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For months, I’ve provided content here. I’ve tried to make it entertaining and thought-provoking, fun and intriguing.

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I was nominated for a contest–Hottest Male Publicist in Washington, DC!

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Blog Summer Concert Series #10

Who knew this would go to 10 posts?  So let’s get to the music!

– Michael Buble – “Everything”

– Paul McCartney – “Dance Tonight”

– Paolo Nutini – “New Shoes”

–  No Doubt – “Suspicious Minds” (Elvis Presley cover)

– Red Hot Chili Peppers with George Clinton – “Give It Away”

– Dishwalla – “Counting Blue Cars”

Blog Summer Concert Series #9 – Cover Edition

The summer is heating up, and so is the music! Today’s concert is only of cover songs. Enjoy!

– Paolo Nutini – “Crazy” (Gnarls Barkley cover)

– Charlotte Church and Amy Winehouse – “Beat It” (Michael Jackson cover)

– Panic! At The Disco – “Karma Police” (Radiohead cover)

– Staind – “Black” (Pearl Jam cover)

– Hootie and the Blowfish – “Losing My Religion” (R.E.M. cover)

– Elton John and Axl Rose – “Bohemian Rhapsody” (Queen cover)

Movie Music Videos

Ahhh, Hollywood…bringing us some terrific songs.

– From Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 2: The Secret of the Ooze; “Ninja Rap” by Vanilla Ice

– From Ferris Bueller’s Day Off; Parade Megamix

– From Back to the Future; Johnny Be Goode by Chuck Berry

– Here are TWO from the vastly-underrated Beetlejuice, both by Harry Belafonte…”Day-O” and “Jump in the Line”

– From Anchorman; “Afternoon Delight” by the Starland Vocal Band

And let’s wrap it up with this one!

– From Office Space; “Damn It Feels Good to Be a Gangsta” (potentially offensive language)

The American Dream

Nobody can talk the talk like “The American Dream” Dusty Rhodes.  Seeing him and his son Cody on RAW this past week, with promises of more to come, stoked the fires just a little bit.  New fans may not know about Rhodes and old fans always enjoy a walk or two down memory lane.

So here goes, with some of the interview highlights of Dusty Rhodes – the greatest talker in the business!

Chris Benoit Thoughts, Part 2

As promised, I’m continuing my thoughts here…

I’ve watched my share of “talking head” shows over the past week.  It’s apparent that a lot of people are talking – but very few are listening.

After each new note is posted regarding the investigation, media-types seem to fall over themselves to proclaim THAT as the primary cause.

For instance, the first guess was steroids.  It HAD to be “roid rage!”  A professional wrestler committed a heinous act, so it could NOT have been anything else besides steroids.  Well, nothing about this tragedy implies rage and Benoit passed a recent WWE-sponsored drug test (which may or may not be as legit as you’d want it to be).

Next, it was the fact that Daniel had Fragile X Syndrome that sent Benoit over the edge.  Well, new evidence shows that he DID NOT suffer from that.

This was followed by the evil doctor.  We’re still not sure what went on there.

The thing is, I’m guessing there was not just one thing here to cause this tragedy.  There were probably numerous things going in Benoit’s head, perhaps different substances coursing (or not) through his body.

It’s sad to hear about all the troubles that Benoit had…how erratic his life had become, and apparently, had been for quite some time.  But since he presented himself to his fans and coworkers in a stoic, put-together way, he was not given the help he desperately needed.

If some good can come of this, I hope that it alters the sports entertainment landscape to protect the physical and mental well-being of it’s performers.

Perhaps WWE scales back from 4-5 live events a week to 2-3.  Perhaps they can offer health insurance to their wrestlers.  Perhaps they can have guidance counselors available.

I’ve studied the history of the genre a little bit.  The vast majority of superstars used to travel constantly, but within a smaller region.  Today’s Superstars roam the globe with no break, expected to perform in front of tens of thousands in the arena, in addition to millions on television.  The pressures and rigors — and the stakes — have never been higher.

More Great “The Office” Moments

It’s been a while since I posted some new clips from “The Office,” probably the greatest show on television right now.  So, here goes!  (Feel free to pass these on, Dan!)