Last night HBO World Championship Boxing competed tête-à-tête with ShoBox. The winner of their feud (for once) was boxing fans. We were treated to five fights (four of them outstanding) and to hours of good old-fashioned entertainment. Let's delve deeper in the results of the Garcia Vs. Judah fight, the Martinez Vs. Murray contest, the Arreola Vs. Stiverne heavyweight fight, and the Khan Vs. Diaz showdown.
The world of boxing fans is collapsing and the sport itself is almost decayed beyond repair. Tonight, the kingpin of the 122 pound division, Nonito "the Filipino Flash" Donaire lost to a fighter, that although proven in the amateur ranks, was not even close to his equal. Guillermo Rigondeaux defeated Donaire by a unanimous decision on the judge's scorecards. Donaire is a knockout artist that has been one of the few boxers (Andre Ward, Lucas Matthysse and Sergio Martinez are other examples) that have attempted to bring the sport back into mainstream relevancy. Unfortunately, tonight's revolting display of pomposity from Rigondeaux, and his careless disregard for the fans, ruined what could have been an otherwise exciting bout.
This week the Showtime hit original series "Californication" wrapped up its sixth and if you can believe it, NOT final season. Many pundits argue that network executives should have pulled the plug on the series after either Season 4 or Season 5. In many ways Californication Season 6 proved to be a reecho of a tired storyline that had already hinted an innumerable quality endings. Alas, ending the series was not in the cards for David Duchovny and crew, but one cannot satisfy purists no matter how hard they try. The truth is that in order to sustain the show despite the aging stars, Californication Season 6 is more lewd, bawdy, drug-ridden, licentious, and debauched than ever. Yet somehow we are grateful that the stars agreed to give us at least one more season to remember and this time we are treated to the ending that all romantics dream of...sort of!
“The Office Season 9” (Farewell Season) is approximately halfway finished. In all earnestness, even with the stalwart efforts of John Krasinski, the oft absent Ed Helms, Jenna Fischer, and recent recruit Clark Duke, the show is floundering. Once the apotheosis of cringing slapstick under the helm of the eminent Steve Carell, “The Office Season 9” (Farewell Season) is instead a back-to-the-basics approach at resetting the franchise to more closely approximate its original purpose. The Office used to be at heart a sitcom about office mates that collided more often than they coalesced. Years after Carell’s departure (in a somewhat fictitiously ignominious fashion), the show is running on fumes. Though millions will miss the program like Lake Okeechobee misses rain, “The Office Season 9” (Farewell Season) is consistent only insofar as it misses the mark.
"Anger Management" is no Two and a Half Men, but that statement of fact is inconsequential because that sitcom died the day Charlie Sheen's bloated contract was terminated by CBS. This new iteration of Charlie's personality/character/sense of raunchy humor is funny, smart and really over-the-top sexual, just the way we like it. The supporting cast of Anger Management is what alarms me the most when looking ahead to future episodes of the show. Save Selma Blair, the cast is comprised of a list of who's not and never has been.
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