Taylor vs Pavlik – Is JT saying he’s going to lose ?

September 28, 2007

 JT seems visibly nervous during this video. Near the end he makes a comment about being at 164lbs and how he was thinking about going up to the next weight class, but  “I might be sticking around and getting my belts back”

 Does that mean he’s conceded to losing them ? Very odd statement to make in my opinion.


Countdown to Taylor – Pavlik

September 25, 2007

So now just under a week away from this fight, Taylor’s angle seems to be renaming himself the “Junkyard Dog”. He was “Bad Intentions”, and it was believable that he could have bad intentions…. But unfortunately he wasn’t able to really follow through with making them mean much in the ring – Corey Spinks managed to go the distance with those bad intentions.

 It’s almost laughable to rename yourself the “Junkyard Dog” while training in the Poconos. And in an article on HBO, you have Steward and Lewis trying to pump up the Poconos camp as a deciding factor. They keep saying that no one who’s trained there with Emmanuel Steward has lost. Of course, Emmanuel Steward trains with alot of guys who are the favorites and big name fighters already.

The true factor in the fight is whether or not Taylor truly listens to Emmanuel Steward for a change. A junkyard dog is out of control. What Jermain Taylor needs is to be a good listener and follow Steward’s strategy. Junkyard dogs don’t have strategy, they bite, maime, and kill.  Do we really believe that Taylor is a Junkyard Dog ?

 In the press conference before his fight with Spinks, Miranda and Pavlik were on the undercard. Both fighters made comments to obviously stake claim on fighting Taylor next — as the fight was billed appropriately “The Right to Fight”. So when Taylor reached the podium he said “I don’t do all this talking — ‘I’m gonna do this, I’m gonna do that.’ I will walk up to you and punch you in the mouth!”

Isn’t ironic that right now he’s doing alot of talking ?

Just cause you call yourself a “Junkyard Dog”, doesn’t mean you are. But it might indicate that you are trying to convince your own self that you are.

It’s now obvious to me that this fight is going to be an instant classic. Taylor is taking this bout seriously. So seriously that he’s now doing whatever he can to pump himself up, which has to result in something far better in the ring than what we saw against Spinks.

 If Pavlik tarnishes the Poconos as a training camp, it might just be haunted by the “Ghost” for years to come.


Steward and Taylor call Pavlik Overrated

September 22, 2007

I’ve always respected Emmanuel Steward and he’s probably my favorite analyst when he does commentary on HBO fights because he’s usually spot on. He’s usually not the type to talk badly about a fighter, but in this case he’s actually come out and called Pavlik overrated and is basically saying this fight is going to be simple for Taylor. I’ll say that based on his knowledge of the sport, his comments and my respect for his opinion are the only reason that I would think that Taylor has a chance.

However, Steward himself knows that Taylor has a penchant for not listening to his instructions during a fight, and in turn making fights much closer than they need to be. I’ve even seen Steward in the corner seemingly at wits end with Taylor not listening to him.   I’ve heard Steward make comments about Taylor not listening to him in fights during other HBO broadcasts where he does commentary.

If Taylor listens to Steward, I think that he probably has a far better chance of winning the fight. But, do any of us believe that will happen ?

Steward makes note of Class A fighters that Taylor has been fighting, but we all know he’s looked pretty much lackluster in doing so. I really kind of wish they’d have matched up Corey Spinks with Pavlik first to really pump this fight up even more. I think we all know that Spinks would be pulverised by Pavlik. Then… everyone would realize that calling the Spinks win anything but the crap that it was, would be a ridiculous statement.  Luckily for Steward, that fight never happened so he can try and convince people that Spinks was a Class A opponent and going the distance with him was a victory in anything other than as a statistic.

Forget Mayweather vs Hatton , this here is going to be the fight of the year. Pavlik vs Miranda was a fan’s fight, and Pavlik is going to be considered a premiere fan’s fighter after taking out Taylor.  I will truly be interested in what Steward has to say about Pavlik after the fight. I think it’s possible that Steward might drop Pavlik after this fight if he doesn’t listen.

I also highly doubt that Steward is truly underestimating Pavlik, but I think it’s highly possible that Taylor truly is.


John From Cincinnati cancelled

August 20, 2007

As much as I understand why the show has been cancelled, I am sincerely bummed out that it’s been cancelled.  It was too quirky for the masses I guess. 

The acting was pretty bad from people like Rebecca De Mornay and the chick who plays Kai, and the kid who plays shawn is pretty bad as well. But, for some reason after a few shows I didn’t really even think about the acting prowess of those characters nearly as much, as I was concentrating on understanding what the hell was going on.


Pavlik vs Taylor – It’s time to start believing in ghosts

August 20, 2007

PavlikVSTaylorIf you saw Pavlik dispose of Miranda, you know that Jermain Taylor is about to lose his title. Pavlik is the real deal, and deceptively so. He doesn’t look like the guy who is going to destroy Taylor if you just look at him, but if you’ve watched any of his fights you are probably thinking someone should check his gloves to see if he’s hiding bricks in them.

I think Pavlik might just end up the #1 pound for pound fighter in the very near future. You heard it here first. It’s time to start believing in ghosts!


John From Cincinnati – Why am I still watching ?!??!

August 20, 2007

JohnFromCincinnatiThis is probably the strangest show that I have ever watched. I completely have no idea what is going on most of the time, but for some reason I have to keep watching. I think it’s because I want to understand what’s going on. But it became overly apparent after the first 3 shows that this was never going to happen. There are things that seem to make sense on a very shallow level, but the big picture just can’t be built in your mind. It’s like having a few jigsaw puzzle pieces from 200 different jigsaw puzzles of the same picture but each from a different angle.  You basically have pieces that you believe should go together, but it’s just isn’t the case. If anyone really understands this show, please let me know, cause I am completely lost but yet I can’t wait for next season.

 The series is made by the same guy who did Deadwood, and it didn’t surprise me at all when I discovered that because the dialog is similar in many ways. The characters will do mini monologues from time to time and you basically have to rewind and watch them 3-4 times to kind of really get any idea of what they are saying. (if you are lucky)

 Why can’t I stop watching ??


Sopranos – Disappoints

June 11, 2007

Sopranos

I’ll have to say I was really looking forward to the Sopranos finale, but now that it’s over I am really feeling like I invested a pretty significant chunk of my life in something with very little payoff. The cut to black and no music while the credits ran was just ridiculous. Phil getting his melon rolled over was good, but I think you have to deliver a bit more than that in a serues finale.

Is it just me or did the finale seem pretty disconnected from just about everything that was great about the series in the beginning ? It all just seemed completely anti-climactic. I’d say that it was probably my least favorite episode of the entire series. There are so many ways they could have made it more interesting – like someone on the inside betraying Tony and aiding Phil’s guys in attempting a whack on Tony. Something.. anything!! I walked away from the TV just a wee bit sour.

Unless this ending is leaving the door open for a movie, this was a pretty sadistic ending for those of us who followed this series for so long.