Almost as funny as it is tragic (that sounds so wrong), The Ruffians’ Burning Bluebeard, currently running at Theatre Wit, is a very unique live performance that everyone should experience. Bluebeard is an ensemble piece that recreates the stage performance that took place during the famous 1903 Iroquois Theater fire that claimed over 600 lives on Randolph Street in downtown Chicago.
The moment we enter the stage area, we are met with body bags that lie on a charred theater floor. It is a melancholy scene that sends chills up one’s spine. We soon are introduced to five stage performers and a theater manager who each tell their story of what they were doing at the time the fire struck. This happens in between the recreation of acts leading up to the tragedy. During this process we laugh and laugh some more. How can there be something funny found in something so disastrous? Masterfully, playwright Jay Torrence is able to infuse a dark humor throughout this tragic historical event. Each character delivers a knockout performance drawing laughs at will from the crowd one moment and bringing tears to one’s eyes the next.
One of the year’s best, this show is like no other. Its vivid descriptiveness relates to the audience to the point you really feel you know the characters and are experiencing the tragedy along with them. Grim and morose is the story though comical are many of the surrounding facts such as the Mr. Bluebeard itself, the massively produced play with over four hundred cast members that was running at the time of the great fire. A play that hardly made any sense and depended on large visuals, an overload of song numbers (nine songs in first act alone) and dazzling acrobatics.
We are described beautifully the stunning details of the sixteen hundred seat Iroquois Theater, a majestic auditorium with no costs spared during its creation that was touted as fireproof just as the Titanic was called unsinkable nine years later. The sad truths are slowly released whereas mostly women and children were in attendance at this standing room only matinee performance, and that the theater was nearly escape proof once the fire erupted.
Wonderfully directed by Halana Kays, Burning Bluebeard makes exceptional use of its limited space, successfully creating the illusion of a much larger scaled production. Ensemble members Pam Chermansky and author Jay Torrence lead the way delivering mesmerizing performances in this multi-talented and very colorful cast with Anthony Courser, Molly Plunk, Leah Urzendowski and Ryan Walters. And thanks to imaginative costume design, we have no problem believing we are present at a 1903 production.
In Burning Bluebeard we are treated to a rare flavor of theatre that is sure to leave a lasting impression.
Oriental Theatre - From the opening of the show when Chicago actor Ed Kross comes out and explains in a perfect 50’s TV announcer voice that we are all at a live taping of the Lucy Show back in 1952, I was captivated.
Two real episodes of the show were purchased for this production, “The Benefit” and “Lucy has her eyes examined.” I thought both episodes were perfectly chosen not just for their comedic effect but because they showed clearly how far ahead of her time Lucille Ball and her husband Desi Arnaz were by creating the three camera filming process and Lucy being the first female studio owner, way, way ahead of their time! I adored the bright, honest yet sardonic tone of the antics of the ensemble who lovingly recreated the between scene period TV commercials for classic products Brylcreem and Alka Seltzer. Rick Sparks staging is spot on and is very fun and exciting to watch as the entire cast and crew move seamlessly from introducing the show to setting off the applause sign for us , the live studio audience. It really felt like we were transported back in time to 1950s Los Angeles and were waiting breathlessly to see these two huge iconic stars in the flesh for the first time.
Lori Hammel as Ethel and Kevin Remington as Fred Mertz were very funny, very well cast and true to their characters. It is interesting to note that the real Vivian Vance playing Ethel originally objected to the 20 year plus age difference between her and her TV husband Fred! I always wondered why her husband was so much older and less attractive than the handsome couple they were best friends with but that was pretty typical for the time period.
Thea Brooks did a fantastic job playing the most difficult role in this show. Brooks really captured the absolutely brilliant physical comedy and genuine dancers grace with which Lucille Ball (originally a Broadway quality dancer) was able to bestow upon female comedy timing in a world which had yet to enter fully in the women’s movement at all.
The wonderful, best friends forever interaction between Lucy and Ethel reminded us that Lucy was also ahead of her time not only by marrying interracially, but Lucille Ball was also the first champion of long lasting, devoted, female friendship, now referred to as “chicks before dicks!” at a time when both issues were severely frowned upon and questioned by society.
Euriamis Losada as Ricky blew audiences away with his eerily accurate portrayal of Ricky Ricardo’s movements and voice! Every single line of comedy and each line of his musical numbers were so like the original I occasionally squinted my eyes and felt I could see Lucy and Desi standing on the stage. These two performances were so difficult and required much attention to detail by Brooks and Losada, yet they pulled it off without bordering on caricature or parody regarding these two beloved superstars. Thea Brooks and Euriamis Losada displayed real STAR turns in this production and I can’t wait to see their future incarnations on Broadway in other productions.
I only have two notes for this delightful and thoroughly enjoyable production. It would have been nice if instead of the “game show break” utilizing an audience member and plant in the audience which separated the two episodes, Sparks had just allowed us, the studio audience, to take a ten minute intermission. Also, I would have loved to see a single behind the scenes scene between Lucy and Ricky AS Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz, to peer into that break from the fantasy of the show to the reality of their rocky but ground breaking marriage. It would have been very special to witness indeed and have allowed Losada and Brooks to peel back and show yet another layer of these two magnificently complicated performers in their own time period.
I highly recommend seeing I Love Lucy Live on Stage at the Oriental Theatre with your whole family to bring back the love and simplicity and also the hysterical hypocrisy of the time period that many of us grew up watching and loving.
"But how does one know if they've gone mad?" asks Alice of the elusive Cheshire Cat as he swings on a rail, hanging twenty feet off the ground. "You see, a dog growls when it's angry, and wags its tail when it's pleased," he answers. "Now, I growl when I'm pleased, and wag my tail when I'm angry." He grins and disappears, leaving a baffled Alice to contemplate the difference between madness and sanity, the similarities they share, and whether or not they might just be one in the same.
Set in the alternate world that exists beyond – or through – the parlor mirror, Lookingglass Alice is based on Lewis Carroll's sequel to the ever-familiar Alice's Adventures in Wonderland: Through the Looking-Glass. So instead of going down the rabbit hole, we literally step through the looking-glass into a dreamy (and sometimes nightmarish) world of opposites, nonsense, and whimsy, as if we too have dozed off after a game of chess and awake to find a new dimension waiting for us above the fireplace mantle.
With or without its befitting name, the Lookingglass Theatre couldn't be a more apt setting in which to tell this tale, with its open, industrial structure taking the viewer out of the space of traditional theatre and promising something more immediate and exciting.
Part children's entertainment, part Cirque du Soleil, part vicarious drug trip, Alice takes the audience on a journey simultaneously magical and dark, funny and frightening, alarming and calming, and above all, surreal. Characters have different proportions through the looking-glass, some excessively tall, some uncharacteristically small; one can run fast for hours and wind up in the very same spot from which they started; Red Queens float on umbrellas in the ocean; cats play with oversized balls of yarn (or is it you who are under-sized?); Alice spins so fast on a suspended hoop you don't know which end is her head and which are her legs – the visual equivalent of how both the audience and the heroine feel after their disorienting passage into the world within the mirror.
A very physical show, Alice is the sort of spectacle meant to be enjoyed by all types of audiences. Young children might be best left at home – the loud noises, confusion, and surreality of it all can be a little overwhelming – but it's undoubtable that physical feats like continuous two-person backflips, the lifting and balancing of actors as though they were weightless, and an anxious finale where Alice wraps herself in ropes mid-air and falls without hitting the ground will impress adults, teens, and kids alike.
Remarkably executed by a vastly talented five-person cast, Alice is less a play than it is an experience. It's colorful and unpredictable. What it lacks in plot, it makes up for in intrigue. Where it forgets logic, it remembers absurdity. You may run in place for ninety minutes and end up in the self-same spot, but you'll have gained a gleeful acceptance of your own madness and the insight that our world is not always as it looks.
Lookingglass Alice, directed by David Catlin, is playing at the Water Tower Water Works space at 821 N Michigan Ave through February 15th, 2015.
Instead of spending the night in watching “Dancing with the Stars”, “So You Think You Can Dance”, or even “American Idol”, there is a stage where you can experience the costumes, the beauty, and the grace of live ballroom dancing and competition with the control of the vote in your hands at the Cadillac Palace Theater and “Dancing Pros Live.”
The backdrop of the intimate and classical theater was an ideal location for guests to feel part of the all ages appropriate show. For those who are familiar with our ever growing passion for reality television and fantastic performances, this was an interactive experience not to be missed. Hosted by Alan Thicke (whom we all know and love from ‘Growing Pains’) and Joanna Pacitti (an “American Idol” Alum, who treats the audience to a few songs, also joined on the stage by Angel Taylor from “The Voice”) the show follows a format we have all come to know and love; 5 couples are competing for the title of “Dance Pros” through 2 rounds of ballroom dance (Interpretive and Technical,) the winner is then determined and awarded the title based on the collected and tallied audience vote.
Although some of the names of the performers may be familiar to our dancing fans, like Judges Edyta Sliwinska from DWTS and choreographer Oscar Orosco (You Got Served,) dancer Chelsie Hightower from DWTS, as well as top 6 finalist Ryan Dilello from SYTYCD; The other featured performers are not to forgotten, as all are finalists and title holders themselves within the ballroom dance world (television and competive); Regina Maziarz a US 10 Dance Champion, Paul Barris winner of Latin American DWTS, Antonina Skobina the 2012 US National Champion are just to name a few.
Before each competitive dance by the 5 competitive couples, the audience experiences 3-4 different tableaus of each dance style featured (cha-cha, samba, foxtrot…) and then watch each couple perform 2 routines. Based off of short interviews given of each couple, come together as long as 8 years and others as short as 24 hours, these dancers compete to win the audience’s vote.
For those who love dance, reality television, those who are interested in finding out a little bit more, or even if you just love voting for your favorite performers from home, Dancing Pros Live is an event and experience that every couple can enjoy or even the whole family can get into.
Did I not say it was going to be a crazy season? The Texans start week 4, with a 3-0 record. Tom Brady is benched and E.J. Manuel, QB of the Bills was replaced by Kyle Orton. The craziness is not over either, wait until week 5 update. Enjoy Week 4 folks. I hope this is not too long for you guys. Sorry in advance. No I'm not. lol.
NEW YORK GIANTS VS. WASHINGTON REDSKINS
The headlines are saying, "Eli Manning looks like a "10" again." They say the numbers don't tell the story of how good he was in the 45-14, whose your daddy now win that they put on Washington, for everybody to see on TNF. His teammates said that they knew it was only a matter of time before they saw Eli do what he do. I watched some of it but to be honest, I tuned in to "Scandal" and "How To Get Away With Murder" along with 47.5 million other people. So I can't really comment much on what happened. Just keeping it real people. So the Giants are at a 2-2 record now and this could be the start of a much needed turn around for them. Like another 2-2 team I know. I'm not saying any names, lol. I'm just telling the NFC East that the Giants have put you guys on notice. The article I read about Washington said that it does not matter who the QB is. It won't make all of the problems that the Redskins are having. A dreadful defense, a shambles of an offensive line whose members seem offended by the very idea of pass protection, LMAO, that is too funny. Even funnier, A diabolical special teams that gives away big plays as though they are prizes in a raffle. I could go on and on and believe me, the last few lines weren't mines but they are masterfully put. Plus they got some really meaty, can hardly move guys too. Just throwing my 2 cents worth of observations in. Let's see what the Giants do next. E. Manning threw for 300yds, 4 TDs + 1 he ran in himself = 5 and 1 int. A. Williams had 15 carries for 66yds & 1 TD. V. Cruz had 6 receptions for 108yds. K. Cousins threw for 257yds, 1 TD and OUCH, 4 ints. A. Morris had 12 carries for 63yds & 1 TD. R. Helu had 5 receptions for 78yds.
NEW ENGLAND PATRIOT'S VS. KANSAS CITY CHIEFS
I bet you didn't see this coming. K.C. Chiefs 41-14 over the New England Patriots. It was so bad, one reporter asked Belichick if the QB position would be evaluated this week, he just laughed at that fool. I did watch some of this game, it was not entertaining and Brady did not do his usual thing, I like when he plays well, it's great to watch. Brady was taken out of the game late in the 4th Qtr and gave rookie QB Jimmy Garoppolo a chance to wet his beak. They asked Belichick why he put the rookie in the game, he said he played all team members tonight. I guess with a spanking like that, you can spread the hurt around. At the beginning of the season, Brady was asked about how long he'd like to play, he said, "When I suck, I'll retire." I'm just saying Tom, you sucked on this Monday night. For Kansas, Jamall Charles returned from an injury to score 3 TDS. Brady did get picked twice, this was one of the worst losses that Belichick has had as the Patriots coach. That's all I have to say about this game. T. Brady threw for 159yds, 1TD & 2 ints. Yep, 159yds, don't adjust your glasses. B. LaFell had 6 receptions for 119yds & 1 TD. A. Smith threw for 248yds & 3 TDs. K. Davis had 16 receptions for 107yds. T. Kelce had 8 receptions for 93yds and 1 TD.
CHICAGO BEARS: 2-2
Last week I was singing, "how sweet it is to be loved by you" now, sadly I'm singing "it's my party and I'll cry if I want to." Yeah, we got our butts handed to us courtesy of the Green Bay Packers. You know how that feels, it just gives you a knot in your stomach. It's like when you are in high school and Joe breaks up with you and then he dates Suzi, the girl that you NEVER wanted to see him with. I would rather lose to Jacksonville than to the Packers. We started off so good, playing good solid football, letting the Packers know, this is our house and we got this. So it's half time, you dancing around the table while you grab a wing or two and you sit down to finish watching and then, outta nowhere, your whole NFL world comes crumbling down. By the end of the game, I was kicking people out my house, not feeding my dogs, not talking to my grand kids, it was just ugly, LOL. I could say there was some bogus calls, but that doesn't account for a 38-17 beat down or 2 interceptions thrown by Cutler or no defense at all, so I won't mention the bogus calls. It was more of only producing a total of 3pts after reaching the 1yd line on two, first half possession to all with all of the previous stuff I mentioned. This is the 189th meeting of the Bears and Packers and as they said Sunday, the Packers got our number. Until we beat them, WITH A.R. playing, we are never going to be legit. Tell me how do you overthrow a 6'6 receiver who has got to be 7feet leaping into the air? So, here we are 2-2, Detroit won to add more salt to the wound. Rodgers, he told the Green Bay Cheeseheads to RELAX and he did not let them down. He got it started with Jordy Nelson and it was over for my BEARS. But, I don't give up that easy. Can't say that for my brother Chris, he was like, "that's it, until the get rid of Cutler, I'm outta here". I managed to calm him down and he's back on the bus with me and the Bears, lol. The Bears & Packers did make history on Sunday. For only the 2nd time in the 95 year history of the NFL, a regular season game unfolded with no punts. The first one was on September 13, 1992 between the Bills and 49ers. Bennett set a career highs with 9 catches for 1346ds. It was his first 100yd receiving game of his career. He now leads the Bears with 29 receptions for 295yds. Rodgers said he just wanted to remind the fans that it's a long season and that at some point we're going to get it right, he had it all right in this one. A. Rodgers threw for 302yds & 4 TDs. E. Lacy had 17 carries for 48yds & 1 TD. R. Cobb had 7 receptions for 113ydcs & 2 TDs. J. Cutler threw for 256yds, 2 TDs & 2 ints. M. Forte had 23 carries for 122yds. Forte surpassed the 10,000 total yards for his career. He has 10,037. Bennett set a career highs with 9 catches for 1346ds. It was his first 100yd receiving game of his career. He now leads the Bears with 29 receptions for 295yds.
GREEN BAY PACKERS:
Read about the dissection of the Bears by the Packers, 38-17 in the Bears update.
DETROIT LIONS: 3-1
Matt Stafford figured with not having Calving Johnson 100% healthy, he would have to do some of the work himself and he did just that. He threw for 2 TDs and ran in another himself to seal the deal as they took down the Jets, 24-17. This game was a match up of Detroit's top-ranked defense & New York's No. 2. Each team only scored 3pts in the first Qtr, Detroit took the lead into halftime, 17-3 and never looked back. Geno Smith has been struggling since the start of the season and it looks like it's not getting any better. The Jet's fans chanting, "We want Vick", started to gain momentum after Geno threw a 4th Qtr interception. But the powers that be want Geno in there so he is still head of the team. Then, adding disaster to his already bad day, he turned to a fan and yelled the F*%# word while leaving the field. Probably not the smartest thing to do. Of course he apologized later, dont' they always? I think his days are numbered, just my opinion. M. Stafford threw for 293yds & 2 TDS, he also rand one in himself. G. Tate had 8 receptions for 116yds. G. Smith threw for 209yds, 1 TD, 1 int and a potty mouth. C. Ivory had 17 carries for 84yds. G. Salas had 2 receptions for 60yds.
MINNESOTA VIKINGS: 2-2
Everybody winning in the NFC North this week but my Bears. The Vikings beat the Falcons 41-28. I told ATL they was going to need some of those 56pts before it was said and done. The Vikings have play the Packers tonight. It don't really matter to me who wins this one. Bridgewater, with his first career start for the Vikings didn't finish the game but he pretty much had it wrapped up when he left. Hester had 5 receptions for 70yds & 1 TD. T. Bridgewater threw for 317yds, he left the game with an ankle sprang. J. McKinnon had 18 carries for 135yds. J. Wright had 8 receptions for 132yds. M. Ryan threw for 298yds, 3 TDs & 2 ints. A. Smith had 4 carries for 62yds & 1 TD. J. Jones had 6 receptions for 82yds.
PHILADELPHIA EAGLES: 3-1
The Eagles went into this game, 3-0. The last time they were at 3-0 was in 2004, which was the last time they went to the SB. When the dust cleared and 26-21 pts later, they would leave the day, 3-1 in the NFC East. They still have a grip on first place but the Cowboys are on the tail. They played the SF 49ers, I watched the remainder of this game after watching my Bears go down. I thought for sure the Eagles had this one and they would go into Week 5, 4-0. The 49ers said, not so fast, we still have some time. Kap and the crew were trying to avoid a 3 game skid. The 49ers finally won their first game at their new stadium but thousands of fans left at halftime. Oh yee of little faith. This Sunday, they seemed like the 49ers of last year, unstoppable, well up until it counted. Foles said that they just didn't execute, that's it, that's all, he never offers excuses, he keeps it real. Kap threw for 218yds, 2 TDs & 1 int. He did get sacked 4 times. F. Gore had 24 carries for 119yds & 1 TD. This was his first 100yd game this year. A. Boldin had 5 receptions for 62yds. N. Foles had 195yds and 2 ints. J. Maclin had 4 receptions for 57yds. Darren Sproles had a career best, 82yd punt return for a TD.
DALLAS COWBOYS: 3-1
Timeeee is on my side, yes it is....the Cowboys said they were not worried about their first lost of the season. Since then, they have won 3 more games and is in a tug-of-war for first place with the Eagles after polishing off the Saints, 38-17 and looked good while they did it. Both Terrance Williams and DeMarco Murray had a pair of TDs. Now, I don't know about anybody else, but are the Saints playing that bad or is everyone else playing better than last year. I am not taking way from any to the teams that have beat the Saints but the Saints are NOT the Saints I know. They were trailing Dallas 24-0 at the half. I'm just saying, maybe if Brees and Graham focus more on the game and stop making commercials, they might put some things together. The Saints didn't even score a TD until the 4th Qtr, now, they are tied for last place in the NFC South with, waitttt for itttt, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.Momma said there be days like this. I would love to be a fly on the wall in the Saints locker room. T. Romo threw for 262yds & 3 TDs. D. Murray had 24 carries for 149yds & 2 TDs. Not to mention that Murray is the NFL's leading rusher and he became only the 6th back in NFL history to open the season with 4 consecutive 100yd games. Go DeMarco, it's your birthday, well feels like it anyway, lol. T. Williams had 6 receptions for 77yds & 2 TDs. D. Brees threw for 340yds, 2 TDs & 1 int. K. Robinson had 8 carries for 87yds. J. Graham had 8 receptions for 86yds, 1 TD & 1 fumble. Did he even fumble at all last year? I don't think so. One more loss and I think the Saints can call it a wrap for the year. If the Cowboys are not careful, they might win 12-13 games this year, time will tell.
NEW YORK GIANTS: 2-2
They're alive!!! The Giants are showing signs of life with their 2nd win of the season against the Redskins, 45-14. They did not leave any room for doubt with this one. Read about it in the TNF update.
WASHINGTON REDSKINS: 1-3
Yep, just talked about this a second ago. Read the skinning of the Redskins by the Giants, 45-14 in the TNF update.
NEW ORLEANS SAINTS:1-3
We already know about the dismemberment of the Saints by the Cowboys, 38-17. Read about it in Dallas update.
CAROLINA PANTHERS: 2-2
It's always a sad, sorry day when a former team member helps in a beat down of their former team. That was the case when Steve Smith had 7 catches for 139yds & 2 TDs in the Ravens 38-10 win over the Panthers. Revenge is best served with TDs.... Smith was with the Panthers for 13 seasons and was released during the off season to cut cost. He proved he is not ready to go out to pasture just yet. He is the oldest player in NFL history with 400yds in his first 4 games. They asked him how was he going to celebrate the day, he said, watch some film, eat some apple pie and call it a day. This man is 35yrs old, that's 55 in NFL years, lol, but he still managed to get it done. I know they are still saying Cam is hurt, then why won't he sit down, you are not helping your team out there trying to be Superman!!! This is the Panthers 2nd straight loss. Newton was sacked twice. I think they should sit him down for a minute and let him regroup, but they won't. J Flacco threw for 327yds & 3 TDs. J. Forsett had 14 carries for 66yds & 1 TD. S. Smith, the man of the hour had 7 receptions for 139yds & 2 TDs and made his old team eat crow. C. Newton threw for 197yds & 1 TD. J. Cotchery had 5 receptions for 80yds.
TAMPA BAY BUCCANEERS: 1-3
It's a tough fight staying in last place but it seems like that's where the Bucs are most at home. They do have company with their 1-3 start this year, remember who it is, I just talked about it. But, they did win their 1st game of the season this week against the Steelers, 27-24. Come on mannnnnn, yall can't beat the Bucs. The Bucs lost to ATL by 6 TDs more than a week ago but showed life by rallying from 7pts down in the 4th Qtr to give Lovie his first win at his second head coaching job. I am sure each and every time the Bucs hit the field, they have nothing to lose, those are the teams that will get you. You know they probably partied like it's 1999. They may not win anymore this season, but you can never tell with the slow starters. Lovie said, "I was out last year, so it's been a long time since I've tasted winning a game, we as a team, needed this." Coach Tomlin of the Steelers first said he wanted to compliment Coach Lovie & the Bucs, they did what was necessary to win. He said the bottom line is that we are an undisciplined group and we are too highly penalized and they need to fix that. M. Glennon threw for 302yds, 2 TDS & 1 int. D. Martin 14 carries for 40yds & 1 TD. L. Murphy had 6 receptions for 99yds and the whole team had kool-aid smiles after the game was over :o) Big Ben, is going down fast, he threw for 314yds & 3 TDs. L. Bell had 19 carries for 63yds & A. Brown had 7 receptions for 131yds & 2 TDs.
ATLANTA FALCONS: 2-2
Read about their 41-28 lashing in the Vikings update. But, they are tied with Carolina for first place, so they aren't doing to bad or is the NFC South is just that soft? You be the judge.
SEATTLE SEAHAWKS: 2-1
DID NOT PLAY.
SAN FRANCISCO 49'ERS: 2-2
Read about their stop to their losing streak with a 26-21 win over the Eagles in that update.
ARIZONA CARDINALS: 3 -0
DID NOT PLAY.. THE CARDINALS ARE ONE OF ONLY 2 UNDEFEATED TEAMS LEFT THIS SEASON.
ST. LOUIS RAMS: 1-2
DID NOT PLAY.
CINCINNATI BENGALS: 3-0
DID NOT PLAY.. THE BENGALS IS THE OTHER TEAM THAT IS STILL UNDEFEATED FOR THIS SEASON.
BALTIMORE RAVENS: 3-1
Read about their smashing of the Panthers, 38-10 in that update and how Steve Smith stole the day. The Ravens are 3-1 for the 5th time under Harbaugh. Each of the previous 4 times they started 3-1, they made the playoffs, but the last six times they started a season 3-1, they made the playoffs and twice won a super bowl. I'm just saying.
PITTSBURGH STEELERS: 2-2
Lost to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, 27-24, NUFF SAID. Read about it in the Bucs update.
CLEVELAND BROWNS: 1-2
DID NOT PLAY.
NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS:
Read about their embarrassing 41-14 beat down by the K.C. Chiefs in the MNF update.
What else is new, the Raiders lost again, this time to the Dolphins 38-14. To top it off, the went all the way to London for this beat down. The Raiders took the lead early in the 1st Qtr, outscoring the Dolphins 7-3. Well, that didn't last long. By the time half time came, the score was 24-7 and that was the beginning of the end of the Raiders for this game. I didn't get a chance to watch this one either. Oh yeah, btw, no budget for me for new tvs so I can watch more games, I did give it the ole college try, lol. Seriously though, did anyone think that the Raiders would win except the Raiders maybe. The Raiders showed some life at the beginning of the 2nd half when the Dolphins fumbled at the goal line and Charles Woodson recovered and gave possession back to them with ample time to do something with it. Then wouldn't you know it, the ugly monster, interception reared it's ugly head and the Dolphins ran it back deep into their neck of the woods and before you could say, hello, the Dolphins scored again, FG & bammmm, 31-7. I think we know how it ends folks, no need to drag out the apparent ending. Another slap in the face, Carr suffered an ankle and knee injury and was replaced midway through the 3rd Qtr by Matt McGloin. Again, snap, crackle and pop, another Dolphin TD, end of story, for real. The Raiders did score one more TD and headed off into their much needed bye week, we won't see them again until October 12th. From what I can tell the Dolphins had fins flying around everywhere. Tannehill still mad that he did not get endorsed as the starter so he put some extra stank on his game. Take that coach, I'm the starter whether you like it or not. He did not let any opportunities get away from him in this game. Then there are rumors flying that the Raiders head coach Dennis Allen might be fired. Give him a break Tannehill, the coach is not even sure if he still has a job, why should he tell you where your fate lies. R. Tannehill threw for 278yds, 2 TDs & 1 int. L. Miller had 12 carries for 64yds & 2 TDs and yes, 1 fumble. B. Hartline had 6 receptions for 74yards. D. Carr threw for 146yds, 1 TD & 1 int. J. Jones had 6 receptions for 83yds.
NEW YORK JETS:
Mosey on back up to the Detroit Lions update and read about how they feasted on the Jets to the tune of 24-17. Not a beat down, but a loss just the same.
Nothing much went right for the Bills this game against the Texans. Not only did they lose, 23-17. E.J. Manuel was replaced as starting QB by Kyle Orton, former Bears QB. Mannnn that's cold.
INDIANAPOLIS COLTS: 2-2
The Colts are who we thought they were!! LOL. I remember the coach of the Arizona Cardinals, Dennis Green, screaming that in a post game interview after the Bears came back to beat them after the Cardinals. He added a couple of other choice words too. Hilarioussssss. So, I'm saying all that to say, I guess the Luck/Colts are who everyone I hear saying they are. I'm still not convinced. Maybe Luck got that big ole rabbits foot from Shia LeBouf in Transformer 3. I'm just saying. It's gonna take a lot more than a blow out of the Titans for me to be a believer. The Colts answered the question on whether the 25yr old QB & 35yr old receiver, Reggie Wayne could get back in sync again. They did. Wayne had is first 100yd game and first TD of the season and Luck, well he just went rabbid with 393yds & 4 TDS. Luck did have 1 interception but hey, nobody's perfect. Luck has now thrown for 763yds & 8 TDs in the last 2 games. How can they only be 2-2 with those kinds of stats? See what I'm saying. The Titans are 1-3 and are not showing any signs of adding more games to the win column, we will see where they stand after Week 5. A. Luck threw for 393yds, 4 TDs & 1 int. T. Richardson had 20 carries for 47yd & 1 TD. Who does that, 20 carries & 47yds, that's about 2.3 yds per carry. SMH. R. Wayne had 7 receptions for 119yds & 1 TD. C. Whitehurst had 177yds, 1 TD & 1 int. D. Walker had 5 receptions for 84yds and 1 TD.
TENNESSEE TITANS: 1-3
Read about the constant fall of the Titans in the Colts update.
JACKSONVILLE JAGUARS: 0-4
Read about the expected 33-14 loss to the San Diego Chargers in that update.
HOUSTON TEXANS: 3-1
Not only can the Texans win this year, J.J. Watts can dance, block a pass by EJ Manuel, tip it to himself and run 80yds for a TD then jump back in line and play defense. Watts is the first player in NFL history to have 35 or more sacks and a TD receiving and an interception return in his career. I'm just saying, he da man right now!! He did get flagged twice for roughing the passer though. Going into Week 5 last year, the Texan were 2-3. I guess they said none of that this year, they are 3-1 and holding on to the AFC South with authority. They rolled over the Bills, 23-17. Buffalo was leading this game up until the interception by Watts. That one play turned the whole game around and woke up the Texan fans. It put them ahead 14-10 but it took 3 second half FGs to seal the deal. Ain't nobody every said that FGs don't count and the Texans proved that today. R. Fitzpatrick threw for 268yds, 1 TD & 2 ints. and to make it clear that he was not playing with the Bills, he had 5 carries for 14yds. A. Johnson had 6 receptions for 71yds & 1 fumble. E.J. Manuel threw for 225yds, 2 TDs & 2 ints. C. Spiller had 15 carries for 60yds. M. Williams gave it a winning effort with 2 receptions for 84yds & 1 TD.
DENVER BRONCOS: 2-1
DID NOT PLAY.
KANSAS CITY CHIEFS: 1-2
Read about their smack down of 41-14 over the New England Patriots in the MNF update.
SAN DIEGO CHARGERS: 3-1
Well, as expected, it was the Chargers turn to beat up on the Jaguars. They charged and ran over the Jaguars, 33-14. I mean really guys, what is there for me to really write about? We knew this was coming and so did the Jaguars. To be fair to the Jaguars, they have a new QB, Blake Bortles who just walked into this mess and he's a rookie, talk about training day!!! He had Jacksonville in the lead early but they could not hold on. This is the 5th straight loss in double digits for the Jaguars, going back to last seasons finale. They have been outscored 152-58 THIS season. Man, I wonder how many Jaguars jersey's are still being worn in public? Rivers got up there and showed the rookie QB how it's done. Rivers was on top of his game for this one. He had 3 TDS, 377yds & no interceptions. This was his 35th time throwing for 300+ yds and his 24th straight game throwing a TD. Rivers runs deep and thus the Chargers are 3-1. K. Allen had 10 receptions for 135yds. B. Bortles threw for 254yds, 1 TD & 2 ints., the little engine that could, or at least tried. T. Gerhart had 10 carries for 32yds, 1 TD & 1 fumble. C. Harbor had 8 receptions for 70 yds.
OAKLAND RAIDERS: 0-4
Read about the not so surprising lashing from the Dolphins, 38-14 in the Dolphins update.
* Continuing my feature presentation on the 25 most moronic players in NFL history. I give you moron's # 10-6. Again, this stuff is true*
# 10 - Adam Jones
Where do we begin with Adam Jones: Jones was on probation when he was drafted, then after the draft he was arrested for assault and felony vandalism. He was arrested again in 2006 after an incident at his house and then again during training camp that year for disorderly conduct and resisting arrest. His biggest mistake came during the 2007 NBA All-Star Game weekend where he was involved in a skirmish at a gentleman's club that led to 3 people being shot. While Jones was not the shooter, witnesses claimed the shooter was part of Jones entourage. My thoughts: What entourage is that, the one full of IDIOTS!!!
# 9 - Ben Rothlisberger
Big Ben should only be known for his two Super Bowls with the Pittsburgh Steelers. Unfortunately, Big Ben is more known for being accused twice of sexually assaulting women. The first incident happened in 2009 when a woman tried to get pregnant with a "little Roethlisberger:. That failed, so she tried to make some money by accusing him of sexual assault. A year later, Roethlisberger was investigated for sexual assault of a woman inside a nightclub bathroom.
# 8 - Richie Incognito
It's been well documented that Richie Incognito has some anger issues and they haven't subsided. He was a force on the field, but his anger issues got the best of him as he drew penalties left and right. Incognitos true moronic side showed itself this season after a disturbing incident came to light. Fellow teammate Jonathan Martin claimed Incognito sent him threatening and racially charged texts and voice mails.
# 7 - Plaxico Burress
Plaxico Burress was another NFL player who kept his nose clean for the most part. Sure he had the occasional driving violation or civil lawsuite, but nothing too moronic. That all changed on November 28, 2008, nine months after catching the game winning TD in Super Bowl XLll, when Burress like a moron, shot himself in the thigh in a New York City nightclub. The worst part is that the incident landed him in jail. My thoughts: He should be on the idiot list. I'm just saying.
# 6 - Titus Young
Titus Young easily made the moron list for being arrested 3 times in 5 days. But his moronic decisions started before that. In 2011, Young sucker punched Detroit Lions teammate Louis Delmas, then in a game during the 2012 season he deliberately lined up in the wrong position, twice. Young was arrested for suspected DUI on May 5, 2013. 14 hours later he was arrested again for trying to steal his car from the impound lot. Then, on May 10, he was arrested and charged with suspicion of burglary, resisting arrest, and assaulting an officer. My thoughts: lock him up already and call it a day!
Granted, fans of the Evil Dead films starring our favorite B-list star, Bruce Campbell, will certainly enjoy this stage version more than most, having already consumed a taste for the unconventional humor that made the trilogy such a big cult following success. Still, though maybe not for everyone, Evil Dead the Musical, is a raucous night of deadpan deliveries, inappropriate slapstick, splattering bodily fluids, sexual innuendos, campy stereotypes and jokes so bad you can help but laugh. All the elements of a winning production.
When over-the-top S-Mart store manager Ash takes to the woods to stay in an unoccupied cabin with a couple friends and his annoying sister, we get an immediate sense that this story will not end well. As, expected, all hell breaks loose once the foursome realize spirits of the dead inhabit the cabin and surrounding woods – and they’re not happy. Ash stumbles upon The Book of the Dead, or Necronomicon, and frantically searches its flesh made pages for some answers. One hilariously spirit enters after another to claim their lives and Ash has no choice but to resort to superhero mode in order to prevent a full on bloody massacre. If you are familiar with the Evil Dead film franchise, there is no more need for story description. If you are not, the plot is pretty simple – defeat evil or die.
Though some moments are overly laden with campiness to the point of plain silliness, the brunt of the show’s humor is right on. Many of the props, including a three foot high bridge that seems to be the only way in and out of the woods, are very comical in their own right. Each character contributes their share of funny moments and then some, especially Creg Sclavi who is exceptional as “Scott”. David Sajewich takes on the tough assignment of “Ash”, but takes the role and runs with it to the point one forgets to keep comparing him to Bruce Campbell.
The show is filled with corny songs like “Look Who’s Evil Now” as one character becomes possessed after another but really hits its stride with its cheesy special effects and one-liners. From graphic limb dismemberment to the splattering blood that makes its way across the theatre’s first few rows (yes, the “splatter zone”), there is more than enough in this show to entertain and deliver one hell of a funny adventure.
Evil Dead the Musical is playing at the Chicago Playhouse through just October 12th, so be sure to fit this one in on your calendar. For tickets and/or more info visit www. http://broadwayinchicago.com/ or www. http://www.evildeadthemusical.com/.
"Stories in Motion” is a beautifully selected trio of individual story ballets performed at the Auditorium Theatre on Congress.The first "Prodigal Son" with choreography by George Balanchine tells the well-known biblical tale of the rebellious and curious son who leaves his home only to be beaten down by life and love in the city. Although Balanchine is one of my very favorite choreographers I found the movements in this piece to be somewhat slapstick and jarring. However, Christine Rocas as the Siren who lures The Son, Alberto Valazquez was a petite delight, moving sinuously and majestically through the piece. And the final moment when the Prodigal son returns broken and crawling to his father masterfully played by Ashley Wheater, and crawls/climbs up his father’s legs and into his arms to be carried offstage is a satisfying heart wrenching finale.
“Lilac Garden" is completely and refreshingly different and is set in the Edwardian period where two lovers are forced to have their last dance before retiring into the loveless marriages arranged for them by society. The characters, simply called Caroline, Her Lover and The Man She Must Marry are all subtly, beautifully and delicately danced by Victoria Jaiani, Dylan Guitierrez and Miguel Blanco.
Raku, which means “pleasure” in Japanese, is the stunner of the evening. Based on the tragic tale of a Princess who is stalked by an evil Monk who rapes her, kills her lover and sets fire to the temple she lives in, is a devastating ballet full of acrobatics and sword play that really moves the audience with well-played melodrama.
Victoria Jaiani as the Princess has a real tour de force performance here and does something I have never seen before in a classical ballet program. After the horrifying rape scene, after her servants/ guards have been beaten and dispersed and her temple is burning to the ground, the Japanese Princess takes down her long flowing hair.
The Princess has had everything taken from her, her lover, her guards, her virginity, and her home are all destroyed by the evil Monk. Finally, Jaiani’s tightly wrapped bun of hair is pulled out to reveal her waist length, shining black hair.
As Jaiani crawled, shaking with rage and despair across the stage, half on pointe and half on her knees, she pulled her long, beautiful black hair out and away from her face with her hands like a lions mane and scooped up the ashes of her burning temple to pour them over her head and face in a final dramatic gesture of complete destruction and loss of sanity.
I highly recommend seeing an ever dynamic and always richly staged Joffrey Ballet production. Swan Lake begins October 15th.
*photo - Lilac Garden: #362 (Victoria Jaiani)
Academy Award®-nominated writer-director Richard LaGravenese (“The Fisher King”) will introduce his latest film, “The Last 5 Years” as the Centerpiece for the 50th Chicago International Film Festival (October 9 – 23). Starring Academy Award® nominee Anna Kendrick and Tony Award nominee Jeremy Jordan, “The Last 5 Years” will screen Wednesday, October 15, at the AMC River East 21 (322 E. Illinois St.) at 6 p.m.
“The Last 5 Years,” a rousing adaptation of the beloved Off-Broadway hit that originated at Chicago’s Northlight Theatre in 2001, chronicles the tumultuous five-year relationship between struggling actress Cathy (Anna Kendrick) and rising novelist Jamie (Jeremy Jordan). Told exclusively through song, their story comes to the screen via striking solos and heartrending harmony in this uplifting romance for today’s young artists and lovers of musical cinema.
“I love musicals, and ‘The Last 5 Years’ is a charming film adaptation of a timeless stage romance," said Founder and Artistic Director of the Chicago International Film Festival Michael Kutza. “The film takes the familiar formula of the romantic musical and makes it fresh with a by turns bright and heartrending score. LaGravenese has produced a piece that stands out for its powerful, yet subtle, rawness and vulnerability.”
About Richard LaGravenese
Richard LaGravenese’s credits include the screenplay for the HBO Emmy Award®-winning “Behind the Candelabra,” directed by Steven Soderbergh (Emmy Nomination for Best Writing in Television Movie/Mini Series, BAFTA nomination Best Screenplay). He previously earned Academy Award®, BAFTA and WGA award nominations for his original screenplay “The Fisher King”. His other screen writing credits include “Water for Elephants,” “The Bridges of Madison County,” “A Little Princess,” “The Horse Whisperer,” “The Ref,” “The Mirror Has Two Faces,” “Beloved” and “Unstrung Heroes.” LaGravenese wrote and directed the films “Living Out Loud,” “P.S. I Love You,” “Paris Je T’aime,” and “Beautiful Creatures,” as well as “Freedom Writers,” (Humanitas Prize for Best Screenplay). He co-produced and co-directed (with the late Ted Demme) the Emmy®-nominated documentary “A Decade Under the Influence" (National Board of Review's William Everson Film History Award).
Centerpiece Ticket Information
Tickets for the Centerpiece film are $16 for Cinema/Chicago members and $20 for non-members and can be purchased by calling the Festival Hotline at 312-332-FILM (3456); or at the Festival Store:
Festival Passes, Ticketing and Theater Information
Festival Passes and Tickets are on sale now.
Pass options include:
Moviegoer (10 regular admissions): $100 for Cinema/Chicago members, $130 for non-members
Passport (20 regular admissions): $190 for Cinema/Chicago members, $240 for non-members
Individual ticket prices:
Regular films: $11/members, students*, and seniors*; $14/non-members (*with valid ID)
Weekday matinees (films only): $7 tickets, Monday-Friday through 5:00pm
10 after 10: $10 tickets, every day after 10:00pm
Special Presentations: $16/members, $20/non-members
Tickets and passes can be purchased online at , by calling 312-332-FILM (3456), or in person at the Festival Box Office at AMC River East 21 (until October 9: 7 days a week, noon – 8:00pm; October 10-23: tickets will be on sale one hour before the start of the first show until the start of the last show).
Festival screenings will be held at the AMC River East 21 Theater (322 E. Illinois St.).
For the full schedule and ticketing information, visit .
In the ATL win over TB. It's considered "running up the score" when a game is already out of reach and the other team keeps scoring. It's considered poor sportsmanship in the U.S. and Canada. Nobody told Atlanta that, lol.
Also, ESPN said that after week 3, the teams that have a 2-1 record have a 75% chance of making it to the playoffs. The teams that have a 1-2 record only have a 25% chance of making the playoffs. Hey, I'm just reporting the news people.
I SWEAR, if DA BEARS make it to the Super Bowl, I am dying my hair Orange & Blue for the occasion.
ATLANTA FALCONS VS. TAMPA BAY BUCCANEERS
OMG is the first thing that comes to mind. It was just plain ugly. I did expect the Falcons to beat the Bucs but to the the tune of 56-14. So, I did get a chance to watch this devastation of a team by another. The look on Lovies face said it all. We had players sitting on the bench, heads down, some wiping their eyes, it was just sad to see. You can't stop the game because this is the NFL but I really do believe we ought to get the rule that the pee wee leagues have. Just stop the game before total annihilation!!! It was not enjoyable to watch at all. TB should have known the party was over with the 35-0 score at half time. If that wasn't a sign, surely the 56-0 at the end of the 3rd Qtr had to be. It looked like ATL just stopped trying to score, I don't even think their hearts were in it at that point. Tampa Bay finally mustered up 14pts in the 4th Qtr but by that time, it didn't matter, I guess that was just to say they didn't get shut out. The thing that happened that actually overshadowed the score was Devin Hester's 62 yard return for his 20th, return for a TD, breaking Neon Deion Sanders record. He even was given a penalty for high kicking it in, Deion style. Which was just a way of saying, "you wrong for that, 35-0 & you high kicking it into the end zone." He meant no harm, he was giving Deion his props. I would have loved for him to have still been a BEAR when he broke this record. It wasn't the Bucs worse beat down. That was on Nov., 17, 1985 when they were cut down to size 62-28 courtesy of the N.Y. Jets. I am sure the Falcons are going to need some of the 56 points they scored the other night, later into the season. I am curious to see what they do next. Well, other than that, nothing more to say about this game. I'm still trying to get the game replays out of my head, just to painful to even watch and it isn't even my team. M. Ryan threw for 286yds & 3 TDs. S. Jackson had 14 carries for 54yds & 1 TD. J. Jones had 9 receptions for 161yds & 2 TD's. As you know, Hester did his thing and broke the record for TD returns. That's not going to happen again for a long time. GOOD FOR YOU HESTER!!! M. Glennon threw for 121yds & 1 TD. B. Rainey had 11 carries for 41yds & 2 TDs. Dang, TB had a total of 11 penalties, costing them 110 yards and 5 turnovers. Just a sad day for them. I am sure a bunch of TB players were trying to get hurt, trying to get out of this game. SMH.
CHICAGO BEARS VS. NEW YORK JETS
How sweet it is to be loved by you, it's look sugar sometimes, how sweet it is to be loved by you.....oh sorry, I was serenading my BEARS on their 27-19 win over the N.Y. Jets. Chris and I both said we would win, 27-20, but I'm cool with the 27-19.
Now, I have to say a few things. First, what was with all of the dumb penalties, I mean I know we had a lot of newbies out there, but come on man, this is football 101. They were doing some dumb stuff out there the lords of football let us keep this one. We had some key plays, catches, etc., but I would be lying if I said I wasn't chewing on the little bit of nails I have left. My one thought was, please don't bring Michael Vick into the game, he is much more experienced than Geno and would have given us an even more difficult time in winning this one. So to the staff of the Jets, I thank you. Now, not taking nothing away from Bennett, he has come through big time in the last 2 games, but being in the locker room complaining about what other teams or commentators say about you is just stupid. "I wish they would stop saying, oh yeah, that guy is a big guy, I catch as well as any other player out there." OK, stop the presses. Bennett, I give you your props, you have made KEY, MAJOR catches and had you not made them we would have lost. But really, I am sorry, you are no Brandon Marshall or Alshon Jeffrey. You are having a great start to your season and take it at that, enjoy it and keep on doing what you doing. It's your job to catch the ball if it's thrown to you. Would you have anything to say if you were missing them? Right at this moment, Kyle Fuller is the man. He is setting his stat sheet on fire, matter of fact, I saw it burst into flames in Ray Lewis hands when they were talking to him on the post game show. He has been crucial AGAIN in our on the road win. THANK YOU KYLE. Brandon is a trooper, he is the guy that if you cut off one leg, he will say, come on coach, I can get this, he NEVER quits until his body parts won't let him perform. Cutler, I think he looked good out there last night, so I don't have any complaints. I know he threw some catches where he had to be throwing to Kareem or Wilt, bring it done some man. The Jets defense, man, they were a tough bunch to get by, they stopped Forte like he was trying to break out of prison. Their coverage on Marshal especially was tight! Hell, I thought Marshall had 6 arms & 6 legs through most of the game. That was not it, it was just all of the coverage on him. They shut him down. I think he ended up with 6yds, that along has to be an NFL record for him on least amount of yards in a game. Alshon, anytime you can dunk on the Willis Tower, there is pretty much nothing anyone can do about it. As soon as he shakes the rust off, it's game time baby!! The Jets had me worried, I was more afraid of losing this one to them, than I was about the 49'ers. Once they took Kap out of his mental game, he couldn't perform physically. The Jets had 21 1st downs to our 17, 72 total plays to our 63, 414 total yards to our 257, 300 passing yds to our 197, 114 rushing yds to our 60 and they only had 6 penalties to our 9 which cost us 95yds & them 78yds. They beat us hands down on paper, but paper don't win games, people win games. Corny I know, it just popped in my head, lol. Nuff said about this game, I mean it ain't the BEARS Blog, it's the NFL blog, at least that's my story and I'm sticking to it. J. Cutler threw for 225yds & 2 TDs. A. Jeffery had 8 receptions for 105yds. Ryan Mundy got in on the party with a 45yd interception return. G. Smith threw for 316yds, almost 1oo more that Cutler, but it was futile. He had 1 TD and 2 ints. J. Kerley had 7 receptions for 81yds & 1 TD. The funniest part of the game you ask? When Lance Briggs had to introduce himself to several players coming off the bench. He didn't know who they were. Our bench is running thin mannnn. One of the writer's for the Sun-Times said that the way the Bears are playing now, they are starting to look like Lovie's Bears. I read an article this morning on ESPN asking, is it time to bench Geno? I'm sure Vick wants to know. But hold up, this morning, Eagles said Geno is there man, it's his team.
CHICAGO BEARS: 2-1
The BEARS went to 2-1 when we beat the N.Y. Jets on MNF, 27-20. Read all about it in the MNF update, directly above folks. We are now tied with Detroit, moving on up to the East side.
GREEN BAY PACKERS: 1-2
Man, is it too early to say that the Packers are having a bad season? I mean it's only week 3, they could come back, right? I sure hope not. One headline I liked in particular, Packers gets feasted on by Lions. Lions look confident taking this one, 19-7. That pretty much summed it up. I watched most of this game, had yard work to do, so I caught the first half and bits and pieces of the 2nd half. I am throwing up as I say this, Detroit played a better game. Rodgers just didn't get it done. Not to mention he was sacked twice. Rodgers said, "They've got a good defense, you've got to give them credit." How civil, they were probably cursing up a storm in the locker room. lol. It's not like the Lions didn't give them ample opportunity. Lacy didn't show up again, at least in my opinion, they were stopping him at ever point of go. The lions even had 3 turnovers and 6 penalties for 40yd and GB didn't capitalize on any of it. Matt said, "Our defense did an outstanding job of getting off the field all day. Against that group that they were going up against, that was pretty awesome." So ends another battle in the NFC North with Detroit being the leader of the group up until MNF and my BEARS tied it up with them. Come on guys, there is room for two at the top.....M. Stafford threw for 246yds and 2 ints. R. Bush had 12 carries for 61yds & 1 TD. C. Johnson had 6 receptions for 82yds. A. Rodgers threw for 162yds & 1 TD. J. Nelson had 5 receptions for 59yds. Packers LB Clay Matthews left with a groin injury. GB had won 15 of 17 meetings with Detroit & were 9-1 with Rodgers playing, that's up until yesterday. Guess the Lions got tired of that story.
Also, I'm hearing in the Packers camp that Peppers presence on the field is felt but Eddie Lacy needs to step up. Leave Lacy alone until AFTER Sunday's game, lol.
DETROIT LIONS: 2-1
Read about the cheese that the Lions had for dinner in the update for Green Bay. Oh yeah, the dummy of the game goes to Detroit Lions Middle Linebacker Stephen Tulloch who apparently thought he would try the "discount double check" after sacking Rodgers. Well, big boys can't drop it like it's hot, all that weight on your knees, he went down like a brick thrown into the water, fast!!. You guessed it, he has to have surgery for a anterior cruciate ligament. In layman's terms, he tore some stuff. So much for the celebration.
MINNESOTA VIKINGS: 1-2
Yep, you guessed it, Minnesota lost again. Read about their 20-9 loss in the Saints update.
PHILADELPHIA EAGLES: 3-0
Foles was viciously blindsided by Redskins DL Chris Baker at the end of a play. This caused Jason Peters to go after Baker. A bunch of Eagles rushed the Washington sideline and Baker and Peters were ejected after it was all over. After all of the feathers were done flying around, the Eagles came out soaring high above Washington. Baker, big ole butt said, "I didn't do anything, next thing I know I'm getting hit on the side of the head." Well Peters thought differently and let him have it. Rookie Jordan Matthews, the receiver who replaced DeSean Jackson in Philly, caught 2 TD passes and the Birds went on to claim the the NFC East at 3-0. That's coldddd, getting beat by your last team by the receiver that actually replaced you. And word around the Eagles crew, Sproles is the gift that keeps on giving, lol, I like that one. The Eagles are the first team in NFL history to win each of their first 3 games after trailing by at least 10pts in each game. The last time the Eagles were 3-0 was in 2004, they went to the SB that year. They lost to the Patriots. N. foles threw for 325yds & 3 TDs. J. Maclin had 8 receptions for 154yds & 1 TD. K. Cousins threw for 427yds, 3 TDs & 1 int. That's a lot of yards. P. Garcon had 11 receptions for 138yds & 1 TD. A. Morris had 23 carries for 77yds.
DALLAS COWBOYS: 2-1
It's like I always say, it don't matter how much you win the game by, it's the win that counts. The Cowboys saddled and whipped the St. Louis Rams, 34-31. I bet that's one of the best looking 3pts the Cowboys have ever seen. Terrence William scored the go-ahead TD late in the 4th Qtr and Bruce Carter returned an interception for a TD on the next snap. The Cowboys made a BIG TEXAS style comeback after being down, 21-0 and ripped the game right from under the Rams. Nope, didn't see this one either but I know one little cow poke that is pretty happy, he lovesssss the Cowboys. You got this one Lofton! Say whattttt, I finally see Dez name on the stats on the Sports Center app. You have to contribute in the game to get your props from them. T. Romo threw for 217yds, 2 TDs and 1 int. D. Murray had 24 carries for 100yds, 1 TD & 1 fumble. D. Bryant had 6 receptions for 89yds & 1 TD. A. DAvis had 327yds, 3 TDs & 2 ints. Z. Stacy had 12 carries for 67yds & J. Cook had 7 receptions for 75yds.
NEW YORK GIANTS: 1-2
Guess who finally got a win, the Giants. Read how the slayed the Texans 30-17.
I guess Eli don't have to go to counseling this week, he may be able to pull through and lift his head up before it's all over. They needed this win really bad. I am sure that the Texans, thought they had this, they are 2-1 right now, leading the AFC South.
I remember reading an article after Week 1 saying that Eli had not gotten use to the new play calls by the new OC, Ben McAdoo. Seems Eli knows them now. McAdoo called the same exact play, 3 times straight which netted 10, 13 & 4yds. The Giants already had shut the Texans down with a 14-0 lead going into halftime. That series of plays set the Giants up for a 39yd FG and the lead exploded 17-0. It worked out well considering that it was not something they practiced all spring and summer, it was a play they added specifically to the game plan for the Texans. The Giants learned a little something about the way the new OC operates. If it's working, he's going to call it until the opposition proves they can stop it. E. Manning threw for 234yds & 2 TDs. R. Jennings had 34 carries for 176yds & 1 TD. Bringing up the end was V. Cruz with 5 receptions for 107yds & 1 TD. R. Fitzpatrick threw for 289yds, 1 TD and dang, 3 ints. A. Blue had 13 carries for 78yds in this losing effort. D. Hopkins had 6 receptions for 116yds.
WASHINGTON REDSKINS: 1-2
Pushing & shoving, late hits and a brawl. No this is not WWE this was the game the Washington Redskins and the Philadelphia Eagles played. The Eagles came out on top 37-34, I think the won the brawl as well. Check it out in the Eagles update. .
NEW ORLEANS SAINTS: 1-2
Brees and the Saints celebrated their home opener with a 20-9 victory while the Vikings were left still looking for a running game in the absence of A. Peterson andddddd a rookie QB to boot. They loss Matt Cassel with a foot injury early in the 2nd Qtr. I don't see this going any better for the Vikings at all. Brees didn't take to kindly to Captain Munnerly swinging him into the turf and safety Robert Blanton piled on. Drew got up ready to beat the crap out of them, instead, he beat them on the field and I am sure that hurts a lot more. Colston had 2 catches for 25yds, one week after he was held without a catch for the first time in 87 games. The score with Colston marked connect # 64. It moved Brees and Colston ahead of the HOF pair of Johnny Unitas and receiver Raymond Berry. The writers said that Brees looked comfortable early on, really, you playing the Vikings, you could have sat on a lawn chair and sipped a mint julep and still won. D. Brees threw for 293yds & 2 TDs. K. Robinson had 18 carries for 69yds & B. Cooks had 8 receptions for 74yds. T. Bridgewater, who by the way looked like a deer in headlights, threw for 150yds and was sacked twice if I recall correctly. G. Jennings had 5 receptions for 70yds.
CAROLINA PANTHERS: 2-1
I am sure with the way the Steelers been playing lately, the Panthers thought this would be another one in the win column. Big Ben had other plans. The Steelers won this one convincingly, 37-19. I just wanna know if Cam cried. LOL. Read about it in the Steelers update.
TAMPA BAY BUCCANEERS: 0-3
:o(( read about the embarrassing 56-14 loss to the Falcons in the TNF update. Grown men crying, players not wanting to go back on the field, just awful.
LANTA FALCONS: 2-1
Read about the 56-14 slaughter of the Tampa Bay Bucs in the TNF update. Also my guy Hester broke the NFL records. It's all there in the update.
SEATTLE SEAHAWKS: 2-1
The Seahawks again let the Denver Broncos know what time it is. Right now Wilson is saying, "Whose your daddy." The Broncos dropped this one 26-20 but not without a fight, this time they played a good game. No, this was not the SB rematch. Think about it, if it was, would Denver now get the ring and the trophy? NO! This is just what it was, their first game against each other after the beating Seattle bestowed upon them in the Super Bowl. I wish the announcers would make up their minds on Seattle though. When they lose it goes like this, "This is a young team and they are still learning each other, etc., etc., etc." When they win, it's goes something like this, "These guys have so much experience on this team, they know what they are doing, they have been together for a few years and they are here to stay." Ok, so what is it, young and still learning or experienced and got it together, they can't be both, I'm just saying. When they lose, call it what it is, a loss, no excuses, take it like an "experienced" team. I couldn't believe one headline that read, "The Seahawks are suffering from their first lost this season." Suffering? Suffering is when you can't quite pull that zipper up on your favorite pair of jeans, that's something to cry about, not that I would know about that, lol. I do. The media, they make it so dramatic. I guess they have to sale papers. No one person stood out in particular to me except, I guess Russell Wilson. Neither Sherman or Lynch exploded. Lynch did have 1 TD to his credit. The game did end in OT. The whole Denver team played a good game and did not look as if they had never seen a FB in their life. I still can't get over the terrible SB. I tell you this, if these two make it back to the SB, my money is on the Broncos. R. Wilson threw for 258yds, 2 TDs & 1 int. M. Lynch had 26 carries for 88yds & 1 TD. D. Baldwin had 4 receptions for 56yds. P. Manning threw for 303yds, 2 TDs & 1 int. M. Ball had 14 carries for 38yds & 1 fumble. E. Sanders had 11 receptions for 149yds.
SAN FRANCISCO 49'ERS: 1-2
I need a doctor, call me a doctor, doctor, doctor. Seem like different teams are taking turns on breaking records on the 49'ers. The Bears did it, with the win last Monday. Then the Arizona Cardinals did it. They beat San Francisco 23-14 and snapped a 4-game losing streak to the 49'ers. I wonder if Kap had any colorful words for us after this game. Drew Stanton, who is starting for the injured Carson Palmer for the second week straight, threw a pair of 3rd Qtr TD passes to Rookie John Brown & Arizona rallied to beat SF making them one of the few teams with an 3-0 start this season. Tom Kelly blocked a FG for the Cardinals, who outscored SF, 17-0 in the 2nd half. The 49'ers mounted two 80yd TD drives the first two times they had the ball, but didn't score again. They blew a halftime lead for the second week in a row. This season, SF has outscored opponents 59-16 in the first half, but they have been outscored 52-3 in the second half. WOW, that's nuts. This lost put them at the bottom of the NFC West, I bet that's a shock for them. D. Stanton threw for 244yds & 2 TDs. He has yet to be intercepted. A. Ellington had 18 carries 62yds. M. Floyd had 5 receptions for 114yds. C. Kapernick threw for 245yds & 1 TD. C. Kapernick had 13 carries for 54yds. S. Johnson had 9 receptions for 103yds.
ARIZONA CARDINALS: 3-0
Read about their win over the wounded 49'ers in that update anddddd, they are king of the hill in the NFC West.
ST. LOUIS RAMS: 1-2
The Rams got saddled and rode into the ground when they met up with the Dallas Cowboys. Though the score was only 34-31 it was a big win for the Cowboys. Read about it in Dallas update.
CINCINNATI BENGALS: 3-0
If I was a betting girl, I would have lost this bet. After 3 weeks, I didn't see the Bengals leading the AFC North with a 3-0 start. They beat, wait, smashed the Tennessee Titans 33-7 and heading into their bye week. From what I read, the forces were with the Bengals, "Andy, I am your father." Sorry had to throw that Darth Vadar line in. Not only did they win, Andy Dalton caught a TD pass, the first Bengals QB to pull that feat off. Dalton became the first NFL QB to score on a catch since K.C.'s Tyler Thigpen in 2008. The Bengals are off to their best start in 8 years. The led this game 19-0 by halftime. The Titans missed 2 FGs, they had one instance where the snapped the ball before Locker was ready. Just a series of mishaps in this one. They repeatedly negate drives with penalties. They did everything wrong after the news they received about the former kicker. Maybe the Titans will make a better showing next week. A. Dalton threw for 169yds & 1 18yd catch for a TD of his own. G. Bernard had 14 carries for 47yds & 2 TD's. A. Green had 6 receptions for 102yds total. J. Locker threw for 185yds & 2 ints. B. Sankey had 10 carries for 61yds. D. Walker finished the losing day with 4 receptions for 54yds.
BALTIMORE RAVENS: 2-1
The Ravens was determined not to finish Week 3, 1-2, they gave that honor to the the Cleveland Browns with a 23-21 win. It was one of those games that came down to the last seconds and a 32yd FG by Justin Tucker to close the deal. Justin was trying to win the spot from Cundiff. The Browns said that Cundiff missed 2 crucial 50yd FGs this season, he had the distance but has not been consistent with 50yd or more for a few years. He's with Cleveland now. With no Ray Rice or Bernard Piecre, rookie running back Lorenzo Taliaferro got a chance to peddle his wares. He ran 18 times for 91yds & a TD in his 1st regular season game. Coach Harbaugh said, "Lorenzo was physical, he was hard to tackle, the results speak for themselves." I don't think Lo is going to give the coaching staff a chance to wonder if he can hold down that spot. Harbaugh is giving no hints either. People are saying that the Browns are going to wake up Monday and wonder how this game got away from them. The Ravens made several big mistakes, dropping passes, an interception and failed to convert a 4th and inches at the Cleveland 20. Still, what all those mishaps, the Browns could not turn any of those things into a positive and they were leading this game 21-17 going into the 4th. They pretty much beat themselves. So now they are sitting at the bottom of the AFC North. J. Flacco threw for 217yds, 1 TD and 1 int. L. Taliaferro had 18 carries for 91yds and 1 TD. He is playing to keep this spot, even if Pierce comes back next week. S. Smith had 5 receptions for 101yds. B. Hoyer threw for 290yds & 1 TD. I. Crowell had 11 carries for 55yds & 1 TD. A. Hawkins had 7 receptions for 87yds. One more lost and according to the stats, Cleveland, along with a few other teams are pretty much done for the season. I'm just saying.
PITTSBURGH STEELERS: 2-1
Guess whose back, back again, Shady's back, tell a friend. Looks like Big Ben and the Steelers are coming to life. They put the smack down on Cam and the Panthers, 37-19. I for one thought that the Panthers would take this one. But I guess Ben is done with his pity party and playing ball. This was a tight game going into half time, the score was 9-3, Steelers. But, as the Steelers of old would do, they ran up 28 more points and held the Panthers to only 16 more pts. Two of the fumbles they lost turned into scores for the Steelers. The Steelers ended up the day with 3 Sacks. The coach for the Panthers, Ron Rivera, took Cam out of the game late in the 4th Qtr. He said "I just don't want to see him get hit anymore." Along with the sacks, there were 12 hits on Cam. They ate him up! He was hurting, I could see that and it might explain the dazed look he had on his face in his interview at the podium after the game. The Panthers lost fumbles that led to scores, where they had zero in the first 2 games. Big Ben put a bow on the day with 196yds & 2 TDs. L. Bell had 21 carries for 147yds. A. Brown had 10 receptions for 90yds & 2 TDs. C. Newton threw for 250yds & 1 TD. K. Benjamin had 8 receptions for 115yds & 1 TD.
CLEVELAND BROWNS: 1-2
Read about the Browns 23-21 loss to the Ravens in that update.
NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS: 2-1
Didn't get a chance to see this one. Judging from the score, the Patriots barely made it pass the Oakland Raiders with a 16-9 win. The papers said that the Patriots sluggish offense beats the Raiders. So, what I'm getting is this, the Patriots played bad but the Raiders played worse. Looks like the Raiders is staying in the favorite spot, dead LAST in the AFC West. Brady threw for 234yds & 1 TD. S. Ridley had 19 carries for 54yds. J. Edelman had 10 receptions for 84yds. D. Carr threw for 174yds & 1 int. D. McFadden had 18 carries for 59yds. No other Raider contributed anything worth while.
MIAMI DOLPHINS: 1-2
Read about their 34-15 lost to the Kansas City chiefs in that update.
NEW YORK JETS: 1-2
Read about their 27-19 loss to DA BEARS on the MNF update.
BUFFALO BILLS: 2-1
They were charged and beat by the San Diego Chargers, 22-10. Read the details in the Chargers update.
INDIANAPOLIS COLTS: 1-2
Now, maybe I'm tripping. I'm seeing all kinds of headlines after the Colts whipped the Jaguars 44-17. One is "License to drive, time to hand Luck the keys." Who the heck they think been driving this team to their shabby 1-2 start going into Week 4? UnLuck has. My personal favorite, "Andrew uses full arsenal in air raid." You beat the Jaguars, and so has everybody else that has come up against them this year. So now you believe this is the beginning of a beautiful love story. Luck still has a long way to go, as Tony Romo said, "0-2 is a deep whole to get out of." Here you are at 1-2, same difference. They had a 30-3 lead at the end of the 3rd Qtr, which, as you all know, they are good for dropping the big leads in the 4th Qtr, so that along is a surprise that the Colts held on. Luck had 4 TDs, nobody ever said he couldn't throw, he's not a closer. It's as simple as this, everyone expected the Colts to win and the Jaguars to lose. End of story. Beat up on Denver, Seattle or Arizona, then maybe, Luck can have the keys. It was Jacksonville's 4th consecutive double digit loss & the 21st in the teams last 35 games. I'm just saying, at this point, Florida State University can beat the Jaguars. The Jaguars benched Chad Henne at halftime and gave Rookie Blake Bortles a chance. Henne said, "I hope he plays really well, I'm really pulling for him and I'm going to be his biggest cheerleader on the sideline." Ok Henne, don't cheer yourself out of a starting job. After reading the article, Bortles did play well. Henne left the game with 33yds & was sacked 3 times. I really want to see who starts in their next game. I'm fair, I write good stuff to. Luck is the frist Colts QB since Johnny Unitas in 1967 to complete at least 75% of his passses for 350 yeards, with 4 TDS and no INTs in a game. The jaguars have been outscored 119-27 since leading Philly 17-0 at halftime in the season openers. That can't be good for moral. A. Luck threw for 370yds & 4 TDs, that is impressive. A. Bradshaw had 9 carries for 65yds and T. Hilton got a piece of the cake with 5 receptions for 80yds. A. Bortles had 233yds, 2 TDs & 2 ints. Bortles was the 3rd overall pick in May's NFL draft. A. Robinson had 7 receptions for 79yds.
TENNESSEE TITANS: 1-2
On a sad note, a few hours before kick off, the Titans learned that the former kicker of the Titans, Rob Bironas had died overnight in a car crash in Nashville. He'd been released in March after his 9th season with the team. Sending out condolences to his family. Read about the crushing 33-7 loss to the Bengals in that update.
JACKSONVILLE JAGUARS: 0-3
Read about the 44-17 beat down from the Indianapolis Colts in that update. The Jaguars seems to like that last place spot. They have been holding down for the last 2 years in the AFC South. Maybe longer, but I would have to look that up.
HOUSTON TEXANS: 2-1
Read about their lost to the N.Y. Giants, 30-17 in that update.
DENVER BRONCOS: 2-1
Oops, they did it again, let the Seahawks win. But, at least it was NOT an humiliation of the Broncos. Read about the 26-20, respectable loss in the Seahawks update. Yes some wins are respectable and then you have the Falcons and the Bucs, that's all I'm saying.
KANSAS CITY CHIEFS: 1-2
They aren't kicking up any sand at all this year. They are off to a 1-2 start going into week 4. They beat the Miami Dolphins 34-15 which ain't saying much either. There numbers were neck and neck with the Dolphins, nobody had any big advantages. The Chiefs even had 2 turnovers and still won this one. Alex Smith was sacked in the end zone which led to a safety and again, they won. The one thing I read in at least 2 articles is that Tannehill remains inconsistent. Do they have a back up QB they can send in, it couldn't hurt them at this point. Well, I got my team to worry about, I can't be giving no advice to nobody else, lol. A. Smith threw for 186yds & 3 TDs, not bad for a days work. K. Davis had 32 carries for 132yds, 1 TD & 1 fumble. J. McKnight had 6 receptions for 64yds & 2 TDs. R. Tannehill threw for 205yds & 1 TD. L. Miller had 15 carries for 108yds. M. Wallace had 5 receptions for 74yds.
SAN DIEGO CHARGERS: 2-1
Phillip Rivers leads the Chargers to a 22-10 win over the Buffalo Bills. Whether they are 6-4" or 5-10", Rivers has his choice of receivers that he can count on. Last week it was A. Gates, this week it was Eddie Royal. They fill like the have the weapons on the Chargers to be a contender. They are 2-1, tied with Denver. This is their 3rd time in 4 years with a 2-1 start. They built on the momentum they had following the 30-21 home win over the Seahawks. QB E.J. Manuel had difficulty finding chemistry with his receivers. Coach Dough Marrone said that they were not in sync. Manuel also gave up a safety after being penalized for intentional grounding in the end zone with 3:23 remaining. The Chargers had 3 sacks on the Bills. Sounds like it would have been a good game to watch. P. Rivers threw for 256yds & 2 TDs. D. Brown had 31 carries for 62yds & M. Floyd had 2 receptions for 98yds. E. Manuel threw for 238yds & 1 TD. F. Jackson had 6 carries for 34yds and 8 receptions for 78yds & 1 TD. He did double duty but it would not pay out in this game.
OAKLAND RAIDERS: 0-3
Read about their expected lost to the New England Patriots, 16-9, in that update. Despite the loss, the sports shows said that the Raiders showed real fight in this loss. So did the Decepticons against the Autobots and we ALL know how that ended.
*Almost at the end of the 25 most moronic players in NFL history. I give you morons #'s 15-11*
It's getting weird folks*
# 15 - Chad "Ochocinco" Johnson
Chad Johnson's moronic behavior began with his TD celebrations. Then he decided to change his last name to Ochocinco because he wore the number 85. Johnson was arrested in August 2012 after he headbutted his wife. Johnson received a year of probation, which he violated in May 2013. In June 2013, Johnson was sentenced to 30 days in jail. He reached a pleas deal to keep him out of jail, but the judge nullified that after Johnson slapped his attorney on the butt.
# 14 - Ausar Walcott
Never heard of Ausar Walcott? Well don't fret because I hadn't either until he made ESPN for being a moron. Walcott was involved in a fight that left the men he punched in critical condition. The man didn't die, but Walcott has been charged with attempted murder. Walcott is claiming self defense, but that won't keep him off the moron list. Hasn't anyone learned from Ben Roethlisberger? Just say no and walk away.
# 13 - Aqib Talib
Aqib Talib got a quick jump on being a moron in the NFL. During the 2008 NFL rookie symposium, Talib was involved in a fistfight with fellow rookie and Tampa Bay teammate Cory Boyd. Then in 2009, he beat up a taxi driver and was arrested once more in 2011 when he supposedly fired a gun at his sister's boyfriend. Talib is still playing in the NFL, somehow. He's no longer with the Patriots.
# 12 - Albert Haynesworth
Ah, good ol' Albert. He began his NFL career by kicking his own teammate during training camp in 2003. Haynesworth followed that up by stomping on the helmet-less head of Andre Gurode. After being selected to the Pro Bowl in 2007, Haynesworth went on to sign a 7yr, $100 million dollar contract with the Washington Redskins in 2009. He immediately had problem with the Redskins coaching staff, failed to show up for off season workouts and became known as one of the biggest free agency busts of all time.
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Suh quickly made a name for himself in the NFL based on his "dirty" style of play. He crossed the moronic line in 2011 when he pulled a "Haynesworth" and stomped on the arm of Green Bay Packer offensive lineman Evan Dietrich-Smith. Then in 2012, Suh was involved in yet another controversial incident. During the Turkey Day game against the Houston Texans, Suh intentionally or unintentionally kicked Matt Schaub in the groin.