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Monday, February 6, 2017

Lady GaGa Gives PHENOMENAL Halftime Performance!

Filed under: Popular Music,Sports and Athletics — Dr. Christopher Blackwell @ 01:32

Lady GaGa literally blew the roof off of NRG Stadium on Sunday, giving an absolutely amazing 13-minute mashup performance of some of her biggest #1 hits, including, “Poker Face,” “Just Dance,” “Telephone,” “Born This Way,” “A Million Reasons,” “Bad Romance,” and more. Critics are praising her performance. Yahoo Entertainment Critic Wendy Geller remarked in her critique of GaGa’s performance, “The show was one of few in recent years that was powered purely on choreography, talent, and pure energy — no special guests, no tricks, and very little effects beyond old-school glow torches and fireworks.” Take a look at Lady GaGa’s entire halftime show, sponsored by Pepsi, below:

Thursday, October 25, 2012

UMASS Football Players Get Awesome Surprise

Filed under: Sports and Athletics — Dr. Christopher Blackwell @ 01:03


Two walk-on football players were greeted by a pair of police officers with life-changing news this season during a team meeting. Watch the video below as two football players  learn they’ve been selected for scholarships for their play on the team. Priceless:

Monday, February 6, 2012

Madonna Gives AMAZING Super Bowl Performance

Filed under: Popular Music,Sports and Athletics — Dr. Christopher Blackwell @ 01:14


The Queen of Pop gave an absolutely incredible Halftime Performance at last night’s Super Bowl contest featuring the Giants vs. The Patriots. She performed songs both old and new with a myriad of guests including M.I.A, LMFAO, and Nicki Minaj. A quick glance of the reviews indicate the vast majority of critics who watched were impressed. People‘s critic Allison Schwartz praised the performance and said in her column “Eli Manning and Tom Brady may know their way around the football field. But on Sunday night, fans could take a break from rooting for different sides to root for the Queen of the Stage!” The video of Madonna’s Super Bowl Halftime Performance is below. Enjoy!
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Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Madonna to Perform for Super Bowl Half-Time Show

Filed under: American Life and Society,Popular Music,Sports and Athletics — Dr. Christopher Blackwell @ 01:35


The Queen of Pop, Madonna, will be the main performer for the Half-Time show for Super Bowl XLVI at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis, IN on February 5th, 2012. Madonna confirmed the news yesterday, although many news outlets were reporting that she was finalizing negotiations to perform in the show late last week. Madonna is, of course, pulling out all the stops for her performance. She is partnering with Cirque Du Soleil, Jamie King, and multimedia artists from Movement Factory to make this the best Super Bowl performance ever. Be sure to watch Madonna’s performance, which will be televised worldwide on February 5th.

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

UCF vs. Charleston Southern Nears

Filed under: Sports and Athletics — Dr. Christopher Blackwell @ 22:32

64044522.jpgThe UCF Football season is getting closer and closer and the September 2nd matchup versus Charleston Southern is looming. The Knights ended their preseason workout schedule today and will take Wednesday off to focus on their Fall coursework. The Knights are coming off their most successful season in program history. They ended the 2010 Season as Conference USA Champions ranked #19 in the Coaches’ Poll, #21 in the USA Today Poll, and #25 in the BCS. The Knights defeated the Georgia Bulldogs in the Liberty Bowl, finishing with an 11-3 record. Kickoff for the UCF vs. Charleston Southern game is set for 7:00 pm at Bright House Networks Stadium on the UCF Campus. The College of Nursing Tailgate will begin at 2:00 pm in the Softball Lot, directly under the “UKNIGHT” sign. Check out the promotional video highlighting the success of 2010 with the hope that 2011 will be just as rewarding below: Pictured: UCF QB Jeff Godfrey at UCF Media Day (Courtesy Orlando Sentinel).

Sunday, January 17, 2010

UF’s Tim Tebow Records Super Bowl Commercial for Anti-Gay Group

Filed under: Politics,Religion,Sports and Athletics — Dr. Christopher Blackwell @ 17:14

View Image  Tim Tebow, the University of Florida Gators’ quarterback for the last several seasons, has filmed a Christian-themed anti-abortion commercial for an organization with strong anti-gay ties. The ad, costing nearly $3-million, will air during this year’s Super Bowl and provides the following anti-abortion message by Tebow’s mother: “Pam Tebow contacted amoebic dysentery while on a Philippines mission, and the bacterial infection sent her into a coma. Upon recovery, doctors urged Pam to have an abortion because of the damage to her body. Tebow was born healthy on Aug. 14, 1987.” The ad is being paid for by Focus on the Family, who over the years has funneled millions of dollars to fight equality legislation for GLBT Americans. Most recently, the group donated nearly $1 million to strip-away marriage equality rights in California’s Proposition 8 ballot initiative. Hmmm… Nearly $4 million spent on promoting conservative social policies which strip away the rights of women and minorities…That’s a lot of money that could’ve been spent on helping the homeless, researching cures for cancer, or providing healthcare to the poor…What Would Jesus Do?

Tuesday, August 4, 2009

Lou Holtz Considering Bid for Florida Congressional Seat

Filed under: Politics,Sports and Athletics — Dr. Christopher Blackwell @ 03:35

Former Notre Dame football coach and current ESPN commentator Lou Holtz is considering a run for the US Congress in Central Florida. Holtz would run as a Republican against newly-elected Democrat Suzanne Kosmas. As the Orlando Sentinel reported, if Holtz runs, he would join an already-crowded GOP primary field that includes two state legislators and a Winter Park city commissioner. Still, even at the age of 72, the prospect of Holtz getting in has Republicans buzzing about his fundraising ability and aura of celebrity. Suzanne Kosmas replaced the corrupt Republican dolt Tom Fenney in the 2008 election and thus far, she has been an outstanding Representative for Central Florida. I have personally contacted her office 4 times, urging her to vote for important legislation related to healthcare reform and GLBT civil rights. Each time, she has responded in-favor of initiatives which are reversing the horrendous trend set by Fenney. While I am a fan of Holtz for his college football insight, I am NOT in-favor of having him elected to an office that requires a progressive and intelligent policymaker. Holtz has been a staunch Republican (even providing an hour-long pep talk to Republican politicians after their largescale defeats in 2007) and has also been in hot-water for recently labeling Adolf Hitler as a “great leader.” Now is not the time to elect conservative Republican celebrities to Congress. We need to continue forward-progress and thus far, Suzanne Kosmas has shown she is just the person to bring-forth the change we so desperately need.

Tuesday, June 9, 2009

Magic Return to Orlando for Playoffs

Filed under: Sports and Athletics — Dr. Christopher Blackwell @ 02:46

Go to fullsize imageNBA East Division Champions the Orlando Magic are returning to O-Town tonight to take on the LA Lakers in Game 3 of the NBA Finals. The Magic were crushed in Game 1 and brought Game 2 into OT only to lose in an absolute heartbreaker. Tipoff is @ 9pm at Amway Arena. BLUE AND WHITE IGNITE!!! GO MAGIC!!! See-you there!

Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Burnett a Steeler

Filed under: Sports and Athletics,UCF Sports — Dr. Christopher Blackwell @ 02:43

central_florida.gifUCF standout running back “Smokin'” Joe Burnett was drafted in the 5th round of the NFL draft on Sunday and will go from being a Knight to a Steeler. While at UCF, Burnett broke record after record and was the standout player on the 2008 squad after the departure of now Detroit Lion Kevin Smith. In addition to Burnett, Sha’reff Rashad reached an agreement with the New York Giants, Patrick Brown reached a deal with the Carolina Panthers and Jason Venson reached a deal with the Cleveland Browns. It’s great to see 4 more UCF Knights ascending from the NCAA into the NFL! GO KNIGHTS!!!


Thursday, April 16, 2009

So Long, Oscar

Filed under: Sports and Athletics — Dr. Christopher Blackwell @ 00:31

oscar1.jpgLongtime boxer and founder of Golden Boy Promotions Oscar De La Hoya announced Tuesday he is retiring from the sport. I’ve always admired De La Hoya for his athleticism, but more importantly, his down-to-earth personality,  integrity, and unwillingness to sink to his opponents’ often unsportsmanlike behavior and antics. Fans got an intimate portrayal of Oscar the boxer and person in the last season of HBO’s  24/7, which followed the Golden Boy as he prepared for his fight against Floyd Mayweather. Mayweather showed his disrespect and arrogant attitude by continuously demeaning Oscar both personally and publicly; but De La Hoya never brought himself down to Mayweather’s level.

Unfortunately, he lost that fight in a very close and drawn-out battle. Oscar De La Hoya has won 10 world titles in 6 divisions. But more recently, Oscar has seen his performance decline. He has lost 4 of his last 7 fights and hasn’t beaten a top-contender since Fernando Vargas in 2002. Said De La Hoya, “This is the love of my life, boxing is my passion, boxing is what I was born to do. When I can’t do it anymore, when I can’t compete at the highest level, it’s not fair. It’s not fair to me, it’s not fair to the fans, it’s not fair to nobody.” In the end, Oscar’s wife helped him make his decision, saying she made him “realize what life is all about.” Oscar De La Hoya will be missed. But I am sure his promotions company will continue to make an impact on the sport of boxing for some time to come.

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