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Tue, 24 Jul 2007 17:02:06 GMTNo descriptionFive Questions: Philadelphia Eagles Training Camp Preview
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<p><strong>It's that time of the year. With baseball into their second half, and NASCAR heading into their chase for the cup....FOOTBALL SEASON is almost here! I make it no secret that I am an Eagles fan, I mean have you even seen the main picture on my profile? If not look closely, I am a die hard.</strong></p><p><strong>But like everyone else, there are questions that has to be answered for many teams heading into this 2007-2008 season. I have five set of questions that I feel must be answered before the Eagles play at Lambeau Field the first weekend of the season. Answering these questions are criticial if the Eagles are go back to the Super Bowl. Here's what I must know heading into this season. </strong></p><ol><li><strong>Can Takeo Spikes still play at a Pro Bowl level again or did the Eagles get damgaged goods? Acquiring Spikes was easily the best pickup this offseason, a former Pro Bowler who is a beast between the takles. But Spikes is also still coming off an achilles tendon injury two years ago. He played real well for the Bills towards the last 10 games of the season as they made a run. The key is for him is to carry that over to a defense that needed an upgrade at the position. With Trotter slowing down to who starts on the weakside between Chris Cocong and Omar Gathier, Spikes has to deliver. If he plays at that Pro Bowl level. This defense got even better and shall I say nastier.</strong></li><li><strong>Is Tony Hunt finally the power running back that we have been dying for...well forever? I am not the only one Eagles fans, when I say it's about time that we got that North/South runner that fights for the short yardage when we really need it. Look at the Giants, they had Brandon Jacobs when they needed him to get that 3rd and 1 or 4th and inches to get them a first down. Who did we have? Correll Buckhalter! Tony Hunt is a traditional power running back that goes into the tackles and fights for extra yards. I saw him play at Penn State and he is the first or second all time leading rusher in Penn State history. He will have to earn reps with Buckhalter, Moats and Westbrook. If he can earn that, he can contribute in a big way this season. If not, we have to deal with Buckhalter for the short yardage situation. </strong></li><li><strong>Did Jevon Kearse put on any weight or what? There is no doubt that Jevon was playing at a pro bowl level during those first two games of last season. Three sacks in two games before he went down with another injury. His rehab went well ahead of schedule but did anyone see the guy when he help introduced those retro jerseys earlier in the year? The guy is a defense end, not a strong safety. He must live up to the contract this season because guys like Jaqua Thomas and Trent Cole contributed to the point where his position is up there for the taking. The same goes for Darren Howard, he played well in the beginning of the season but also wore down as the season went on. If Kearse stays healthy which is a big IF, the defense like I stated earlier will be easily one of the top 10 best defenses in the league. </strong></li><li><strong>Will the offense stay balanced or is Reid going back to passing 75% of the time? Brian Westbrook was robbed of a Pro Bowl spot last season because once the offense became balanced with McNabb out, he became a force. Reid must give up the offensive playcalling to good ol' Marty for this offense to flourish. Westbrook proved his worth as an every down back, as the Eagles made a push to the playoffs. Reid has to know by now that the more that the offense stays balanced, the more games McNabb will be able to play. It's as simple as that. With Kevin Curtis along side of Reggie Brown, Brian Westbrook and a HEALTHY Donovan McNabb the Eagles should go deep into the playoffs. </strong></li><li><strong>Donovan McNabb....enough said? Ladies and Gentleman, it's as simple as this: Donovan McNabb must stay HEALTHY. Only Donovan can keep Kevin Kobb off the field. As I stated earlier, the offense must stay balanced to protect McNabb from getting hurt. Think about it; when the Eagles got to the Super Bowl in 2004, McNabb played the entire season. Since then, you do the math. He hasn't played a full season since. McNabb must stay all season for the Eagles to make a SUPER BOWL run and not a playoff push. Would I worry about Kevin Kobb? No because he will not be the starter of this team until the 2010-2011 season if you ask me. Reid is determined to win the Super Bowl with number 5 as his quarterback. I'm a full supporter of McNabb, through the ups and downs. He plays all 17 games, the Eagles win 11 to 13 games. If he doesn't, expect 9-10 games people. It's as simple as that. </strong></li></ol><p><strong>Well there you go everyone on what must be answered in my opinion for the Eagles to make a Super Bowl run. Please leave a comment. </strong></p><p><strong>-CoS aka Rampage23</strong></p><p><strong>-I will have a UFC 74: Respect Preview coming soon!</strong></p>Tue, 24 Jul 2007 17:02:06 GMThttp://www.fannation.com/blogs/post/47393Rampage23UFC 73: Stacked Review
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<p> <strong> UFC 73:Stacked Review</strong></p><p><img 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height="243" alt="" width="310" /></p><p>(Photo Credit by UFC.com)</p><p>The 73rd card of the UFC was deemed as a card that was "Stacked" on paper. But did it live up to the hype?From people that I have I have spoken to said that was it was good to disappointing. My opinion that was it was a solid card but very slow at times. I mean starting off the card with Noguiera vs Herring was a bit disappointing for me, I felt that Florian and Robinson should've gotten the night started.</p><p>But for what it was worth, the third meeting between the two was just as entertaining as their previous encounters. They cannot have a bad fight. Noguiera looked impressive during the early stages of the first round and easily dominated it from the strking and grappling perspective until...a head kick. I mean it is just me or the left or right high kick becoming a MUST in everyone's arsenal when fighting. Cro Cop is just going to have to trademark that move or something, make some cash from it. Just kidding but it's no joke that the head kick is becoming a very popular move right now.</p><p>Heath Herring, I'm sorry but this is why you will never become a champion for any organization. I love the guy and his heart, but the fact of the matter is he didn't pounce on Nogueira like he was supposed to. My friend Danny felt that as soon as Herring was on top the referee shouldn't stop the fight. In my opinion, that should've been the end of the fight. Herring just chokes, I mean how could he just let Nogueira get up and get rest between rounds. Had that been Fedor or even Gabriel Gonzaga, they would not have allowed that to happen. You have to have that killer instinct, and when you do Heath, that instinct divides the boys from the men. Tough break for Herring as he lost to Noguiera by decision. </p><p>From there the UFC Lightweight Title was next between Sean Sherk against Hermes Franca. My prediction was on the money as I predicted it to go five rounds....and Sean Sherk would dominate for the decision. I hate to brag and all, but Sean just dominated the entire fight and literally broke Franca's will throughout the fight. His transitions and constant activity on the ground helped Sherk. People booed Sherk everytime he took Franca down for the GNP but hey I enjoyed the fight I mean it was a back and forth when it did hit the ground. Now, I can't leave out Franca on this one because he literally had Sherk hurt with a knee to start off the second round and even the choke in the beginning of the first round from a knee. Basically, the knees were the only thing that was effective in the fight for Franca. For Sherk, it's on to a potential title defense against BJ Penn which would be something to watch but on the other hand, everyone at 155 can see one glaring weakness that has be addressed. Sherk is suspect to knees. </p><p>The card went on with the highly anitcipated meeting between Tito Ortiz vs Rashad Evans. The fight was entertaining but also controversal. I felt Tito would've won the fight if he didn't get deducted the one point for holding onto the fence. At the same time, Rashad basically gave those first two rounds away. I mean he looked tentative throughout the fight. I was basically screaming for Rashad to just let his hands go because he had the superior edge on the feet. He could have easily win at least one of those first two rounds to win the fight. That second round made the difference of the entire fight, as Evans was almost caught in a choke from Ortiz towards the end of the round. One thing that surprised me the most throughout the night was simply that Ortiz ran out of gas that last round. A man with great conditioning, Tito was just drained it seemed and allowed Evans to steal the round. I wasn't disappointed with the draw because it'll make the rematch a must see later in the year. But Ortiz lost a fan in my girlfriend because she highly pissed off at the fight and the performance of Ortiz. </p><p>I'm going to skip the Florian-Robinson fight because it should've started the evening. </p><p>Now I can enjoy hyping up the fight I wanted to see the most. Anderson Silva's first official title defense against Nathan Marquardt. This matchup was so intriguing for me because it was a toss 'em fight. People felt that Marquardt was a dangerous opponent for Silva. By the end of the first round, looks like Silva was the only person that didn't feel that way. Marquardt did exactly what I thought he would do which was to stand with Silva until he can get the takedown. Although the takedown was of because of Silva's flying kick. Yet Silva was effective in keeping Marquardt in his guard that allowed him to turnover on Marquardt. And from there, Silva dominated on the fight on the feet. Once he got on top of Marquardt, his effective and accurate strikes just hurt Marquardt which caused him to turnover and allowed Silva to just rain punches to stop the fight. Right now Anderson Silva the best middleweight in any organization right now.</p><p>I mean with Dan Henderson's intent to stay at 205 to fight the big boys, other than Rich Franklin and Paulo Filho, no one else is a serious threat to Anderson's reign as champion. By now it has already been confirmed that Franklin-Silva II will take place at UFC 77 on October 20th. After the performance that SIlva had against Marquardt, I really can't see the rematch being much different. I love Rich but Anderson is on a roll, but it will be a great fight.</p><p>Overall, a solid card with a few disappointments but all in all a good night. Now it's on to UFC 74:Respect. Until then this is Rampage23 signing OUT!!!</p>Mon, 09 Jul 2007 19:43:02 GMThttp://www.fannation.com/blogs/post/35293Rampage23UFC 73: Stacked Predictions Pt. II
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<strong><p>UFC 73:Stacked Preview Pt. II</p><p>Once again I say hi to my fellow bloggers as I, Rampage23 return with Part II of a two part series covering UFC 73. This part will cover two very intriguing main events in Ortiz vs Evans and Silva vs Marquardt. Although people have already said in previous articles and blogs, that the Ortiz/Evans fight is THE main event of the evening but I beg to differ. I mean it's going to be a great fight but is it a title fight? I think not! I'm more anticipating the Silva/Marquardt title fight. But we will start with Ortiz/Evans.</p><p> <img src="http://media.ufc.tv/i.cfc?method=get&amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;s=8E87AE60-1422-0E8C-9A70504472CA9DFD.jpg" height="75" alt="" width="160" /></p><p>Tito Ortiz vs Rashad Evans </p><p>It's no secret but Love Him or Hate Him, anytime Tito Ortiz steps into the Octagon everyone is watching. The former poster boy of the UFC during it's dark ages when the organization was owned by SEG and was barely shown on PPV, is a money maker. His last three fights have broken gate records and PPV buys. The guy is a cash cow and given credit where credit is due, his sure as hell entertaining. But Ortiz hasn't had a significant win since defeating Vitor Belfort at UFC 51. Dismembering a 43 year old Ken Shamrock three times doesn't cut it in the eyes of many. This fight is a make 'em - break 'em fight for Ortiz. </p><p>In his last bout with Chuck Liddell, Ortiz did his best and tasted defeat once again by the Iceman. And with the current injection of former Pride fighters Dan Henderson, Shogun and soon Wanderlei Silva; Ortiz's climb to get another shot is steep and Rashad Evans is the first step on the ladder to success.</p><p>Rashad "Sugar" Evans climb from Ultimate Fighter Champ to serious Light Heavyweight Title contender has been impressive to say the least. He was deemed another "lay and pray" fighter who solely depends on his superior wrestling ability alone and can't finish fights. Well, after pounding Jason Lambert's head six feet under and his ultra popular high kick KO over Sean Salmon, Evans has evolved. Evans knows that this fight is the coming out party for him and Ortiz is in his way.</p><p>This is really a toss 'em fight. It can literally go either way. In one aspect, I can see Ortiz stand and trade with Evans until he can shoot and get a takedown. And from there he could try and attempt to do the same thing he did to Forrest Griffin in their fight, which was the good ol' GNP with deadly elbows and strikes. The other aspect is Evans keeping the fight on the feet which he has an edge. Evans is easily the most athletic and explosive fighter Ortiz has ever faced. </p><p>Ortiz has this aura that once he knows he can't implement his gameplan he tends to get discouraged. It happened in both Liddell fights and it could happen against Evans. Evans just has to avoid the takedown and take Ortiz down and pepper him with shots until he can get it standing. From there he can possibly pick Ortiz apart. I feel Ortiz can take Evans down at will because although Evans KO's Salmon, He was on his back almost at will against Salmon. You can argue that Salmon won that first round, and Ortiz is a master of stealing a round or two in a fight (see Round 3 against Griffin). It's because of that, I see Ortiz stealing this one. </p><p>Pick: Ortiz by split decision</p><p> <img 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height="75" alt="" width="160" /></p><p>Anderson Silva vs Nathan Marquardt</p><p> </p><p>This is the one fight I'm most looking forward to. This the one fight that will help reshape the Middleweight division. Will Rich Franklin get a rematch against Silva for the title or will Rich have to settle with getting the title back from Marquardt. It's obvious that since the UFC loves rematch everyone including myself is hoping to get a Silva-Franklin II but Nate Marquardt is no push over at all. He can spoil everyone's plans. </p><p>Nate Marquardt of Greg Jackson's camp is a seven time King of Pancrease Champion. He is a very well rounded fighter. He is also known as the same man who stunk up the joint against Ivan Salaverry at the very first UFC Fight Night. It was a fight so dull that when they run reruns of it on Spike that fight is edited out. It was also discovered after that fight that he tested positive for steroids which he appealed and won. That didn't **** any favors as he was relegated to being on fights that were not shown on PPVs. But he has made the most of it and earned himself a title shot after going 3-0 with his dominant victory over Dean Lister. It was in that fight where he showed his all round game and even outclassing the world class grappler Lister on the ground. Nate is the biggest threat to Silva and his most difficult title defense even though it's technically his first title defense.</p><p>Anderson "The Spider" Silva needs no introduction as he is simply known as the man who gave Rich Franklin a nose job on PPV en route to winning the Middleweight Title. It has literally taken Silva almost 8 minutes in two fights to stake his claim as a dominant 185 champion. Thanks to Travis Lutter's poor excuse in not making weight, Silva made Lutter pay at UFC 67. He outclassed the Jiu Jitsu expert in making him tap in a triangle choke with thunderous elbow strikes to the cranium of Lutter for the victory. Silva knows to win this fight he must keep it on the feet. He is the best striker in the middleweight division and if he keeps it on the feet, it will be a long night for Nate. </p><p>This fight will really be a chess match. For Nate he knows he has to strike when needed and get it to the ground to look for submissions. Although Silva is pure striker, he is suspect to avoiding submissions. A great example of that is to look at his fight against Ryo Chonnan in PRIDE. That fight is known as Silva dominating until the third round where Chonnan delivered the infamous "flying heel hook". And in the fight against Lutter, Lutter was able to take Silva down at will and even had mount towards the end of the first round. Silva cannot put himself in that position again with Marquardt and possibly against Franklin. Nate must take it to the ground. </p><p>For Silva, it's simple that he must avoid the takedown and keep the fight standing where he has the edge by a wide margin. Nate will never see a more explosive striker than Silva. Silva is well rounded in his strikes with his hands and feet. But the key in the fight for Silva is to get Nate in the clinch. Silva is deadly in the clinch and chop Nate down at will with knees to the midsection. It's because of that I see this fight going at least three rounds until Silva uses the clinch game and his muai thai to pick apart Marquardt. But make no mistake, Marquardt will make this fight interesting. </p><p>Prediction: Silva by 3rd round TKO</p><p>Well, there you have it guys those are my predictions for UFC 73. This is arguably the best card of the year, and one has to look forward to next couple of UFCs this upcoming fall. With Henderson-Jackson, CroCop-Kongo, Silva-Liddell (yes, it will happen) and of course the return of St. Pierre and Couture next month. It's a good time to be a MMA fan. </p><p> </p></strong>Fri, 06 Jul 2007 19:23:26 GMThttp://www.fannation.com/blogs/post/33010Rampage23Chris Benoit Backlash
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<p>Fellas I wrote this blog hours before it was revealed what really happen this weekend. Will I delete this blog? It's hard to say. I wrote this blog only to appreciate Chris Benoit, the performer and not Chris Benoit the person. Was what he did f'd up? You better believe it. </p><p>I don't know what else to say about what has been revealed today. I'm not going to hate Benoit for what he did. I will only pity him and that on Judgement Day, God will decide where he's going. But rest assured, his place in the afterlife was already sealed. A career completely tarnished which is unfortunate but true. For me, it will be hard to not overlook what he has done this weekend. Being a father myself, I cannot fathom how you can actually kill your son and wife. But I will only try to remember Chris the performer who busted his **** night in and night out. To remember that I got my money's worth when he was PERFORMING. </p><p>It also proves that life is short and you have to make the most of it. I only ask from people who are fans of the WWE to try and remember Chris Benoit, the wrestler and not the person. If you cannot I totally understand, I won't hold a grugdge. I mean people were bashing me over Eddie but I only wanted to appreciate Eddie the wrestler. **** it man, my previous blog was to honor the performer and not the person. Take it anyway you want it. I expect backlash over it, I already know that. </p><p>Wrestling is at an all-time low because of what happened. I can only wonder what Vince McMahon do to dig his company out of this dirt hole. But me, I only blog what I feel. I will continue to cover the UFC and other sports in general. My wrestling blogs are on my homepage. I only wanted to be heard and it looks like I was heard...in a positive or negative way. If I offended anyone I apologize but I wrote what was in my heart before the details came about. </p><p>See Ya Later Bloggers. My UFC 73: Stacked Preview Part II will be released next Thursday.</p><p>-CoS aka Rampage23</p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p>Wed, 27 Jun 2007 04:57:15 GMThttp://www.fannation.com/blogs/post/24511Rampage23In Memory of Chris Benoit
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<p><strong>Chris Benoit....</strong></p><p><strong>The Crippler, The Rabid Wolverine...but to me, an All-Time Great. Say what you will about Professional Wrestling, but I guarantee that whoever decides to read this that in one way or form...you watched it. From WCW to WWE, most of us during the early 80s to the late 90s was watching. If you deny that, then don't bother reading this blog.</strong></p><p><strong>I've been a fan forever but I can honestly say that Wrestling is at an all-time low. From this absurb Vince McMahon "Death" storyline to John Cena continuing to overcome the great odds that stack against him, today's tragic death of Chris Benoit and his family has dealt wrestling with another blow. And mark my words on this one: The next professional wrestler that will end up dead is you Kurt Angle.</strong></p><p><strong>I apologize if I hurt any of today's "Chain-Gang" wrestling fans with my brute honesty but hey...the truth hurts. I'm a real fan...and if you want an example of that then watch the Smackdown show that took place last Friday in Philadelphia because I was there. I was one of those 17,000 who booed the hell out of that BS Vince McMahon Tribute. You cant **** fans from Philadelphia.</strong></p><p><strong>Now I must refrain from my WWE bashing and pay my respects to Chris Benoit. I've been blessed to see Chris Benoit perform live many times and there is no doubt that everytime he was in that ring, he was all business. Philadelphia fans appreciated that every time he stepped foot in between those ropes. A blue-collar, hard working wrestler who did whatever it took to win the match but more importantly....entertain us. In the end that is what he was supposed to do, and he did a hell of a good job in doing so. </strong></p><p><strong>It doesn't matter what ends up being the deciding reason that Chris Benoit, his son Daniel and wife Nancy were found dead today is. The reason for me is because they are in a better place....enjoying the sweet divine that is Heaven. Your Greatest Moment for you Chris was winning the World Heavyweight Championship at WrestleMania XX. In my eyes, your greatest moment will be how your lasting legacy will affect future superstars in this business in how they will carry the torch that you have passed on today. God Bless Man, Eddie has been waiting for you. </strong></p><p><strong>-CoS aka Rampage23</strong></p><p><strong>P.S My UFC 73: Stacked Preview Part II will be released on the 4th of July</strong></p>Tue, 26 Jun 2007 04:51:06 GMThttp://www.fannation.com/blogs/post/23848Rampage23UFC 73: Stacked Preview Part 1
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With two championship fights complete with a grudge match and debut of one of the MMA's best heavyweights, this UFC card is sure to blow the roof off of Arco Arena. Although the UFC is hyping up the biggest grudge match this year in Ortiz-Evans, fans must not forget that we also have two intriguing championship fights that will most likely shake up both lightweight and middleweight divisions for the rest of the year. </p><strong><p>Antonio Rodrigo Noguiera vs Heath Herring</p></strong><p>Former PRIDE Heavyweight Champion Antonio Rodrigo Noguiera makes his highly anticipated UFC debut against a man he has fought twice before in the "Texas Crazy Horse" Heath Herring. Minotauro, is without a doubt of the best BJJ Fighters in the world. A member of the Brazilian Top Team, Noguiera possesses a decent standup game but is master Brazlilan Jiu-Jitsu artist when it hits the ground. He has submitted a who's who of MMA fighters from Dan Henderson to Mirko Cro Cop. Look for Noguiera to do what it takes to take the fight to the ground, where he has a considerable edge over Herring. </p><p>Heath Herring is no joke either. Like Noguiera, Heath has fought the best MMA Heavyweights out there with mixed results. From Cro Cop to Fedor, Heath isn't afraid to bang with the baddest strikers in the game. In the previous two meetings with Big Nog, Herring was doing real well on the feet until it hit the ground. In his losses to Nogueira, he was just overpowered on the ground into an armbar in the first meeting to not being able to get up once Nog took him down repeatedly in the rematch. Heath has to keep the fight standing and sprawl when Minotauro attempts for a takedown.</p><p>In the end, I can see two different scenarios. Either Heath can keep the fight standing and win the standup game en route to a decision. Or Minotauro wins by submission in the third round due to Herring's suspect conditioning. I like Big Nog in his debut...I mean can you imagine a Gonzaga vs Noguiera Title Match? It could happen. <strong>Prediction: </strong>Nogueira by Submission</p><strong><p>UFC Lightweight Championship: Sean Sherk vs Hermes Franca</p></strong><p>The first title matchup pits the wrestling machine in Sean Sherk against the unorthodox submission specialist Hermes Franca. It's the classic grappler vs. grappler matchup. </p><p>For Sherk, this will be his first title defense since defeating Kenny Florian by decision at UFC 64. A five round affair that saw Sherk dominate Florian by taking him down and GNP to the decision. It's no secret that Sherk could be the strongest Lightweight in the division since moving down from Welterweight and will look to impose his will to Franca. </p><p>What could be a key to this fight for Sherk is his much improved striking, in his fight with Florian he held his own on his feet before taking Florian down. Sherk also looked impressive in a decision win over highly regarded fighter Nick Diaz a year ago with his striking. Although Sherk's striking has improved, KO power in those hands remain to be seen. </p><p>Hermes Franca has been on a roll lately, winning his last seven fights by submission or TKO. Once known as a great fighter but not having the confidence, Franca has refocused since training at the Armory Gym in Florida. He last win was an impressive one over Spencer Fisher. It was an even fight until Franca clubbed Fisher with a looping overhand right that stunned Fisher and Franca finished him against the fence en route to a 2<sup>nd</sup> round TKO. Franca is also a superb Jiu-Jitsu submission fighter. Once it hit's the ground, Franca has a superior edge over Sherk in the Jiu-Jitsu department.</p><strong><p>Prediction: A key for Sherk is hold his own on the feet and not get caught striking in order to take Franca to the ground. Once he takes him down, he should be able to impose his ground and pound but not be open to getting caught into a submission from Franca's guard. For Franca, he should sprawl when needed and try to keep it on the feet. If it goes to the ground, Franca will look for submissions immediately and if he cannot find what he wants he should be able to keep it standing to see if Sherk has a chin. I see Sherk taking him down and holding him down. Sherk by Unanimous Decision.</p></strong><strong><p>Part 2 will cover Tito Ortiz Vs Rashad Evans and Anderson Silva Vs Nate Marquardt. COMING SOON!</p></strong>Wed, 20 Jun 2007 16:15:12 GMThttp://www.fannation.com/blogs/post/22236Rampage23A Message to the NBA: LeBron James has become a King
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<p><strong></strong></p><p><strong>His time has come people...LeBron James is on a whole other level. What LeBron did last night almost tops everything that Dwayne Wade did last year in the finals. I maybe going a bit far ahead of myself with that last statment but what else can you say? </strong></p><p><strong>Did Dwayne Wade ever scored 29 of his teams last 31 FGs to win a game against a Detroit team that is supposedly one of the better defensive teams in the league? Let me check...NO! Now I am not bashing Wade here because he too is apart of that infamous 2003 class. </strong></p><p><strong>I have been blessed to have been able to see Jordan in his prime will his team in the finals of 1998 against the Jazz and drop 38 with the flu and win the game. And now I can tell my kids that I saw the game that was a "coming of age" game for one LeBron James. Just like Wade did last year for the Heat, LeBron is doing the same for the Cavs. </strong></p><p><strong>And the ironic thing about it is? This has happened both times against the Pistons. Flip Saunders I can guarantee will be in the hot seat if Detroit fails to make this series go a seventh game. It seems to this fan that the Detroit Pistons have now become the doorway to the finals in the Eastern Conference.</strong></p><p><strong>To reach the Finals you just have to go through Detroit. It's hilarious to see Detroit almost become a doormat for teams trying to reach the Finals. But now back to LeBron.</strong></p><p><strong>How is it for LeBron to get all these easy buckets in double OT? Flip, GET THE BALL OUT OF HIS HANDS! We were able to see that LeBron's role players weren't making plays yet the ball still ended up in James' hands. </strong></p><p><strong>As for LeBron, big ups to you man. You have officially silenced your critics (i.e. Skip Bayless has been MIA since you have been on fire) for one night. Now the next question is: Is there going to be a letdown in Game 6?</strong></p><p><strong>Detroit will look back and come focused on Saturday there is no doubt about that. LeBron just has to carry this momentum back home to Cleveland and this series is over with. In this one day off before Game 6, we all should cherish this moment as true basketball fans and talk about easily one of the best playoff games we have ever seen. </strong></p><p><strong>LeBron, go do what has to be done to stamp your legacy onto the league. Ladies and gentlemen...the King has arrived.</strong></p>Fri, 01 Jun 2007 14:43:28 GMThttp://www.fannation.com/blogs/post/17791Rampage23Quinton Jackson: The Rampage In UFC LHW Division Begins
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<p><strong></strong></p><p>The UFC just got a Rampage-sized upset last Saturday night.</p><p>In just 1:52 of the very first round, the recent trend of upsets continued inside the world famous octagon. After two years of complete domination, Chuck Liddell's invincibility as the UFC Light Heavyweight Champion came into a crashing end at the hands of the last man who defeated him: Quinton "Rampage" Jackson. </p><p>All it took was one counter right hook from Jackson that had Liddell hit the canvas, where Jackson preceded to knock out Liddell with elbows and hammerfists until referee Big John McCarthy ended the fight. And with that Jackson ended one of the most anticipated fights in recent memory in just under two minutes.</p><p>"Chuck was right, he said somebody is going to get knocked out in first. It happened." said Jackson. Of course none of the almost 20,000 pro-Chuck fans would have thought that it would be Liddell being on the receiving end of that prediction. </p><p>Jackson did not look like the same man who looked very uneasy and nervous in his UFC 67 debut earlier this year. While he defeated Marvin Eastman via 2nd Round TKO at UFC 67, many wondered whether Jackson still had that killer instinct. That instinct that carried him through an impressive stint in the now Zuffa-owned PRIDE FC, racking up wins over Kevin Randleman and Ricardo Arona. </p><p>Others pointed to his losses to Wanderlei Silva and Mauricio "Shogun" Rua that caused Jackson, a now born again Christian; to lose that killer instinct. Many said that he lost his confidence in those losses and played it safe from then on. From the uninspiring decision win over Murilo "Ninja" Rua to a very close split decision win over Matt Lindland in the now defunct WFA, it was only a matter of time for Quinton Jackson to rise again.</p><p>The time was Saturday night at UFC 71. "I trained really hard man." said Jackson. Booed once he entered the octagon, Rampage looked focus and determined to dethrone Liddell. </p><p>As the bell rung, the two paced around the octagon and went through a feeling out process. Liddell throwing out the jab as Jackson attempted to cut off the cage. At the 1:31 mark Jackson proceded to wave to Liddell to fight, and from there the unpredictable happened. With Liddell attempting a left hook to the body and leaving his face open, Jackson countered with the "perfect" punch right into the jaw of the Iceman. </p><p>And just like that, the landscape of the UFC Light Heavyweight Division completely did a 180. There was a new Light Heavyweight Champion, and it was Quinton "Rampage" Jackson. But a new challenger awaits for Rampage as earlier in the evening Mike Goldberg announced the signing of Dan "Hollywood" Henderson. Hendo, the current Pride Middleweight and Light Heavyweight Champion; will be Quinton's first title defense. </p><p>"Chuck's my friend, Quinton's my friend but it's a business," Henderson said. "It's time for the best to fight the best."</p><p>Amongst all the media frenzy of the upset, no one can deny that Liddell's run as champion will go as one of the most dominating runs in UFC history. From his four victories over Randy Couture and Tito Ortiz, his reign as champion came with four title defenses all won by either KO or TKO. Yet, the year of upsets continued with Liddell's loss. </p><p>Like all great champions of the past there is no doubt that Chuck Liddell will be back. "I made a mistake and he capitalized on it," Liddell said. "Nothing's changed. All it does is makes me want to go back to the gym and train harder."</p><p>The only question remains that if Rampage does makes his first title defense later in the year, will he also be bit by the "upset" bug. Will Rampage do what Chuck has done in the division for the last two years? Or will he be like Georges St. Pierre and lose his first title defense?</p><p>"Man, I can't let no 185 chump beat me," said Jackson. "All it's going to make me do is train harder than I did for this fight, I want that paper!"</p><p>CREDIT FOR QUOTES: MMAWEEKLY.COM</p>Tue, 29 May 2007 00:08:53 GMThttp://www.fannation.com/blogs/post/17196Rampage23A-Rod: Dirtiest Player In The Game...If You're A Sox Fan!
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<p><strong>Ladies and Gentlemen-</strong></p><p><strong>I have to just get this off the chest of Red Sox Nation....A-Rod is a dirty player in every sense of the word! I mean let's be honest for a second here people. Do you really think that Alex didn't intentionally run into Dustin Pedroia last night? I sure as heck did, I mean really it shouldn't be a surprise to anyone that of all the players that wear the hated pinstripes, that Alex would be the one that try to do such a thing. </strong></p><p><strong>I'm pretty sure that I am not the only one that remembers I believe game six or seven of the 2004 ALCS. The play is a routine grounder to first; Mr. Rodriguez decides that with his team already down a couple of runs and in need of a spark decides to slap the ball out of 1B Doug Mientkiewicz's hand to be safe. Well of course the umpire calls him out and the Sox end up winning the World Series that year and the Yankees went home and suffered one of the biggest chokejobs in the history of sports. I mean let's not also forget in the 2003 ALCS when A-Rod shoves Jason Varitek after a wild pitch which ends up having everyone remember that game only because it's the same game where Pedro Martinez basically hip tosses Don Zimmer onto the Fenway green. </strong></p><p><strong>Dustin Pedroia had every right to call that play dirty. Personally, I just think A-Rod will do whatever it takes for Yankee fans to accept him. He hasn't been on the home run binge he had last month and he is beginning to feel the heat already again in New York.But t</strong><strong>he facts are facts ladies and gentlemen, A-Rod is a dirty player who just loves to get under the skin of Red Sox nation...and to think that the Red Sox wanted a sign and trade deal for A-Rod so many years ago. Couldn't imagine how that would've played out! </strong></p>Wed, 23 May 2007 23:44:54 GMThttp://www.fannation.com/blogs/post/16062Rampage23