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New article (RHOA Ep 15 Season 7: Whoreocracy & Phaedra's Chocolate Lust) We are back from last week’s Real Housewives of Atlanta break and things just pick up right where they left off.
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We are back from last week’s Real Housewives of Atlanta break and things just pick up right where they left off.

Apollo reports to prison as he is about to “go asunder.” We see that Phaedra who was fearful for her safety, checked herself, kids and assistant into a hotel. Since her husband is finally in prison, things are “sorta bittersweet” as she returns back to the house.  Also, because there has been so much “turmoil” she feels like the house needs to be exorcised so she calls for “the apostle.” She tells her assistant “I’m just happy it’s over.” But is it really?

Later, Apostle Thaddeus and his wife come to the house to “pray” over it and to get out any spirits that were left with Apollo leaving. This part of the episode is just too much. They are laying hands on furniture, speaking in tongues and quoting scripture. I mean, I was raised apostolic, which is what the Apostle seems to be, so I get it. But it all just feels contrived for the sake of the episode and I think that is wrong.

Anyway, Todd, who is finally back from L.A. meets Kandi the Factory and an obvious sexually frustrated Kandi goes straight to it and asks him if he has been “grinding” anyone else. She then says that she wants to go to a therapist. He looks at her like she’s crazy and asks what are they going to talk about in therapy. She says their sex life mostly. He reluctantly says yes. She asks him if they can have sex more than once a week. Then he says let’s face it, “I’m not Tyson Beckford and you’re not Rihanna” Um what? What the fuck does that mean? That was totally the wrong thing to say.

The Team Kenya meets for a wine tasting. Here Cynthia takes the time to tell the ladies about Apollo finding the text messages Phaedra sent to “Chocolate.” Kenya gets super upset because Phaedra calls the girls out about being whores but she is having an affair while still married. We also see all the times in the past where Phaedra has lied or been two faced which is another issues they have with her.

Kandi visits Phaedra to see how she is and to get to the bottom of what happened with Apollo. Phaedra tells her that NeNe has called her pretty much every day since the whole situation which takes Kandi aback because she takes NeNe with a grain of salt. She invites Phaedra to a dinner with all the ladies later the night just to catch up.

At this dinner ALL of the RHOA ladies show up including Porsha, Demetria and NeNe. You know this is going to be something because the last time they were all together was in Puerto Rico and we all remember how that went. For the life of me though, I don’t understand how they can be so fake with each other (I guess it’s all about that money). Like, I would be sick to my stomach sitting there eating and putting up the façade for the cameras.

While they are eating Cynthia dives right in and brings up Apollo, tiptoeing around the whole Chocolate text message thing. And literally you can cut the tension with a knife. She finally says  to Phaedra that Apollo told Peter she was cheating/ Phaedra brings Kenya’s name in about some situation with an African and text messages. Kenya is not having the pointing of fingers any longer and reads her. Phaedra jumps up and lunges at her with her pocketbook and Porsha quickly pulls her off. She along with NeNe walk Phaedra out. Kandi hurriedly follows after them.

Back at the table, Team Kenya can’t believe what just happened. They walk out while Team Phaedra is still outside talking about everything and there is another confrontation. “Girl don’t let them over here cause I’m going to slap the shit out of her.” Phaedra is obviously pissed off because she can’t stop slinging threats. “These hens can cluck all they want I’m not afraid to take them to the slaughterhouse… they got me fucked up.” Um okay Phaedra, didn’t you just get finished praying and casting out demons?

Then it just goes south. They bring up NeNe calling Claudia a whore in Puerto Rico and everyone else being called a whore at some point and time throughout the history of the show. For the most part, I understand what the issue is. Team Kenya doesn’t like the fact that Phaedra and her followers call everyone a whore when it seems based on the alleged text messages that Apollo has been circulating, that she is just as much a whore. I will say that the way Cynthia brought it up at the table was very passive and weak. She stuttered the whole time and wouldn’t just spit it out. It is clear that the producers told her to bring it up because it looked like she didn’t really want to. NeNe made a good point too (can you believe that) when she said that nobody wants to discuss their husband with people they don’t know meaning with bitches who aren’t your friends.

In the end, Kenya stands her ground telling Phaedra that she is wrong and she’s a cheater and as Cynthia (or one of them) put it, “You need to be able to have a conversation and you need to be able to tell the truth.” Team Phaedra dismisses themselves while Team Kenya is still talking and get into their respective cars to leave.
The drama was super high tonight and trust and believe, it will be just as juicy next week.
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New article (Is the FCC Quiet Period Truly Over?) The FCC Quiet period is now over and now the government has control of the internet. Net Neutrality is now a reality. There will supposedly be no more threats to the equality of bandwidth provided to internet subscribers depending on their respective infrastructures.
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The FCC Quiet period is now over and now the government has control of the internet. Net Neutrality is now a reality. There will supposedly be no more threats to the equality of bandwidth provided to internet subscribers depending on their respective infrastructures. Bandwidth shall henceforth be equal to the consumer and content provider. But is the quiet period really over? ISPs that stand to lose because of net neutrality are expected to make noise in courts. The same goes for people who have different views about the FCC chairman Tom Wheeler’s net neutrality proposal.
It’s basically not over for the FCC as far as AT&T, Verizon and other losing ISPs are concerned. Verizon and AT&T, the two companies with the highest voices in the opposition, just posted their disdain over the recent February 26 ruling on their respective websites decrying the FCC decision as both partisan and archaic.

Partisan:
“Perhaps I’m betraying my years, but in Washington policy circles there has always been tension between those interested in solving problems and those who see policy disputes as a test of ideology. I’d readily admit falling into the former camp, and have the policy scars to prove it.”
–Jim Cicconi, AT&T Senior VP of External and Legislative Affairs
Archaic:
“…What doesn’t make sense, and has never made sense, is to take a regulatory framework developed for Ma Bell in the 1930s and make her great grandchildren, with technologies and options undreamed of eighty years ago, live under it.”
–Jim Cicconi, AT&T Senior VP of External and Legislative Affairs
Both:
“…the Federal Communications Commission approved an order urged by President Obama that imposes rules on broadband Internet services that were written in the era of the steam locomotive and the telegraph.”
–Verizon
However, they fail to provide substantial points as to invalidate the more noble tenets of net neutrality such as no blocking of content, no throttling of bandwidth and no paid prioritization of traffic. They promise to pursue their arguments to the courts, to suspend the current FCC ruling and push for more modern laws in place of the almost century-old Communications Act of 1934. Such a move could buy them sufficient time to continue their current management of bandwidth.
Individuals critical of the current US administration also cry foul. Many believe that the internet was fine as it was and that government intervention could somehow ruin it; if not today, but in the near future. A percentage of these individuals are either genuinely concerned that the government could somehow screw up the internet and internet freedom; or are presently shielded by satisfactory speeds given by their respective internet providers that they are afraid of any changes in their status quo.

However, there is some substance to opposition arguments that the whole plan could backfire on consumers; that ISPs could charge back from subscribers the profits they lose from their ‘fast lanes’. There is also the argument that the internet, as a utility under government control, could sooner or later be regulated as it is in China given any situation that resembles threats to national security. Another major argument is that the government could dictate prices that are higher than they should be (a problem for consumers) or lower than market value (a problem for providers) and that additional taxes could be imposed in the future. There is also the argument that the government could quickly change the rules to its favor depending on the next FCC Chairman’s interpretation of the rules which would undermine the true concept of internet freedom.
ISPs also argue that bandwidth equality could stifle the innovation and competitiveness of future internet entrepreneurs which is unlikely unless their products and services depend on higher than average broadband. Republicans opposed to the current provisions also argue that there is some sort of hidden Democrat or Obama agenda to regulate the internet for their benefit.
Whatever the opposition arguments are, there’s no denying the benefits of continued net neutrality to the general public as well as content providers. Content providers such as Kickstarter, GitHub, Yelp, Etsy, and Tumblr have expressed approval of the current net neutrality plan; while the Internet Association whose members include Amazon, Facebook, Netflix and Google have reiterated that the rules on net neutrality be solid enough to ensure that the rules apply to both wired and wireless providers, an innuendo to ISPs.
Aside from regulation, the FCC now has the authority to hear and act on complaints on potential violations made by ISPs contrary to net neutrality’s fundamental principles:
No Blocking – Internet providers may not block any access to legal content, services or non-harmful devices.
No Throttling – Internet providers may not impair or degrade lawful internet traffic based on content, services or non-harmful devices.
And No Paid Prioritization – internet providers shall not favor some lawful internet traffic over other internet traffic in exchange for consideration (No fast or slow lanes).
Under such rules, the FCC promises a truly open internet. But how open is something when someone has control? Unlike before, someone clearly holds the reins on the internet and control could always be subject to abuse. For the FCC, the quiet or sunshine period is over. Storm clouds are brewing on the horizon and could become a hurricane if they screw up this wonderful concept of net neutrality.
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New article (Premier League Game Week 27 Review: City stunned while Arsenal cruise) The reigning champions Manchester City are being dragged back to the fight for the Champions League spot. Pellegrini’s men were stunned by Liverpool at Anfield on Sunday.
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The reigning champions Manchester City are being dragged back to the fight for the Champions League spot. Pellegrini’s men were stunned by Liverpool at Anfield on Sunday. The Merseyside giants have truly picked up pace after a slow start to the season.

Brendan Rodgers’ side invited the second placed Man City for a crucial tie at Anfield. Liverpool’s stand-in skipper, Jordan Henderson opened the scoring with a thunderous shot, one which would have made Steven Gerrard proud. But soon, Edin Dzeko cancelled out the home team’s lead. Coutinho, who has been in great form off late, got the winner for his side with a sumptuous shot outside the box. Despite the win, the 18-time English champions remain fifth on the Premier League table as Arsenal and Manchester United didn’t slip at the weekend.

Arsenal got a 2 – 0 victory over Everton at the Emirates. The North Londoners seem to be genuine contenders for the top four unlike Manchester United, who are still not consistent in picking up three points. Olivier Giroud and Rosicky got a goal each in sinking Roberto Martinez’s team.

Manchester United are currently fourth in the league, but their next set of fixtures would be the biggest test for the English giants. Van Gaal’s men registered a 2 – 0 victory over Sunderland at home. Falcao was pulled by John O’Shea in the Sunderland penalty box for which the referee sent off Wes Brown. Anyhow, Wayne Rooney made no mistake in putting United in the lead. Adnan Januzaj was voted Man of the Match for his performance after being subbed on for Angel di Maria. Januzaj’s shot on target was saved by the goalkeeper, but he couldn’t keep out Rooney’s header right after the save. Liverpool are breathing just down the neck of Manchester giants and one slip by United could allow them to reach the promised land. At this point in time, one could expect a top four of Chelsea, Man City, Arsenal and Liverpool as Man United have some serious battles ahead.

Chelsea and Spurs were not involved in this game week’s matches as they traveled to Wembley to decide the winner of Capital One Cup. Chelsea were crowned the champions after a 2 – 0 win over Pochettino’s side. It was Mourinho’s first of what could be many silverwares this season. Unlike Chelsea and Spurs, Saints were involved in this week’s fixtures. Ronald Koeman’s men came across Tony Pulis’ West Brom. Berahino scored the only goal of the game and Southampton have suffered a huge blow to their top four aspirations. Yet their dreams are still far from being shattered as we still have eleven games to go and they are only four points away from the fourth place.

Stoke got a 1 – 0 victory over Steve Bruce’s Hull City, while Newcastle got a 1 – 0 victory over Tim Sherwood’s Aston Villa, forcing them into the relegation zone. West Ham United were defeated at home by Alan Pardew’s Crystal Palace. In this early kick off on Saturday, the Eagles defeated the Hammers 1 – 3 at Upton Park. Last but not the least, Garry Monk’s Swansea City picked up three more points this season. Burnley’s Trippier scored an own goal, keeping his side at the 18th place to fight for relegation.
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New article (New York Jets Season Recap & 2015 NFL Draft Needs) For the New York Jets, head coach Rex Ryan is always on the hot seat. After finishing 8-8 in 2013, the Jets decided to bring back Ryan giving him one last chance to make the playoffs in 2014.
has been published on Movie TV Tech Geeks #CalvinPryor, #Featured, #GenoSmith, #NewYorkJets, #NFL, #RexRyan, #ToddBowles
For the New York Jets, head coach Rex Ryan is always on the hot seat. After finishing 8-8 in 2013, the Jets decided to bring back Ryan giving him one last chance to make the playoffs in 2014. Well, it didn’t work. The Jets struggled to a 4-12 record, losing Ryan at the end of the season.

After a 19-14 victory over the Oakland Raiders in Week 1, the Jets lost eight games in a row. Fans can’t put all the blame on Ryan, however—the team simply failed to finish games, losing four of those eight games by eight points or less, including a 27-25 loss against the Super Bowl champion New England Patriots in New England because of a blocked game-winning field goal attempt.

The high point of the Jets season came Week 10 against the Pittsburgh Steelers. At this point the Jets were 1-8 coming off eight straight losses, and the Steelers were coming off of two wins in a row in which quarterback Ben Roethlisberger threw six touchdowns in each win. In what should have been an easy win for the Steelers, the Jets played their best football of the season winning 20-13. The only other game that the Jets can really be proud of came in Week 16 against the Patriots again. Once again, the Jets brought the soon-to-be champs down to the wire, losing 17-16.

The Jets have a new head coach to be excited about in Todd Bowles and a new general manager in Mike Maccagnan, and they’re hoping to bring a winning culture back to New York. The Jets have a lot of needs to fill up and a roster that needs rebuilding, so these two newcomers will certainly have their hands full this offseason and in the 2015 season itself. Here are the New York Jets biggest needs heading into the 2015 NFL Draft:

Secondary: Todd Bowles and Rex Ryan run relatively similar defensive schemes, which require a lot of man to man coverage. Well, the Jets don’t have true number one go-to kind of cornerback to work with in this defensive style. 6th overall would be way too early to select any of the corners from this year’s draft; however, the Jets will most likely need to spend their second round selection on a solid corner. The Jets will also need to spend a mid-round pick on a decent free safety. Calvin Pryor was their first round selection in last year’s draft, but he looks much more comfortable as a strong safety. The Jets need to focus on bringing in cornerbacks, but drafting a safety is pretty crucial to their defense as well.

Quarterback: The Jets have to face facts that Geno Smith is not a franchise quarterback. Smith is barely better than Michael Vick right now, and Vick is certainly not a long term solution. So, once again the Jets are left to look for a quarterback in the draft. Marcus Mariota and Jameis Winston are the two biggest names in the draft, and with the 6th overall pick in the draft landing one of them is not totally out of the question. The Buccaneers will definitely be selecting one of them (most likely Mariota); however, the Tennessee Titans seem more interested in improving their defense than drafting a quarterback and the Jacksonville Jaguars, Oakland Raiders, and Washington Redskins all plan to stick with the quarterbacks they used or drafted last season. As a result, the Jets might just be able to land Winston with the 6th pick in the draft. If not, the Jets will most likely be in the same bad situation this time next year unless they find a franchise quarterback.
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New article (BIG BANG THEORY Recap: Sheldon & Penny Try Intimacy, Howard Gets Ashy) On this week’s episode of the Big Bang Theory the gang talked about an experiment Amy had read about concerning research that determined people can fall in love within a few hours.
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On this week’s episode of the Big Bang Theory the gang talked about an experiment Amy had read about concerning research that determined people can fall in love within a few hours. Penny asked Raj if he would try an experiment like that with his girlfriend, Emily. To keep from debating the subject Sheldon said since they were all scientists they could conduct their own research experience. Raj told Sheldon he should try out the experiment Amy read about. Penny said she wanted to ask Sheldon to answer the questions that can determine if someone can fall in love in mere hours.

In the next scene Sheldon and Penny discussed performing the experiment together. Sheldon asked Penny if she would drive him to Lake Geneva in Wisconsin for a convention, if she fell in love with him as a result. The convention was to honor the co-creator of Dungeons & Dragons. Penny said if they honestly fell in love she would drive him there and buy him however many dragon t-shirts he wanted.

Raj commented to Amy and Leonard that he was surprised they were so calm about Penny and Sheldon participating in this experiment together. Raj said that the two of them doing so is just tempting fate. Amy and Leonard then decided to try the experiment themselves. Raj asked the questions that were part of the experiment and the first one is who each of them would ask to be their dinner guest. Leonard’s answer was Penny and Amy’s answer was a janitor because she was about to throw up. Leonard then said that they should find something else to do and that Emily was getting off work soon so the four of them should hang out together.

Leonard then mentioned calling Howard and Bernadette and Raj said their plane from Florida should be landing soon. Anyone who watched last week’s episode knows that in that episode, Howard’s mom went to visit her sister in Florida and died in her sleep while there. Howard and Bernadette are flying back in this week’s episode, presumably with his mother’s ashes. . However, in the next scene Howard is criticizing the airline’s desk agent after finding out his mother’s ashes were lost by the airline. The desk agent then asked for the flight number Howard and Bernadette were on. She also asked them to describe the missing bag that contained the ashes of Howard’s mom.

As Penny and Sheldon finally sat down to begin the experiment, Sheldon said that he wanted to let Penny start first, so that he could be a gentleman. He said he was afraid doing so would cause her to fall in love with him before the experiment was even started, so instead he proposed flipping a coin. Instead, Penny just grabbed the document and read the first question to Sheldon, which was the same question that Raj had asked Leonard and Amy. Sheldon then stated the person he would most want to have dinner with was himself. Penny then answered the question herself by choosing Robert Downey, Jr. Sheldon made a joke that he never would have thought of Iron Man and that after he had dinner with himself, maybe he and himself could have dessert with Penny and Robert Downey, Jr.

Raj and Emily, along with Leonard and Amy, discussed their plans for the evening. Emily then suggested the four of them go to an Escape Room, which she described as an interactive theater.
Back at Penny’s apartment she and Sheldon continued with the experiment. The second question was about what constitutes a perfect day? Penny said that for her, it was sleeping in, getting drinks and a massage, lounging on the beach and then a night of dancing. Sheldon then asked Penny why she didn’t mention Leonard as part of her perfect day and Penny said he would have been there for all the things she mentioned. Sheldon’s answer to the same question was to wake up, have French toast for breakfast and then be whisked into a wormhole that would take him into the future where he would be able to save mankind from aliens. Penny then called Sheldon out for not mentioning Amy in his answer. After their talk turned more personal Penny said she was starting to feel like she cared about Sheldon.

At the Escape Room the four worked together to figure out where the key they needed to open a safe, containing valuables. They found the key in six minutes after having paid $200 to get into the Escape Room. The four of them were disappointed that for so much money they finished the challenge in such a short amount of time.
As Penny and Sheldon continued with the experiment Sheldon revealed that it happened to be his birthday. Penny was shocked Sheldon kept his birthday secret from everyone, including his own girlfriend. He said that he kept it to himself because he doesn’t enjoy presents or surprise birthday parties. When Penny asked Sheldon why he told her when no one else knew, his answer was that the experiment was all about telling the truth.
After hours of waiting Howard and Bernadette were given the news that the airline had found their lost bag. Immediately Howard checked the bag and found his mother’s ashes safely in an urn. He then apologized to his mother for not driving her to the airport when she left for her trip and that he would never forgive himself for it.

As they finished the experiment Penny and Sheldon had to stare into each other’s eyes for four minutes and not say a word. Penny remarked that doing so was creepy and Sheldon reminded her she wasn’t supposed to talk. Sheldon then also said he found it be kind of creepy. Penny asked Sheldon if he wanted her to stop, but he was comfortable with her. They determined that the original experiment’s conclusion was not always right.
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New article (Sony’s SmartEyeGlass Not So Smart) Before Apple, Sony was the one with the knack of making innovations and improving technologies; adding style, elegance, advanced technology complete with premium pricing. From TV sets, they’ve been successful in many of the industries they entered into.
has been published on Movie TV Tech Geeks #Apple, #Featured, #Google, #GoogleGlass, #SmartEyeGlass, #Sony
Before Apple, Sony was the one with the knack of making innovations and improving technologies; adding style, elegance, advanced technology complete with premium pricing. From TV sets, they’ve been successful in many of the industries they entered into. Sony revolutionized the gaming industry with the PlayStation. Sony made waves when it first came into the cellphone market and Sony put style and fashion into computers with its VAIO series. Unfortunately Sony seems to have lost its edge recently. Competitors like Apple and Samsung have eaten into its market share. But a tech giant like Sony is not easy to take down. Sony continues to create great devices despite its diminished market share such as their XPeria line of Android phones and the PlayStation game console. The company still has plenty of resources to invest in other pursuits. But has Sony really lost it this time after showing off its own pair of augmented reality glasses despite Google’s failure with Google Glass?
Like Apple, Sony has the reputation of improving technologies, so where Google Glass failed, Sony might succeed. Google Glass unfortunately came out as creepy to the general public showing off a very conspicuous camera complete with a LED indicator which reminds many people of those zombified cybernetic beings in Star Trek called the Borg. Google glass made people uneasy as if they’re being recorded all the time thus earning the public’s distrust. Sony’s own augmented reality glasses it dubs the ‘SmartEyeGlass’ hides that camera but unfortunately, its appearance is out to make the recently popular nerd culture unpopular again. Its users could end up looking at the watery depths of the toilet bowl.

The Sony SmartEyeGlass developer edition available in Germany and the UK looks horrendous. Without the camera, people could easily get away with wearing Google Glass in public and Google could have made millions. The SmartEyeGlass developer edition however would be at much home at pool sides and beach resorts if it came complete with a snorkel. The glasses made an effort to hide the camera which now looks through a pinhole on the side of the glass but the design has a long way to go. The glasses look big, bulky and uncanny in public which even nerds would frown upon.
Despite throwing their reputation of style and elegance out the window, no doubt Sony’s own software implementation of augmented reality for the SmartEyeGlass could be better. But physically some aspects of it are worse than Google’s. Unlike Google Glass which users can control by voice and a touch pad on the side of the CPU, SmartEyeGlass comes with a separate controller which is linked by a large wire to the headset. The batteries have been moved to the controller but it still didn’t help with the bulk. As horrendous the glasses’ appearance are, so is the battery life. The batteries last only up to two and a half hours between charges making them impractical for real world, use unless the user sits in the car all day.
Like Apple, Sony charges premium for their products and that pricing doesn’t help Sony’s case. The unit costs about 952 USD or 652 GBP which is incredibly hard to swallow as the glasses are difficult to wear in public. We’re basically discussing the developer edition available for pre-order in Germany and the UK. The showroom prototypes looked better but still similar to Google’s implementation.
To its credit, Sony isn’t the only manufacturer struggling with stylish development when it comes to augmented reality glasses. Steam’s CastAR looks more bionic than Google Glass with not one but two indicator lights, the Magic Leap unit also looks bulky and requires special gloves. Microsoft’s Holo Lens is more bulky but looks more stylish than SmartEyeGlass. Microsoft got away with Holo Lens’ appearance through some clever words in its marketing as well as some useful apps.
Augmented reality is here but the headgear isn’t there yet. Perhaps in a few years users will be just as concerned with frame style and lens color as they are with hipster glasses today. Google is just one iteration away as its implementation is as close to ordinary glasses as possible while competitors struggle with style and bulk. Hopefully Sony gets its old act together and come up with a fashionable replacement before Apple decides to enter into this fledgling but interesting industry, if they’re not already busy on research and development.
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New article (Rafael Nadal Beats Rain & Juan Monaco For Argentina Open Title) The 2015 Argentina Open (ATP Buenos Aires) is complete and Rafael Nadal, the tournament’s No. 1 seed, has added another clay court title to his already impressive count. Nadal defeated Argentine Juan Monaco on Sunday 6-4, 6-1 to claim the 250-series tournament.
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The 2015 Argentina Open (ATP Buenos Aires) is complete and Rafael Nadal, the tournament’s No. 1 seed, has added another clay court title to his already impressive count. Nadal defeated Argentine Juan Monaco on Sunday 6-4, 6-1 to claim the 250-series tournament. For his efforts, Nadal, who is now 6-1 against Monaco, will move up to the World No. 3 ranking on Monday as Andy Murray will drop down.
Appearing in his 93rd tour-level final, the World No. 4 added a 65th overall crown. Nadal assumed sole possession of fifth place on the Open Era titles list, breaking a tie with Pete Sampras and Bjorn Borg.
The title in Buenos Aires represented Nadal’s first since winning the 2014 French Open way back in June. The King of Clay, following a challenging couple of weeks, will now be idle on tour this upcoming week.

The 28-year-old Spaniard needed one hour and 27 minutes to prevail 6-4, 6-1, breaking on four of nine occasions while not facing a break point on his own serve. After a two-hour rain delay postponed the start of the match, Nadal registered the first break for 4-3 in the opening set. In front of a packed crowd that included Argentine legends Guillermo Vilas, Guillermo Coria, David Nalbandian and Gaston Gaudio, he would reel off eight of the next 10 games to emerge victorious. Nadal converted on his first match point when Monaco fired a forehand long.
In fact there are no ATP tournaments featured in the days ahead although fans of men’s tennis will be turning their attention to Davis Cup play. Nadal, who represents Spain, will not be active in the international team tournament as the Spanish contingent is not in the World Group this season. However tennis fans should expect to see Nadal competing on the hard courts of Indian Wells when that tournament gets underway in California in about a week’s time.
Juan Monaco, who has to be disappointed following a loss in his country’s capital, is not expected to play in Davis Cup either. His country will be hosting Brazil, in fact Argentina will host Brazil in Buenos Aires, however Monaco is not listed as a nomination to represent Argentina at this point. Leonardo Mayer, Federico Delbonis, Diego Sebastian Schwartzman, and Carlos Berlocq are the players expect to represent Argentina later this week.

Making his first appearance in the Argentine capital in 10 years, Nadal won the title at a fourth different Golden Swing tournament, adding to crowns in Acapulco (2005, ’13), Sao Paulo (2005, ’13) and Rio de Janeiro (2014). He improves his FedEx ATP Head2Head advantage over Monaco to 6-1, earning $91,050 and 250 Emirates ATP Rankings points.
The Mallorca native extends the run of Spanish dominance in Buenos Aires to seven consecutive years with a titlist (Ferrer 2012-14, Almagro ’11, Ferrero ’10, Robredo ’09).
Former World No. 10 Monaco was bidding to become the first home grown Argentina Open champion since Nalbandian won the title in 2008. Appearing in an ATP World Tour singles final for the ninth straight year, the Tandil native was looking for his ninth title overall.
Those looking to following Monaco should look for him to be active in Indian Wells as well where he could pick up some match-wins with the right draw.
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New article (All's Quiet On DeflateGate Front For New England Patriots) It seems that DeflateGate is not a big story now that the Super Bowl has been over for about a month. Shockingly, the Patriots were not banned from the Super Bowl and the Colts sent in as a replacement at the last minute.
has been published on Movie TV Tech Geeks #Deflategate, #Featured, #NewEnglandPatriots, #NFL, #RogerGoodell
It seems that DeflateGate is not a big story now that the Super Bowl has been over for about a month. Shockingly, the Patriots were not banned from the Super Bowl and the Colts sent in as a replacement at the last minute. No, the New England Patriots were allowed to play, with every player cleared to be on the field including Tom Brady. Seattle ended up losing the game at the end and New England got to bask in the glory of another NFL Championship.
The investigation is ongoing just like I predicted. NFL investigator Ted Wells should just take his time, which I’m sure he will do. If he wants to wait until 2017 to report his findings that will sit well with me. In fact if Roger Goodell sent out a press release tomorrow stating that he has ended the investigation into the Patriots’ possible tampering with the AFC Championship Game balls, I’m fine with it. Goodell could just come out and say that since fans really don’t care and the AFC Title Game is over and done with, we are going to stop wasting money on this farce of an investigation. At least that would be the honest thing to do. Fans don’t care, no records will be changed, and the New England Patriots are the Super Bowl Champions for the 2014 season, period.
I have a feeling I know what the findings will be if the report on DeflateGate ever comes out. Maybe Ted Wells can draw a check for the rest of his life on this one case and we will never see a report at all. But if old Ted ever wraps it up, the general findings will be that there were indeed footballs under inflated, but no one can be found at fault, especially the New England Patriots. I would be less shocked if the report accused the Colts of sabotage in an effort to make New England look like cheaters, rather than the Pats being found guilty!
DeflateGate has become a national joke at this point. Everyone from David Letterman, to SNL, and even Matt Damon and Ben Affleck on Jimmy Kimmel have made light of the situation. Unless a hi-def video pops up that shows Tom Brady and his supermodel wife sucking the air out of some footballs, the nation doesn’t want to be bothered with DeflateGate anymore. The Colts were blown out, game is over, and the Super Bowl has played out. For a scandal to have consequences, it has to have a conclusion before the 24 hour news networks get tired of it. No updates equals no story. And that’s just how Roger Goodell likes it.
For anyone running a big company out there, take note of this NFL scandal. This is how you handle it. Roger Goodell’s game plan to quiet the storm over DeflateGate should sit right alongside Belichick’s Hall Of Fame defensive scheme from Super Bowl XXV. This scandal involved one of the highest profile teams in the NFL, one of the best quarterbacks of all time, and the third biggest game of the season. Yet all has gone quiet. Well played Mr. Commissioner.
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New article (2015 ATP Argentina Open: Rafael Nadal Taking On Juan Monaco) The final for ATP Buenos Aires (2015 Argentina Open) is set with what could be called a blockbuster final for the 250-series event. Rafael Nadal, having defeated Carlos Berlocq in the semifinals 7-6, 6-2, will face Juan Monaco
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The final for ATP Buenos Aires (2015 Argentina Open) is set with what could be called a blockbuster final for the 250-series event. Rafael Nadal, having defeated Carlos Berlocq in the semifinals 7-6, 6-2, will face Juan Monaco, a player who defeated Nicolas Almagro 6-3, 6-7, 6-4. The championship match in the Argentine capital will now feature the World No. 4 against one of Argentina’s best players of the last decade.
Rafael Nadal, after defeating Berlocq, claimed that he is looking forward to the final in Buenos Aires: “It’s a joy to play this decisive match against a friend and for me it is also very important to play my first final of the year here in Buenos Aires, a place where I feel the affection of the people.”

Monaco, currently ranked 60th in the world, has eight career titles to his credit. Seven of those eight titles have been won on the clay court surface although the Argentine does have numerous losses in ATP finals as well. Heading into the championship match, Monaco has a losing record of 8-11 in tour-level finals. Furthermore, he is just 1-5 against Nadal heads-up having defeated the Spaniard at Cincinnati 2007 (Nadal retired mid-match).
Monaco commented on his victory over Almagro in the semifinals: “It was another tough match and I’m very happy for having managed to win,” he said. “I have wanted to play in a final for a long time and it makes it more special that it is here, in Buenos Aires, with all these people supporting me.”
It might seem as though there is little at stake for Nadal heading into the final. He’s won so many clay court titles in his career that he would remain the greatest clay courter ever, win or lose in Buenos Aires. However if he fails to defeat Monaco on Sunday, it will likely lead to increased criticism of the Spaniard, a player who stumbled last week in Rio. A 250-level event is usually a cinch for a player ranked in the Top 5, especially when the event is not contested by any other Top 10 players as ATP Buenos Aires was not.

For Monaco there is much on the line. The title in Buenos Aires, if won through Nadal, would represent a career highlight. Furthermore it would help the Argentine return from obscurity as he is currently ranked just 60th in the world. With his appearance in the final, he can expect a Top 50 ranking on Monday but with a victory he would be closer to a Top 40 position. With a win, Monaco might set his sights on a seed at the Roland Garros later this season.
Berlocq was on the doorstep of snatching the first set in a tie-break after surging to a 6-1 lead, but Nadal fired back, winning eight of the next nine points to grab the opener. After falling behind an immediate break in the second set, Nadal battled back once again, reeling off six straight games to claim the momentum for good.
“I’m happy for Pico, who had long since reached a final,” said Nadal. “It’s a joy to play this decisive match against a friend and for me it is also very important to play my first final of the year here in Buenos Aires, a place where I feel the affection of the people.
“I was serving short in the first set and he (Berlocq) was very aggressive. In the second I was more aggressive and more dynamic with my shots. The tranquility and confidence gave me more energy at the end. I’m happy with the victory.”
Making his first appearance in the Argentina capital in 10 years, Nadal is seeking to win the title at a fourth different Golden Swing tournament, adding to crowns in Acapulco (2005, ’13), Sao Paulo (2005, ’13) and Rio de Janeiro (2014). He brings a 5-1 FedEx ATP Head2Head advantage over Monaco into Sunday’s final, having dropped a combined seven games in their last three encounters. They most recently met at the Mutua Madrid Open last year, where Nadal prevailed 6-1, 6-0.
The singles final from Buenos Aires is scheduled to start not before 2pm on Sunday. Nadal might be considered the crushing favorite (-1200 or 1/12 with bet365) however if Fabio Fognini can beat the Spaniard then Monaco, who is a better player than the Italian, has a fair shot if playing close to his best.
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New article (David Ferrer Takes Yet Another Title With ATP Acapulco 2015 Final) David Ferrer, already a champion in both Rio and Doha, claimed his third title of the 2015 season this weekend. The Spaniard, who entered this week ranked 9th in the world, defeated Kei Nishikori in the ATP Acapulco 2015 final (Abierta Mexicana Telcel) 6-3, 7-5.
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David Ferrer, already a champion in both Rio and Doha, claimed his third title of the 2015 season this weekend. The Spaniard, who entered this week ranked 9th in the world, defeated Kei Nishikori in the ATP Acapulco 2015 final (Abierta Mexicana Telcel) 6-3, 7-5.
Ferrer did not have a difficult draw to the final as he plowed his way through Igor Sijsling, Marinko Matosevic, Bernard Tomic, and Ryan Harrison. All four of those players were unseeded in the event, one that saw both Ivo Karlovic and Grigor Dimitrov take an early exit. However the title in Acapulco is still very significant as Ferrer, who won in Rio last week, claimed his second title in as many weeks.

The Spaniard, who stated that his previous matches had “not been very good” against Nishikori, perhaps did not seem all that optimistic heading into the championship match. Ferrer also stated that Japan’s top player had “changed” both “physically and mentally.” However the former Roland Garros finalist showed some resilience against what might have been pre-match concerns. That he was able to dismiss Nishikori in straight sets shows that Ferrer will be a force in the upcoming clay court season.
The Acapulco event, part of the 500-series on tour, offered 500 ranking points to the tournament winner. Ferrer, thanks to the victory, will supplant Tomas Berdych for the World No. 8 position on Monday. Next up for the Spaniard has to be Indian Wells as Spain is not a part of the World Group for Davis Cup play.
As champion, the 24-time ATP World Tour titlist received $343,000 in prize money and 500 Emirates ATP Ranking points. Nishikori, who is guaranteed to rise to a career-high World No. 4 for reaching the final in Acapulco, received $154,620 in prize money along with 300 Emirates ATP Ranking points.
“Tonight I played my best match this week,” said Ferrer. “For sure. I played very aggressive, without mistakes. I’m very happy. To win here a fourth time is a dream.
“I tried to play my forehand to his forehand and with more energy. In important moments, he made more mistakes and I took my chances. I feel very confident with my tennis now. I’ve won three tournaments this year and we’ve only began the season.”

The World No. 9 grasped an early 3-1 lead in the first set and, after trading breaks with Nishikori, served out the first set at love. Continuing momentum, Ferrer quickly raced to a 3-0 lead in the second set. The 25 year old from Japan was able to get one of the breaks back and later fired a forehand to level the set at 4-all.
Nishikori, even though he faltered in the final, will still ascend in the rankings. Japan’s No. 1 is now the World No. 4 as he will inch above Andy Murray in the standings, a player who has not been playing well post-Melbourne Park.
“There were too many unforced errors,” Nishikori said. “I tried to be aggressive but I was missing too much. Especially with this slower surface, he gets everything. I knew I had to step in a little more, but it wasn’t my day.

“I fought hard from 0-3 (in the second set) and tried to come back, but he was too good. It was definitely a great week, I had some tough matches and it’s always a great feeling coming through to a final.”
Nishikori, a nomination for Japan in this week’s upcoming Davis Cup tie against Canada, is now expected to head to Vancouver, Canada. With Go Soeda, a player with few major victories, as Japan’s No. 2 Nishikori will be counted on to carry the Japanese side. Japan’s top player can also be expected to play in Indian Wells later this month as he is currently on the players list for that event.
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