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Friday, January 30, 2015

The Flashback Fridays For 1/30/15: Chicago Bears - Super Bowl Shuffle (1986)

Just in time for Super Bowl weekend, we take it back 29 years to the legendary 85-86 Chicago Bears and their historic "Super Bowl Shuffle."

Chicago Bears Super Bowl Shuffle - 1985 

More to come at TWD this weekend, stay tuned. 

Monday, January 19, 2015

Sports Thread For 1/19/15: 2015 Australian Open Day 2 Runthrough

The key matches to look for on Day 2, already an intriguing day:


Wozniacki/Townsend & Stephens/Azarenka - The toughest section of the draw just to get to the Round of 32, where two young American top talents going in slightly different paths face two recent formidable number ones also going in contrasting directions. All four differently cringed at their draw, with the lefty of the quartet maybe the most frustrated by it.

After a close first set in Auckland two weeks ago against the Danish #1, Townsend just was overwhelmed by Wozniacki's return to top form and bowed out in straights. Although dangerous on any day against any player right now, Townsend knows in the back of her mind that she hasn't improved that fast enough in a fortnight's time to get through Wozniacki, who despite her wrist ailments coming in seems to be ready to go.

Although Wozniacki is the sound favorite in that eye-opening contest, Azarenka can't be given that label despite beating Stephens the last two years in Melbourne. A frustrating, close loss to Karolina Pliskova in Sydney again puts questions marks into the head of the two time Australian Open winner, as this is the last place she defends major points on her ranking. A loss here to Stephens and Azarenka could be out of the Top 70 after the first month of 2015.

But Stephens still is one of the tour's major mysteries, a continuous display of instability on and off the court. Now with her third major coach in the last year watching her in Nick Saviano, the capriciousness of the Under Armour client's game and attitude are the only things predictable about her at the moment. That will further make Azarenka feel a bit more comfortable at believing she would play her former (and at times still) BFF Wozniacki in Round 2, as last year's regression by Stephens in their Round of 16 rematch of their much discussed 2013 Australian Open semifinal encounter is likely to happen again.

Stosur/Niculescu- Another Scared Sam at home adventure awaits in in the all spin and slice match with Niculescu.

Also of Note:
Putinsteva-Svitolina - All emotional Match

Pennetta- Giorgi - Another feisty Italian matchup between these two, with the stoic, energetic Girogi against the always determined & still determined Pennetta.

Friday, January 9, 2015

The Flashback Fridays #1 for 1/9/15: SWV- Anything (1992)

In the midst of their rise, "Anything" from SWV followed the smashing success that was the Teddy Riley produced "Right Here" remix and "Weak", which topped the charts overall.

From the Above The Rim soundtrack, here is "Anything", your first Flashback Friday song of 2015.

More to come at TWD. Stay tuned.

Tuesday, January 6, 2015

Music Midday Energy Boost For 1/6/15: Def Loaf - Try Me (2014)

This is serving as the current inform, smooth song in the urban black young world still admired by the rest of the planet's youth, despite depicting images that would make kids outside America's hoods (including American suburban kids) not want to admire those hoods.

It's from Detroit's latest figure to make a dent in the game, and it's actually a female. It's "Try Me" from Def Loaf, mixing a serene beat with hard lyrics from Motown (and Michigan in general) 'hoods.

Most people thought it was another annoying guy using autotune or a teenage boy in the mode of Rae Sremmurd. I was one of those people when I heard it being played in the club last month as it gained steady momentum. Instead, what makes this song more intriguing is Loaf being, again, a female.

Though she's pointing a gun and hosting a set of bullets on her kitchen table, I'm not too bothered this time by those still hood images that most should avoid. The reason why is because her flow works well with the beat thanks to her actually rhyming a lot on the song. She extends the first verse past the regular 16 bars and keeps the dedication to rhyming on verse two. For how terrible the standard of the game currently is, "Try Me" does its job of standing out a bit and Loaf definitely could build on this if she continues to get beats that mesh with her flow & dedication to rhyming.

The return of TWD and its music series threads, it's Def Loaf with "Try Me."

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