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Archive | August 2017

Bartman, gets his ring!

By Paul Anthony

On October 14th,2003 an event occurred that changed the lives of so many people, sure this wasn’t a world changing event but it was an event nonetheless, I am talking about the Steve Bartman foul ball incident. Now in case you don’t know the story or even forgot I’ll remind you. The Chicago Cubs were playing against the Florida Marlins in game six of the National League championship series, the Cubs had a 3-2 series advantage and were leading in the game 3-0, Luis Castillo of the Marlins hit a foul ball which appeared to be a catch able ball for Moises Alou who was running towards it on the third base side of the field, the ball from replay appeared to be slightly in crowd, some fans moved realizing this ball could be caught, others though still went for it and of those fans the made contact with one hand, the hand of Steve Bartman, whose hand slightly disrupted the ball path and ruining Alou chance at catching it, Bartman did what any fan would do in that moment, no doubt it was a simply mistake. Bartman was a lifelong Cub fan and to this day he still is.

The Cubs would have had a second out in that inning but after that, the floodgates open and would give up 8 runs and lose the game 8-3. The loss forced a game seven which they lost also and Marlins would end up heading to the World Series and winning it.

Bartman, was safe for a short time since there were no jumbotrons at Wrigley field at the time no one knew what exactly happen, but Fox couldn’t let it go, which many people at home saw and began calling their friends and family at the game, the word spread quickly and people began to point at him and throwing stuff at him and chanting at him forcing security to get him out of there for his own safety, at one point the threats were so bad many thought he would go into witness protection because of this.

Bartman will disappear from the public turning down endorsements and everything that would have made him a very rich guy, but his love and loyalty and heart break for what happen, he didn’t take a single dime. The funny thing is Alou would later come out and say he didn’t thing he could catch that ball though he would later say he doesn’t remember saying that.

As we know the Cubs would win it all in 2016, with fans even trying to get Bartman to throw the first pitch in one of those games. But in good spirit the Cubs did something special, they gave him his own championship ring to show good faith and settle this for good. Though Bartman didn’t he was worthy of it he felt honored to receive it and it will be something he will cherish forever. Maybe one day Bartman will return to Wrigley but we will just have to wait and see.

I am glad this is over to be honest, I thought the fans blew this out of the water, to want to cause harm to someone because of a game is just down right sad, but I am glad they are over it.

 

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Five Batman villains who should be in the new trilogy

By: Justin Hopkins 

 I’m tired of the Joker. There I said it. He’s over used and played out. Seen him shine in the dark knight, rebooted for Suicide Squad,  and will more then likely carry on into the Harley spin-off. Meaning he should not be apart of The Batman Trilogy. Take nothing away from the Joker. He’s Batman’s arch villain, but Batman has the best list of villains, in the entire D.C. Universe. To continue to use him is redundant, and growing stale. In my opinion, these five would be perfect to appear in the trilogy. 

 Note: since Deathstroke has already been cast. I’m excluding him from the list, since at this moment. Appears he is going to be a part of them.

 THE RIDDLER 

Intellectual Mastermind,  Edward Nigma, is long due for his return to the silver screen.  Especially, since many hoped he would have returned in Dark Knight Rises. His genius level at times capable of surpassing even Batmans. His involvement would allow them to build off the Detective moments shown in Batman vs Superman. Creating a thrilling mystery that would engage the audience into trying to solve the Riddles. If they dont want him to be a full blown villain. Can include him as the Private Investigator Batman can turn to for help.

 POISON IVY  

 When a movie can draw on real life, it tends to make for that much more better of a story.  With people wanting to see more female involvement, and Global Warming being as prevalent as ever; almost surprising that Pamela Isley hasn’t been brought up sooner. Around fifty one years, alot of her stories, protraies her as a villain, because of her actions, but her motivations makes her come across as almost an anti hero in away.  Fighting to protect the earth, or fiercely defending orphans in another. It allows the viewers to almost get behind her in ways other villains can’t.  The emotional roller coaster they can tell could make for a great Batman film. With her already set to appear in Gotham City Sirens. Would be easy to segway her from one to another.

 BLACK MASK

 With Matt Reeves claiming to want to use a method similar to what Nolan used. What better way then to go back to his fight against the mob, and enter Roman Sionis. An under utilized villain, whose uber violence and methodical torture can force Batman to another level, to deal with a dangerous fighter, marksman, and masterful tactician. A movie featuring Black Mask would keep the audience on the edge of their seats till the end. 

 THE RED HOOD

 They almost have to use him.  After the teaser in Batman vs Superman. Seeing Jason Todd’s Robin Costume would be the worst what if moment ever if they didn’t. Honestly,  they should anyways.  The fan base is rabid to see him, the story is fantastic, and made for the big screen.  The return of Jason Todd as a villain arguably struck more of a cord with Bruce then his death. Emotional story and thrilling climax is some of the best story telling, only really behind the next option.

 HUSH

 This could be the trilogy alone. Often held as one of the all time greatest Batman Comic Runs of all time.  Would open the door for every Batman villain, the whole Bat Family, and Superman. The psychological torment that Thomas Elliot inflicts on Bruce Wayne almost screams to be seen in theaters, and blow away everything before it. 

  There are so many others that can be substituted into the list,  and please feel free to comment who you would like to see. Batman has such a vast world.  Why see what we have already seen. When another can step up have their turn for a change. 

 




 

MLB Trade Deadline 

By: Justin Hopkins 

 The trade deadline came to an end today.  While it was a little less dramatic, then I was expecting, had one asked a month ago. Still packed plenty of surprising moves. Five teams sought ought, not only to win their Division Races, but drastically improve their odds of taking home a ring.  Let’s jump right in with the National League East, Washington Nationals.

 Coming into this year,  the National’s were a top favorite to contend, and carrying the second best record in the National League. There biggest weakness being in the bullpen. They weren’t content with picking up the two relievers they had gotten. They added the third best closer in MLB, Brandon Klintzer. Sporting a 2.38 ERA, and 28 saves. This is going to go a long way to build confidence with a lead late in the game now.

 The lack of movement in the National League Central,  was actually really surprising. (particularly my hometown Pirates) Outside of the Cincinnati Reds, four teams are all within 4.5 Games of first. That is except the leader, Chicago Cubs. Having already added Ace Jose  Quintana. In controversial move,  traded two top ten prospects to Detroit, for reliever Justin Wilson and Alex Alivia. It might seem strange, but it was a move they had to make. Having won their first World Series in over a Century.  This team was being herald as a potential Dynasty has had a rocky first half.  They need to be successful this year, to prove to their fans and the media, that last year was not a flash in the pan.

 Onto the National League West, where the Los Angeles Dodgers have been a juggernaut. Unstoppable force putting up 74-31 and they just got better.  Picking up Tony Watson and Tony Cingrani, from the Pirates and Reds. At the final minutes to the Deadline,  picked up Ace Yu Darvish from the Texas Rangers. Who may be a little off this year, 4.01 ERA. Fully expect this move to rejuvenate him, and with the team they now possess. Even their toughest critics will be hard pressed to not say they are World Series favorites. 

 The Houston Astros, have stolen the show on the American League side.  Not only taking control over their Division, but the league itself.  They are young and versatile.  Proven their dominance and resilience time in and time out.  Adding veteran Francisco Liriano is just a smart move. May have lost a step, but has simply stifled lefties at the bag, making him extremely useful in the pen, but his veteran status and playoff experience.  Can be a club house leader for the younger guys to work with. 

 The New York Yankees have been throwing out feelers since the All-star break. Seeking help to fend off the Boston Red Sox. Landing just that,  with Oakland Athletics, Right Hander, Sonny Gray. Adding instant star power pitching to an already talented rotation and powerful hitters.  They may have dealt three players for him, but two of them are injured.  They got him for a steal. Which may not only have won them the division,  but punched their ticket to the big game. 

 Trade Deadline has past. May have been less exciting then what I was thinking it would be. These teams have made drastic moves that may have been the difference between watching from home, to playing in the World Series.