Episode 457 – 23/07/06 #UnitedStatesOfGuamerica

The gang is all here to discuss the frustrations at #TFClive, the meh of the #CanMNT in the Gold Cup, talk about a new kit, a bit Women’s World Cup, look ahead to Toronto vs St. Louis, Canada vs US in the Gold Cup knock-outs, and the usual malarkey. In this episode Duncan rages over the mathematics of squad numbers in one substitution, Tony is just making up players names (again), Mark made a joke prediction in a podcast months ago and it sorta came true, and Kristin was insistent that it was ‘talc’ soft (yeah, go look it up).

Show Rundown

  • Segment 1: What’s been happening (8m44s)
  • Segment 2: What we’re talking about (50m01s)
  • Segment 3: What’s coming up (1h32m43s)

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Author: Mark Hinkley

Mark is a full-time graphic designer, full-time smart ass and full-time logo, stadium and kit nerd. When he isn't writing ridiculous match reports or redesigning logos for his own amusement, he's salivating over the day that promotion and relegation occurs in MLS. You can follow him @kitnerdmark on the twitterz.

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  1. Toronto has a history of underperforming teams. The reality I fear it seems almost a natural state.

    On the other hand,
    Forge only has one win in the past five games!

    I expect Vocal Minority to send someone to the Hamilton region and investigate the strange goings on. They seem to have lost their way. Check every alley, abandoned building and the lake shore.

    They were once seen at the top of the hill. It’s concerning that Vocal Minority is silent on this.

    Speaking of Silent Hill…

    Of course everyone remembers the classic horror survival game Silent Hill. It was released in 1999 for the original Playstation. It heralded a new direction for videogames that emphasized adult themes. A more psychological horror style with a dark atmosphere. Definitely not a game for everyone. It pushed the perception of what video games could be.

    Most people are unaware of the movie adaptation and its sequel. A film based on the game was inevitable since the first three games of the Silent Hill series had a cult like following.

    At the time the producers were looking for a suitable location for filming a movie based on such a disturbing game. Hollywood executives know a thing or two about evil. Even the devil himself cringed on hearing stories of their infamous behavior. So they have the talent to find the right spot.

    It isn’t easy finding an area that evokes terror. A place of creeping desolation. A land without hope and a bleakness that few residents can handle. A place that seems very natural that abominations can perform their unspeakable acts. A place that all but a few lost souls avoid at all costs. A place that an evil cult can stay without anyone hindering their diabolical plans. A place that welcomes forbidden rituals.

    You may ask yourself did they find such a place? A place that fits the bill to a tee? A place that doesn’t need much window dressing to be seen as a town devoid of humanity? It isn’t for me to say, some say the choice was a wise one…

    The executives decided this area would fit quite nicely. They cut down many candidates that seemed perfect, yet the chosen area was…

    Hamilton and Brantford.

    Some folks from Toronto venture down and cross the forbidden zone to the Hamilton region and its surrounding communities. They did not heed the warnings.

    Those who make it back, tell tales of unparalleled horror. It will shake even the bravest man. The greatest nightmare of all…


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  2. You may not be aware but I am familiar with Joe Rogan from long ago…

    I am an old school hardcore MMA fan. I remember the old days when it was referred to as NHB or no holds barred. It was very important for modernizing martial arts which can be steeped in mysticism. Some people think Bloodsport is a documentary, no matter what Frank Dux says (he STILL spouts nonsense stories about the kumite that the movie is supposed to be based on.)

    Rogan did some interviews for the early UFC pay per views and was also a fan of MMA.

    I as many MMA fans posted on the old Underground forum in the old days back when few people knew what the UFC was and Joe Rogan was a complete unknown even if you watched the old News Radio sitcom.

    Joe Rogan did post on the off topic section (known as the Otherground). This was even before Fear Factor show and before Zuffa (Dana White/Fertitta brothers) bought UFC from SEG which was the original promoters of the iconic combat sports pay per view.

    He posted about creating an online talk show so many years ago. He would banter and discuss almost anything with anyone on that forum. He was one of the first people that I remember using the term podcasts. And he certainly discussed working on the concept of the Fear Factor show on that forum.

    I would occasionally tease him. I remember typing something on the lines of,”Joe you talk about being grounded. This is what you should do. Go outside to the yard and get down to the ground and pull the weeds, NOT smoke them! Knowing you, you probably will end up eating any weird mushrooms you find.” I must of used that joke multiple times. I definitely remember him mentioning “not walking the red carpet” which I countered with the remark that someone is going to pull it from under him, and roll him up in it.

    What shocking is I didn’t know how famous he has become. My eyes virtually popped out when I read,”Joe Rogan is one of the most influential people in America.” What?! That goof! Are Americans that desperate for guidance?!

    Back then I would debate with him on drug use which he was open about. Him being honest must of made him very credible to the average public. So you can understand why his podcast is popular, I personally haven’t listened to it other than the odd clip of him.

    I will give him credit he didn’t have a problem back in the day bantering with regular people on the internet. I would send him private messages on that forum a few times. Sometimes whimsical and sometimes serious.

    The last interaction I remember was when the UFC women’s division started and Ronda Rousey was obviously more popular than expected. I had basically said it confirmed my thoughts that women’s pro sports was an untapped market that only tennis and soccer had capitalized on. MMA being too violent for women was the wrong way to think because of the amount of young women I have seen at movie theaters watching gory horror movies.

    I kid you not I discussed with him about Christine Sinclair and her at the youth World cup in Edmonton that had a large attendance that surprised many. I must of discussed with him the lack of coverage in Canada, what was considered fringe sports such as soccer and MMA. Without access to the internet you get little or no awareness of many things that the mainstream press decides isn’t worth mentioning.

    I had previously had encouraged him to talk about women’s MMA, since it was obvious to me it was going to happen eventually in the UFC despite what Dana White (the president) had publicly said. He seemed to understand the potential, pragmatic reasons and even idealistic reasons for having women in the UFC. Today women’s MMA is one of the few professional sports you can become a millionaire if you become one of the few elite champions.

    Rogan always seemed willing to listen to different opinions even from a random fellow from Canada. So I can’t talk ill of him as many do today.

    These days it seems almost impossible that wealth and fame has not changed the way he thinks.

    If it’s your cup of tea. I recommend you check out the YouTube channel, Napoleon Blownapart. I suggest you watch the video, “Head movement-The Edmond Tarverdyan story” or “The Catastrophic combat career of CM Punk” or “Pride never die.”

    Napoleon Blownapart puts together alot of quality content. A good fusion of humor and serious takes on MMA and combat sports. Spliced in with some memes, video game bits, nostalgia and old music. He is starting to grow a strong fanbase with his videos which he obviously spends alot of time working on.

    He is one of the few fellows I have interacted online with and commented on other than Vocal Minority. On another handle other than Mr Fishhead…

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