. It feels real good right now.”

In fact, what a difference a week makes for the confidence level and mood of the Wildcats (6-4 overall) heading into a huge showdown game on Saturday against the Florida Firecats.

“Any opponents that come against us,” said Christian Wise. “We come to play.”

After the game Coach Davidson had a new phrase, “Keep the momentum going.”

The Wildcat defense forced seven turnovers, five of which were interceptions, three of those were returned for touchdowns. Ronald Cola led the way with two picks and a fumble recovery on a kickoff for a touchdown, followed by Alvin Ray Jackson, Piere Lee, and Cory Bailey who returned their turnovers for touchdowns. Not to be trumped, the defensive line had three sacks and two fumble recoveries for touchdowns. Melvin Parris fell on a loose ball for a touchdown, as did James Harris.

“The defense set the tempo, the offense followed suit,” said coach Davidson.

Since the team returned from the bye week, there have been a plethora of changes.

One of the biggest was the simplified offensive scheme.

“I spent the bye week reflecting on improving the playcalling,” said coach Davidson. “Condense the offense and stick to the plays we do well.”

Unfortunately for the Daytona Beach Thunderbirds, they played the victim. The Wildcat offense scored on all but two of its possessions, led by QB Andrico Hines 17-of-25 passing for 240 yards and seven touchdowns.

With that said, all is now right with the world, as South Georgia wins 84-28.

Sooo Im Bizzack!!

Posted in Uncategorized on June 25, 2009 by cwise26

Ok so ive super neglected my Blog page, facebook page, modelmayhem page & my damn Myspace aka crackspace page! And it can all be thanks to TWITTER lol. It came out of no where and took over by storm faster than facebook did! So the billion dollar question is…WHATS NEXT!? But none the less im back and its really only cause im out for a couple weeks rehabbing my shoulder in LA. Its actually becoming a very frustrating thing because ive never been hurt before but believe you me I will be good aka GUCCI as soon as i step back on the field before the playoffs. And on another note being back home feels Greeeeaaattttt (tony the tiger) and i missed it and this southern california weather but i will keep yall updated on my rehab and just the norm back in my LA lifestyle. So be sure to check back in for video and more blog post;)Photo 320