My Friday Five: Powerball, Playoffs & As Told By Ginger Reboot?1/15/2016
Photo: Chris White 1. Powerball During the past week, the Powerball jackpot got near and, eventually, eclipsed the $1 billion mark....
2. Bengals/Steelers Disgrace
Both teams racked up $64,000 in fines since the game, including Jones, and Burfict has been suspended for three games. Some of the other fines included: Steelers linebacker coach, Joey Porter, being fined $10,000 for coming onto the field after the aforementioned hit by Burfict; two Bengals defensive linemen being fined about $9,000 each for penalties and - get this - Steelers coach, Mike Munchak, being hit with a $10,000 fine for pulling the Bengals' Reggie Nelson's hair during the game, according to Cincinnati.com.
Where has sportsmanship gone? I mean, for real. Especially in the NFL this season. This will continue to be a problem until something more is done than just fining players a piddly amount of money - to them- for their actions. Most players and coaches in the League get paid millions of dollars and some choose to act like fools on the field. If I was a league official, coach, what have you, I'd say it's either put up or shut up. Policies need to be changed to where the players and coaches who choose to act like children are suspended for several games and fined, not just $10,000, but at least $50,000 depending on severity of the offense. I'm tired of this selfish, childish BS ruining the game.
The Carolina Panthers begin the road to the Super Bowl on Sunday. The NFL got what it wanted with a Seahawks/Panthers matchup, with the winner going to the NFC Championship. Now, if you know me, the team I hate the most is Duke. The Seahawks are right up there with Duke - I'll say Duke is 1-A and Seattle is 1-B. And Seahawks fans have been hard at work doing what they do best: trash talking. All week, I've seen posts on social media from supposed Seattle fans talking a bunch of BS about the Panthers and the team's fans.
There is one type of these posts that I'd like to personally address: calling Panthers fans bandwagon fans. For those who may not know what "bandwagon" fans are, these are people who start following a team when the team is playing well. I've seen some Seahawks fans say that many Panthers fans are bandwagoners and that, quite frankly, pisses me off. Let this be known to not just Seahawks fans but NFL fans alike: do not ever call me a bandwagon fan. I was born and raised in North Carolina and I've been a Panthers fan for more than a decade. I pulled for the team when it played in its first Super Bowl in 2004 and I continued watching games and supporting the team, even through the unsuccessful seasons. If I had all the money in the world, I would get season tickets to games as well, but I have watched all games on television this season and in seasons past.
That being said, it's a new season for Carolina. 15-1 is in the past. The Panthers are 0-0 now. All it takes is three wins for a Super Bowl championship. Time to prove all the haters and naysayers wrong.
The nominations announcement always gets critics and fans up in arms each year. It seems like the criticism has hit a fever pitch this year, however, as The Atlantic reported that this is the first time in 19 years that "the Oscars have been this white" - meaning the plethora of Caucasian actors, directors, etc. being nominated and many of color getting snubbed. This is also the first time since 1999 that all directors and screenwriters nominated are men, according to The Atlantic. Both are sad trends that continue to perpetuate the film industry even today. Not saying that a person is entitled to get a nomination based on race or sex alone but, at the same time, something more should be done to better showcase and/or position people of color or of the opposite sex for awards nominations if they deserve them. It's time for the film industry to join the 21st century.
Social media went berserk earlier this week with news that the beloved Nickelodeon series, As Told By Ginger, would get the reboot treatment and make a return to television in 2017. Ginger aired from 2000-2006 and was touted for its "progressive storytelling" of the turbulent adolescence of Ginger Foutley, according to Fuse. Ginger was nominated for three Emmys as well. The news about the show's revival was first reported by MoviePilot, but that post was later deleted and so began a whirlwind of conversation and skepticism that it would even happen. A few days after the MoviePilot post, a Nickelodeon official told several news outlets that a reboot of the show was not in the works after all. Boo!
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