Worse News: Operation Kakogoliro: Ugandan Expendables!!!

In a lot of ways Expendables successfully rekindled people’s love for old- school action flicks and we are seeing a bigger and bigger tidal waves of EX inspired films like Asylum’s female mercenaries riff Mercenaries and recent Mark Dacascos’s directing debut Showdown in Manila (with Casper Van Dien , Matthias Hues, Cary Tagawa and Olivier Gruner) but the newest one is perhaps the most intriguing.

Dacascos and company, coming soon!

Coming straight from the slums of Wakaliwood, famed no- budget action director Isaac Nabwana is presenting his grandest opus to date. Combining all the the action stars of Uganda (not that many I know) into one place Operation Kakogoliro aka Ugandan Expendables promises all the kicks, punches, gunshots and explosions we can handle.

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Also, IGG is trying to seriously step up production values so he made a Kickstarter and Patreon page for Ramon Film Production. Campaign is of course a success and we can expect too more additional movies too- Tebaatusasula: EBOLA (the sequel to the original Wakaliwood hit) and Eaten Alive In Uganda ( their foray into Canibal genre).

You can donate on Patreon here. https://www.patreon.com/wakaliwood?ty=h In the meantime, enjoy this trailer!
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Yes, Justin Timberlake will headline the halftime performance at the Super Bowl in 2018.

No, there is no word on whether Janet Jackson will make an appearance. The incident in Houston 14 years ago has been referenced often since Timberlake was announced as the halftime performer, but don’t expect history to repeat itself in Minneapolis.

P!nk’s performance of the national anthem in Minneapolis will be her first time appearing on the Super Bowl stage.

P!nk joins the ranks of many performers who have sung the Super Bowl national anthem, including Luke Bryan, Lady Gaga, Idina Menzel, Renée Fleming, Alicia Keys, Billy Joel, Diana Ross, Neil Diamond, Whitney Houston, Harry Connick, Jr., Garth Brooks, Natalie Cole, Vanessa Williams, Luther Vandross, Cher, Faith Hill, Mariah Carey, Dixie Chicks, Beyoncé Knowles, Christina Aguilera and many more. (A complete list of national anthem performers from past Super Bowls is listed below.)

In addition, on behalf of the National Association of the Deaf (NAD), actor and director Alexandria Wailes will perform in American sign language both the national anthem and “America The Beautiful.”

The opening song in this halftime performance features young girls in cheerleading costumes singing:

“You’ve got to be a football hero, to get along with the beautiful girls. You’ve got to be a touchdown getter you bet, if you want to get, a cutie to pet.”

The 1995 Super Bowl halftime show, produced by Disney, was meant to help build a buzz around the new Indiana Jones Adventure ride at Disneyland. With the random addition of Patti LaBelle and Tony Bennett, it ended up being one of the most strange, confusing and hilarious halftime performances of all time.

We can thank this halftime show for pushing the NFL to become more of a halftime concert than a Broadway production. Michael Jackson performed his halftime show the following year.
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In April, the NFL figured these two games would be important and feature at least two big-draw QBs, Aaron Rodgers and Andrew Luck.

That he disrobed Janet Jackson, violently yanking at her leather jacket to expose one of her breasts during 2004’s halftime, clearly doesn’t strike the NFL as a deterrent from an encore engagement. More likely, it seems a marketing ploy to create a buzz then to stick with this halftime show in anticipation of, well, you never know.

The NFL’s high-bar is so low that after Seattle’s Doug Baldwin scored in the 2015 Super Bowl, his sense of “spontaneous fun” was to use the football to mime an end-zone defecation. He remained in the game.

The NFL will now pay Goodell in excess of $40 million per year to keep on keeping on, as if big-business folks — team owners — are blissfully unaware that there has never been a graph with a growth line that points straight up.

As if the NFL isn’t now bleeding from the abandonment of clear-headed folks who can no longer suffer what the NFL has become, from foresight-barren replay rules, to mindlessly excessive, remorseless brutality that incites ritual group joy among teammates — mostly full scholarship college men who behave, on and off the clock, like incorrigible, self-entitled, immodest, undignified adolescents, though frequently charged as adults.

Rodgers, out with shoulder surgery since Oct. 15, was back but didn’t play because the Packers were eliminated. Luck, injured, hasn’t played all season for the now-3-12 Colts.

The 49ers were dreadful on defense in 2016 and have no answer at safety opposite former LSU product Eric Reid. New GM John Lynch might see a little of himself in Adams, who will infuse this defense with some life and energy and become an immediate leader on that side of the ball. Not to mention, he will aid both the league’s worst pass defense and the 14th-ranked run defense from his safety position.

“Tarik Cohen just returned a punt 132 yards for a touchdown!” Siciliano proclaims on the air. On his next check of Twitter, a viewer tells him he was close, that Cohen had run 127 yards, prompting Siciliano to ask Thibault if any advanced metrics had been released for the play. When CBS finally shows the comet-trail replay, Siciliano shouts, “C.mon, get to 132, get to 132!” The yardage counter stops at 127.bills_028

Just 1 in 39 NFL players was born in a foreign country.

It turns out that the league with the most native-born players is also the league with the most protests. Maybe — just maybe — the NFL is a hub of political and social expression not because it is full of players who don’t love or care about the country but because it is full of players who do.

And maybe — just maybe — hockey players have abstained from demonstrations (save for J.T. Brown of the Tampa Bay Lightning) not because they are more patriotic than their counterparts on the gridiron but because they are somewhat detached from the politics of a country they did not grow up in and, in many cases, they live in on a part-time basis or not at all. (Seven of the NHL’s 31 teams are based in Canada.)

Jones: Inside linebacker’s a definite need. They could use another guy with range and playmaking ability both against the run and pass rush. But I don’t know that there’s really a position on defense they shouldn’t consider. I’d even take a long look at Southern California cornerback Adoree’ Jackson if he’s there and the others are not. Some believe he’s the best cornerback in the draft. He’s a little smaller at 5 feet 10, 186 pounds, but he’d do well covering slot receivers, and nickelback certainly was an area where Washington struggled to find consistency last year.

A redshirt-junior, Lee is a 6-4 pocket-passer who transferred to Nebraska after starting his career at Tulane. Arriving to the Senior Bowl to replace Mason Rudolph, Lee has the body type, arm talent, and college flash to impress in the practice setting.

Still, Lee has struggled to consistently finish in the midfield as a passer, too often throwing off balance and struggling to adjust off his first read. His inconsistency in one offense seems to have hurt him, but I wouldn’t be surprised if NFL teams consider his potential as a developmental Day 3 prospect — based on his Senior Bowl play.

A three-year starter at Richmond, Lauletta was a lightly recruiting high school quarterback who, after playing some as a freshman, earned his starting role as a redshirt-sophomore. Despite four different offensive coordinators during his time in college, Lauletta has proven adaptable to multiple systems and has still shown next-level mental aptitude and processing. As a 6-2 passer, Lauletta has a well-built frame to stand tall and deliver throws with poise and adequate vision.cowboys_102

Down 24-7 at the half, Vikings fans were left wondering what happened to the team’s stellar defense.

After shutting out New Orleans in the first half of last week’s Minneapolis Miracle classic, the Vikings finished the season allowing 62 points over their final six quarters — after allowing just 17 points over their previous 14 periods of play. Sunday’s 38 points, 456 total yards and 346 passing yards allowed all marked season-highs for a Vikings defense that seemed magical just a fortnight ago.

While Malcolm Jenkins and the Eagles put on a clinic in open-field tackling, the Vikings were a seething mess in pass protection. After allowing a third-down conversion rate of only 25.2 percent this season — tops in the NFL and the lowest third-down conversion rate allowed since at least 1991 — the Vikings gave way as Minnesota converted an outrageous 10-of-14 third-down snaps.

It has been 18 years since Brady first arrived in New England, and there is an end of days feel to this season. Brady is 40, and the Patriots are going to have to replace two coordinators and perhaps more of their staff in the coming weeks. They have churned through players and coaches before — Lawyer Milloy, Richard Seymour, Romeo Crennel, Charlie Weis — and survived, but in 2016, when the Patriots and Brady overcame his four-game suspension, there was a hard edge of vengeance about the season. On Sunday, Brady was more relaxed and reflective, unburdened by controversy and understandably relieved. His physical and mental toughness is unquestioned, but as much as Brady is currently winning the battle against time, it eventually comes for all athletes.

Among the vast records maintained by Sports Reference are the birthplaces of virtually every athlete ever to play in the National Football League, Major League Baseball, the National Hockey League and the National Basketball Association (and, pre-merger, the American Basketball Association). A Fix review of the data shows that the overwhelming majority, 84.5 percent, of hockey players who have appeared in NHL games were foreign-born. Additionally, 1 in 9 MLB players was foreign-born, and the rate in pro basketball is 1 in 10.

And while there are rumblings that the reason Miami soured on him involve his personality, as a player I really like him: he’s a big man who can cut and run over people. This will wind up a strong move for his fantasy value.cowboys_092

The Chargers wasted no time Thursday unveiling a new logo depicting an interlocking L and A with a lightning bolt.

Last month, the New York Times’ Upshot blog found that the NFL has become one of the most divisive brands in the United States as it seeks common ground between a player population that is predominantly black and a fan base that is mostly white. In addition to the league’s other negative headlines, TV ratings have dropped and were not helped by lackluster games on Thanksgiving Day.

It was promptly skewered on social media, including by the NHL’s Tampa Bay Lightning.

That trend continued with this year’s first hire, as the Jacksonville Jaguars promoted interim coach and former offensive assistant Doug Marrone.

Joseph spent this season as Gase’s defensive coordinator in Miami. The Dolphins ranked only 29th in the NFL in total defense. And Joseph’s defense did not fare particularly well in Sunday’s 30-12 defeat at Pittsburgh in the opening round of the AFC playoffs.

But Joseph’s reputation as a rising star in the coaching ranks went mostly unaffected. Broncos front office chief John Elway seemed to zero in on Joseph and Shanahan after also interviewing Kansas City’s special teams coordinator, Dave Toub. When Joseph did not leave for a planned interview with the Chargers, it was clear that Elway had settled on his man.

Even though CTE can only be diagnosed after death, Baez, the attorney, said Thursday he wished Hernandez had undergone more extensive testing while still alive.

“I will say for lawyers representing athletes of contact sports, that this is something that you should definitely consider having your clients take some of the presumptive tests that are available,” he said. “It is something that we considered as a team, but did not pursue simply because his defense was one of actual innocence and not one of mitigation. It’s something I deeply regret.”
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The Cavaliers were blowing out the Orlando Magic, winning by 22 at the half, before blowing the lead and barely holding on for a one-point win.

As expected, Isaiah Thomas had his best game in a Cavaliers uniform on Thursday, scoring 21 points with 4 assists, 3 rebounds, 3 3-pointers and 2 steals in 30 minutes of action. Derrick Rose also got back on the court for the first time since early November, scoring 9 points with 3 rebounds, 1 assist and 1 blocked shot in 13 minutes off the bench.

The entire perimeter unit of the Lakers are on the injury report for Friday. Lonzo Ball (knee) and Kentavious Caldwell-Pope (Achilles) are both listed as out, and Brandon Ingram (ankle) and Kyle Kuzma (finger) are listed as questionable. Players like Josh Hart, Jordan Clarkson or Tyler Ennis could be in for bigger roles. If either/both of the forwards sit, players like Larry Nance Jr. or Julius Randle could also see more action than usual.

Brandon LaFell, WR, Bengals: He’s coming off his best game of the season, and while the consensus is to temper expectations when facing the Broncos’ defense, it’s time to accept that Denver is not playing that great defensively. The Broncos have lost five straight (including at home vs. the Giants) and have surrendered at least 21 points in all of those contests. If you’re in a jam, LaFell is not a great option, but he’s starting for a decent enough offense and should be given consideration.

It was another distressing Sunday in an NFL season whose disturbance and cruelty has managed consistently to overshadow thrills and fun. The big headline was the feared loss of Carson Wentz to a torn anterior cruciate ligament for the remainder of the season. The lasting, unshakable image was Tom Savage lying prone, his hands vibrating in an involuntary fashion, before somehow reentering the game minutes later. Elsewhere, a Seattle Seahawks player attempted to climb into the stands in Jacksonville to fight a fan who had thrown a drink at him.

Underneath another serving of misery, hope for a more enjoyable future pulsed. While injuries and controversies have dominated the season, the NFL still may be partially redeemed by a showcase hinted at Sunday. The rain clouds over the season may be able to ruin anything, but right now the NFC playoffs appear to be as can’t-miss as can’t-miss could be. Barring a letdown, they are going to be great.cowboys_030

Seahawks steal Ken Norton Jr. away from 49ers as part of coaching staff overhaul

Ken Norton Jr.’s time as the 49ers’ assistant head coach/defense and inside linebackers coach lasted just one week as the Seahawks stole him away Monday and named him their defensive coordinator, KING TV reported.

Norton will replace Kris Richard, who has been with Seattle the last eight seasons, including the last three as defensive coordinator. He will join new offensive coordinator Brian Schottenheimer as part of the new-look Seattle coaching staff under Pete Carroll. Schottenheimer replaces the fired Darrell Bevell.

That very success, in fact, is where the fissures in the franchise may have begun, ESPN poses in a paragraph that encapsulates what it says could be evolving into an untenable situation:

That’s my glass-half-full-of-teal-colored-beer perspective Sunday of Jaguars quarterback Blake Bortles from EverBank Stadium, where the specialty brew created to commemorate Jacksonville’s first home playoff game in 18 years sold out at the end of the first quarter.

Bortles’ performance could turn teetotalers into souses. But it’s the fan base known for alcohol-fueled shenanigans that will be drowning its sorrows, because Buffalo’s QB play was even worse.

Still, this team went through a barrage of injuries similar to this last season and went as far as the conference semifinals, there’s at least that.2 of 1st period – Toews wins face-off versus Stastny Stars zone.It was idiotic.Beasley was playing well prior to going down, but given that he’ll likely be brought along slowly once he is eventually cleared to play, there’s not much incentive to onto him most leagues.Positive plays usually result third-and-short situations, which gives you better opportunities to sustain drives and score points.

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Just because Brown was a full participant, though, doesn’t mean he will play. According to the Pittsburgh Post-Dispatch, cornerback Joe Haden came back from an injury the week of the Patriots game with no restrictions in practice, but did not play against New England.

Tomlin was also cautions in saying how quickly they are bringing Brown along.patriots_099_fd3c60b1a9edcf57-180x180

Nashville TV station lists Marcus Mariota as ‘QB-RB-WR-OL’ after do-it-all performance vs. Chiefs

Marcus Mariota’s versatility helped the Titans overcome an 18-point deficit to beat the Kansas City Chiefs in the AFC Wild Card Round on Saturday.

In the game, Mariota did what we’re used to seeing him (and many other quarterbacks) do. He threw the ball, and would scamper on the occasional run.

But he also caught a touchdown pass, and threw a block for Derrick Henry. That prompted NBC 4 in Nashville to give Mariota credit for all of his hard work in the chyron

He was also considered one of the frontrunners for the job with the San Francisco 49ers a year ago that eventually went to John Lynch.

Gutekunst may not have been the Packers’ first choice. A promotion from within isn’t surprising for Green Bay, but the team may have been interested in an outside hire before making the promotion.

They swung for the fences first by requesting to interview Seattle Seahawks GM John Schneider, but they were turned down.

Gutekunst may be the Packers settling, but that doesn’t mean it’s a bad hire. Green Bay just tried to pull off a home run first.

Sacksonville will be in full force defensively, and the Jaguars also will be in business offensively. It’s Fournette and the league’s top rushing attack against the Bills’ No. 29 run defense, which became especially bad after trading tackle Marcell Dareus to the Jaguars during the season.

As for Randy Moss, Matt Hasselbeck, Charles Woodson, Steve Young and the rest of the Sunday NFL Countdown and Monday Night Countdown casts, they still need to prove they can replace Chris Berman, Tom Jackson, Keyshawn Johnson, Mike Ditka and the old gang. So far, they have not.

I think he’d be the best player to ever play up here, Jones, who also has extensive NFL and college coaching experience, told CFL.ca in Decenber. He can throw it and he can run it like nobody ever has been able to do.

One more story: On the field at Minute Maid Park after ALCS Game 6, in which ace Justin Verlander pitched seven shutout innings to stave off elimination, Altuve, never more boyishly excited, said during a live interview on Fox, “I literally love Justin Verlander.” His enthusiasm and word choice sparked a meme.

The next night, immediately after Houston beat the Yankees to win the pennant, the players gathered in the clubhouse in front of tubs packed with champagne. Altuve was the one to speak.patriots_086_aa4196cc08ec6837-180x180

Brett Favre wants his grandkids in ‘safer’ sport than football

Brett Favre has taken his fair share of hits over his Hall of Fame career resulting in multiple concussions, torn biceps and a broken thumb — injuries he doesn’t wish on anyone, especially his grandchildren.

Favre, 48, told the CBS Sports Pick Six Podcast on Tuesday he hopes his grandsons chose safer sports than football if they try out for athletics.

Tomlin’s dubious decisions continued to include failing to overrule two terrible calls on essential fourth-and-inches situations. He then chose to follow his gut which told him his defense had been terrible and the 1-in-10 chance of recovering an onside kick was greater than getting a three-and-out and wound up handing Jacksonville a clinching field goal.

“I was like, Hey, I didn’t play really good in this playoff, but that was everything I had,” recalls Altuve, who had hit .154.

Says Hinch, “I felt it was my job to tell him he was the reason we were there. There was great pride in him. It was the first time he experienced winning in the big leagues. I knew how much it meant to him.

“At that moment, I felt like I had the perfect player on my team: Someone who deflects the praise but accepts the blame. I didn’t want him to carry the burden. [This fall], as we got ready to play Boston, I wondered if he would carry 2015 into the postseason.”

The answer? Altuve hit three home runs in Game 1.

So clutch was Altuve in the playoffs that when asked about his biggest hit he started down a cascade of memories, beginning with the three-run homer he hit off Kenta Maeda to tie World Series Game 5.

This might be the best game of the weekend and is also a rematch of sorts from a regular-season game. The Saints were dealt a 29-19 defeat in their last trip to U.S. Bank Stadium, but that was in Week 1 when the Saints still had Adrian Peterson. The Vikings also look different after quarterback Sam Bradford and rookie running back Dalvin Cook were lost for the season with knee injuries.

For the record, Kaelin Clay dropped the first-quarter touchdown. Devin Funchess lost track of the throw in the final minute, or something. The Panthers offensive line became turnstiles at the wrong times. McCaffrey scored the touchdown that got the Panthers back into the game, but he also got manhandled on the block that led to the intentional grounding call.
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Falcons vs. Rams: Score, results, highlights from wild-card game in LA

When Rams quarterback Jared Goff took the field against the Falcons on Saturday night in the wild-card round, he was one of four NFL quarterbacks making postseason debuts this year. But the inexperience for Goff and the Los Angeles offense contributed to its 26-13 defeat at the hand of Atlanta.

The bombshell nature of the piece is evident in that reports that it would be published, and what its substance might be (some described it as a hit job), surfaced late Thursday, ahead of when the article went live.

He is one of four rookies in NFL history to have at least five rushing and five receiving TDs, joining three Pro Football Hall of Famers Doak Walker (1950), Charley Taylor (1964) and Gale Sayers (1964).

But Durant was only one of many compelling actors in the NBA’s theatre this year. In hindsight, 2017 had just about everything a basketball fan could want, minus a competitive postseason. To compensate for all those blowouts and sweeps in late April and May, the NBA captivated audiences with shocking statistical achievements, a slew of blockbuster trades, near-daily doses of trash talk on social media, and pointed activism.

With that in mind, here’s a chronological rundown of the NBA’s top 10 defining moments of 2017, a list that aims to capture the bigger themes driving the league’s present, its future and its widening reach.

Two seasons ago, Rothman offered the job to McDonough when longtime host Mike Tirico left the network for NBC Sports. Rothman delivered a message from Gruden when he met with McDonough at his Scottsdale, Ariz. home to discuss the job. He said he had three questions from Jon, McDonough recalls, Are you willing to work? Do you love football? Do you want to be great?

And I think that kind of characterizes him. I think the things that he became legendary for, and I learned it to be true, is the work ethic. I’d get texts from him about some game on our schedule and I’m like, Oh my goodness… We’re not on the air for three months, coach.

5. The showcase is also a great chance for the basketball industry to network and schmooze, even more so than summer league in Las Vegas. It’s also a big opportunity for international teams to scout a lot of talent at once. Everyone’s more relaxed because there aren’t many GMs here, one team exec explained on the event’s first day.
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