"I don't know what I needed today," Bryant said. "It worked out OK. Could've been better, but given the circumstances it turned out OK."
Bryant’s youngest son was found dead Wednesday in Tampa Bay. The investigators have yet to find what the cause was for his death. He didn't practice all week, and Coach Jon Gruden left it up to him to decide if he wanted to play.
"The biggest thing for me, I wanted to honor Tryson's name," Bryant said. "I mean, I don't think it was very fair for his life to end so short. This is the best way I believe I could get out and honor him. I miss him and wish he was here, but he was here with me. He helped out." "Today was his day. It was all about Tryson for me. I talked with him, personally, in my head throughout the game. I just wanted to remind him that he's my baby boy and that he's with me all the time."
Obviously, he got the game ball and not only did he win the game this week, he kicked the game winner in OT last week against the Chicago Bears. This man shows a lot of heart and strength. He’s one of the best in the business.
Wall Street ended a stunning RECORD setting, 777.68 point drop — after the failure of the House vote on the financial bailout bill plan earlier today. The DOW started declining as the vote was shown on television this afternoon. Investors fled to the relative safety of credit markets, worrying that the financial system would continue to sink under the weight of failed mortgage debt. Plenty of credit markets remain closed and shut down as many banks are too afraid to lend, including loans to other bank branches. The DOW closed the day down 777.68 points, -6.89%, beating its previous record set on the first trading day after the Sept. 11, 2001 terror attacks. Still, in percentage terms, the decline remained well below the more than 20% drops seen on Black Monday of October 1987 and at the beginning of the DEPRESSION.
Many people today on Wall Street thought that the financial bailout bill would ultimately pass, but it didn't. Investors faced other worries about the banking system. Wachovia became the latest big bank to be rescued from its overwhelming bad mortgage debt, agreeing to a federally brokered buyout of its banking operations by Citigroup Inc.
Crude oil fell $11.39 to $95.50 a barrel on the New York Mercantile Exchange as investors feared that a worsening economy would slice into energy demand. If the decline holds, it would be oil’s largest EVER one-day drop.
Wall Street is also worried about overall sluggishness in the world’s economy. In the U.S., for example, unemployment now sits at a FIVE-YEAR HIGH at 6.1%. That rate is expected to increase, perhaps putting further pressure on consumer spending, which accounts for more than two-thirds of the nation’s economic activity.
With all of the good jobs moving overseas and everything being made in China, the economy will fall even more. Most of the factories and production plants are being shipped overseas. With most of EVERYTHING being made in China for pennies, the Chinese will be in control of everything and will probably be in control of the entire import/export world. They will regulate the cost of anything being sold/ made and can jack the price up 50% more than actual value. Ultimately, it will be up to them. If we don't have the money then don't spend it.
ISN'T THIS SUPPOSED TO BE A CAPITALIST COUNTRY NOT A COMMUNIST ONE???
Barker and Goldstein were taken to a burn center in Augusta, Ga., about 75 miles southwest of Columbia. Two other passengers — Chris Baker, 29, of Studio City, Calif., and Charles Still, 25, of Los Angeles — died, as did pilot Sarah Lemmon, 31, of Anaheim Hills, Calif., and co-pilot James Bland, 52, of Carlsbad, according to the South Carolina county coroner. Baker was an assistant to Barker and still was a security guard for the musician.
Barker and Goldstein had performed together under the name TRVSDJ-AM at the free concert in Columbia on Friday night. Event sponsor T-Mobile said their hour-long set ended at about 7:15 p.m. The show, which included performances by former Jane’s Addiction singer Perry Farrell and singer Gavin DeGraw, drew 10,000 people into the streets of Five Points, the neighborhood near the University of South Carolina.
This is so crazy, our hope and prayers are with all of them...
The "Polygon Playground" is a large scale interactive playground for kids. It allows the space for about 40 kids to walk, sit, explore and play on its multifaceted surfaces. Gradient ramps guide the kids to the top of the mountain. The installation and creation features a software aided 3-D surface projection that gives the polygon a 360 degree picture. A sensory system detects where kids are at on the polygon and their proximity at all times.
The visual presence of the "Polygon Playground" changes continuously as kids move around and touch the polygon. The polygon detects the positions and directions of the kid’s movements and change moods and graphic styles.
THIS PLAYGROUND IS WAY DOPE!!!!
The Lifepod is designed and constructed with the most advanced 21st century RV technologies. Lifepods are versatile, collapsible & lightweight. Inspired by roaming mammals that could possibly kill you or eat your entire campsite, this futuristic design adapts to the environment around you. All Lifepods fit into 40 ft containers so they can be shipped anywhere around the world at one's convenience.
Arenas just signed a new contract this past off-season, six-years, $111 million following last season which had problems with his knee which limited him to only 13 regular-season games, and forced him to call it quits after four games into the NBA playoffs.
Arenas averaged 19 points in his 13 games last season, and scored 24 in the first playoff game. "I just had some floating debris in there that was slowing me down," Arenas told The Washington Post. "It was irritating the knee, so we decided to go in there and clean it out. This should actually allow me to come back faster," Arenas said.
The Wizards finished with a 43-39 record last season and were the 5th seed in the Eastern Conference playoffs without having Arenas' services for most of the season.
With Arenas making $177,000 per game this season, it's an expensive experiment, but will the new contract prevail later in the season??? Time shall see....
As everyone may have heard, Kanye West and Don Crowley, Kanye's bodyguard/ manager were arrested yesterday Sept. 11th at L.A.X. airport for vandalism of a paparazzo’s $10,000 camera. I feel this man Kanye, how would you feel if you were just trying to live your life, but everywhere you go there's always someone with a camera in your face? Music is Kanye's job and it's a difficult one. Why? He has to bring it home with him. People act up on their jobs all the time and customers have to pay for it, but when it's time to get off you go home. Kanye has to take his job with him wherever he goes 24 hours a day, 7 days a week and 365 days a year. The paparazzi claims he had a press pass to film and take pictures in the airport, but when Kanye and Don say STOP filming that means STOP, don't people have ears and know how to listen?? This is what happens when paparazzi don’t listen and don’t have simple courtesy for peoples lives and personal space. FREE KANYE!!!
Here is Kanye's newest single that he performed Sunday night at the 2008 VMA's! This is the final mastered version that Def Jam sent out!
Kanye's fourth studio album will be called 808's & Heartbreak and has been given a December 16th release date!
Maybe off the Exit 13 Album. I don't know, but this song is tight.
It seems like this past weekend was full of injuries and loss of number one starters, both on the offensive side and defensive side of the ball. Is everyone injury prone all of the sudden?? By the end of week one into the NFL season, many predictions and fantasy stats are talked about, but not at all this past weekend. Most of the headlines were injury reports to star players. Knee injuries and surgeries were the topic this past weekend. Brady, Merriman and Burleson are all starters for their teams and all three out for the entire season. What are these first class players going to go through?? PAIN yes PAIN!! Surgery then more PAIN.
Don't get me wrong, the NFL has some of the best trainers and doctors/ surgeons in the entire world, but was it really worth it Merriman to play on your torn knee throughout training camp and the first NFL game before you decided to have the surgery? Or were you scared to be the only star player out the first week on injury reserve? After all, you had four doctors’ opinions and ALL four of them said that you should have surgery, but you rejected it. Did Tom Brady and Nate Burleson's injury change your mind thinking that now you won’t be the only star player out for the entirety of the season? Or did you think with your brain and figured it out that this knee injury could jeopardize your entire career and or future???
Locker was penalized for unsportsmanlike conduct excessive celebration after he scored what could have been a game-tying touchdown run with 2 seconds left, but BYU's Jan Jorgensen blocked the 35-yard PAT to help the Cougars hold to a 28-27 victory.
Locker drove the Huskies down the field 76 yards in 17 plays and scored a 3-yard touchdown run with 2 seconds left on the clock. After he got into the end zone he threw the football up into the air celebrating because he made a GREAT play. The refs threw a penalty flag and he was penalized for unsportsmanlike conduct excessive celebration.
The celebration was at no means excessive and he wasn't being unsportsmanlike at all! He made a great play to possibly send it into overtime and the officials penalized him for throwing the football into the air. Not only that, the Huskies should of overcame the penalty and BLOCKED like your suppose to for ALL PAT’s. If the line would have blocked, their kicker would have made a routine kick and sent the game into overtime. So the game wasn't all Locker's fault, mostly it was the Huskies special teams that lost the game for them. Plain and simple!!
"Timmons, has been charged with carrying a deadly weapon, having an unregistered firearm and having unregistered ammunition," Capitol Police spokeswoman Sgt. Kimberly Schneider said.
Not only did police find the Ak-47 in the back of Timmons' Jeep, they found a grenade, a pistol, ammunition, loaded magazines "and several other items of concern to the police."
Back in March, Timmons was convicted of carrying a concealed weapon in Albemarle County, Virginia, and served one month in jail. Also, in that incident police found two grenades in his car. "The pins had been removed and the grenades were filled with powder," authorities said. "They had an adhesive on top to close them and a firecracker for a fuse."
Police said that the grenade found in his car Friday were exactly similar to the ones found in Virginia. Police have still yet to find out what were Timmons' intentions of attack were.
COLD and a 1.3 meter-per-second headwind in BRUSSELS, Belgium didn’t stop Usain “Lightning” Bolt from striking 1st place once again. Asafa Powell was first out of the blocks, but Bolt was forced to come from behind to beat Powell in 9.77 seconds Friday, in the 100-meters at the Van Damme Memorial.
In his last race of the season, Bolt saw his Jamaican teammate Powell shoot ahead of him out of the blocks, but he wasn’t going to let him spoil his farewell party in Europe. Halfway through the race Bolt caught up to Powell and his long 6′5” stride took over the race, finishing just .08 seconds off the world record he set at the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games.
Powell, the only sprinter to beat Bolt this season finished 2nd in 9.83 seconds, and Nesha Carter made it a Jamaican sweep in 10.07 seconds.
“Asafa is a really fast guy. I’m getting used to chasing him,” Bolt said.
“I came out to run fast,” Powell said. “Usain really put on the pressure.”
For years, Jones denied the use of performance-enhancing drugs that helped her win at the 2000 Olympics. In October, last year she pleaded guilty to two charges of perjury and was sentenced in January by a federal judge in New York. Jones reported to prison this year March 7, and was released today at 9 a.m. ET, Friday, Sept. 5th.
In 2003, she admitted that she lied to federal investigators about using the banned substance tetrahydrogestrinone (THG), known as “the clear,” before the 2000 Olympics. An admitted steroid dealer testified that he gave Jones a cocktail of steroids right before the 2000 Sydney Olympics.
In 2007, Jones was stripped of her five medals, three of which were gold and all of her performances as of Sept. 2000 have been erased from the record books.
Daunte Culpepper, who was unable to find a starting QB position or backup job this offseason, announced his retirement today at the age of 31. Culpepper was offered one-year deals from the Green Bay Packers and the Pittsburgh Steelers as the backup, but didn’t find those offers suitable. Even though his surgically reconstructed knee and his throwing arm were still strong during those team visits, Culpepper decided to hang up his cleats and helmet early.
Since the 11th pick in the 1999 NFL draft, Culpepper has played nine NFL seasons for three different teams- the Minnesota Vikings, Miami Dolphins, and the Oakland Raiders. His best years were with the Vikings as he established himself as one of the leagues top quarterbacks. During his career, Culpepper completed 1,867 of 2,927 passes for 22,422 yards and 142 touchdowns. His career quarterback rating was a airy 89.9. His best season was in 2004 when he threw for 4,717 yards and 39 touchdowns for the Vikings. Not to mention Randy Moss was on his team back then.
Culpepper blew out his knee the next season, and his career was never the same afterwards. Culpepper signed a one-year deal with the Raiders last season but didn’t land another job.
Culpepper issued the following statement today:
“When free agency began this year, I had a new sense of excitement about continuing to rebuild my career in the same way that I had rebuilt my knee after my catastrophic injury in 2005. Unfortunately, what I found out was that the league did not share any of the optimism about me as an unrestricted free agent that I expected. In fact, there was an overwhelming sense that there was no room for me among this year’s group of quarterbacks; whether in a starting, competing or a back-up role. No matter what I did or said, there seemed to be a unified message from teams that I was not welcome to compete for one of the many jobs that were available at the quarterback position. It seems that the stance I took in both Minnesota and Miami regarding my rights as a person and player has followed me into free agency.
After taking a long look at my career and my personal convictions, I have decided to begin early retirement from the NFL effective immediately. Since the beginning of training camp I was told that my opportunity would come when a quarterback gets hurt. I cannot remember the last time so many QB’s have been injured during the preseason. I have been strongly encouraged from family, friends and league personnel to continue to be patient and wait for an inevitable injury to one of the starting quarterbacks in the league. I would rather shut the door to such “opportunity” than continue to wait for one of my fellow quarterbacks to suffer a serious injury. Since I was not given a fair chance to come in and compete for a job, I would rather move on and win in other arenas of life.
The decision I made in 2006 to represent myself rather than hire an agent has been an invaluable experience. I now understand why so many people within the NFL community are uncomfortable with a player really learning the business. The NFL has become more about power, money and control than passion, competition and the love of the game. Regardless of this shift, player’s rights are still supposed to be a part of this league. Since I will not be given the opportunity to honor the memory of Gene Upshaw by wearing a patch on my uniform this year, I will instead spend some of my energy applying what he taught me about standing up for what is right and not sitting down for what is clearly wrong.
I want to thank my family and my fans for their unwavering belief in me as a person and a player. I embraced both the peaks and the valleys of the game and my career. I am a better person today as a direct result of the experience of playing in the NFL. I can now focus on the enjoyment of watching some of the greatest athletes in the world play the game I love without the distraction of waiting for those elusive return phone calls.”
01. Intro Feat. DJ Khaled
02. What U Need
03. Cocky Feat. DJ Khaled
04. Somebody Tell ‘Em
05. I Know Feat. Young Cash
06. I Outta
07. Don’t Stop The Party Feat. Young Cash
08. Freakin’ Feat. Gorilla Zoe & Tay Dizm
09. This Dat Shit
10. Got To Go
12. Ain’t No Love Feat. Young Cash
13. Up & Down
14. I’m Madd Feat. Tay Dizm
16. Dig That
17. I’m A Freak Feat. Young Cash
18. Nappy Boy Or Die Feat. Young Cash
19. Let’s Go
20. We Got Love
21. Tha Truth
T-Pain - Pree Ringz: Da Mixtape
Nice little R&B joint featuring Lloyd. Album, My Turn To Eat drops 9.30.08
After marines survive a crash-landing on an artificial ring-world called “Halo”, a navy captain and a chemically-and-surgically-enhanced super soldier named John-117 “Master Chief” must find out what the Covenant are. The genocidal alien race they are at war with, are looking to kill all on the ring. However, Halo holds more secrets than either side imagined. The producer will be the infamous Peter Jackson (King Kong & The Lord of The Rings).
Here’s a little snippet, the opening credits and the first 8 minutes of the movie.
War or peace, G-Unit is fucking up with rappers staying a part of a group.
Possible track off of We Global!!!!
New Gym Class Heroes joint off The Quilt album, coming soon September 9, 2008 to a stereo near you.