Monthly Archives: January 2015

Fight Theater: Mortal Kombat Deception Kongquest longplay

“Mortal Kombat Deception” is one of my favorite fighting games. Today’s theater features a long play of the Konquest mode in eight parts – again, something I really enjoyed. I know some fans of the franchise aren’t big on Deception, but I liked the story between Shunjinko and Onaga.

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If you get a chance to play Deception on Playstation 2, you should go for it. I think it has a solid storyline and I would love to see Onaga and Shujinko in the upcoming Mortal Kombat sequels.


Bridgewater wins Pepsi Rookie of the Year

I got a nice email this morning regarding Minnesota Vikings rookie quarterback Teddy Bridgewater.

Bridgewater was named the “Pepsi Rookie of the Year.” According to the email, Bridgewater was the quarterback among the five nominees. He went on to thank the fans for their support.

“This award means a lot to me. I’m glad to have the fan base that I have,” Bridgewater said. “They’re the reason I was even in consideration for this award. To be able to play the game is one thing, but to also have fan base is another and I’m very appreciative for that. Playing in The Bank this year – TCF Bank Stadium – hearing those fans chant my name, that was an amazing feeling. Also being able to go out and live out my dream, be able to complete my first season in the NFL was always a childhood dream of mine, so everything paid off.”

As a Vikings fan – especially one living in Washington state – I couldn’t be happier for the guy. I knew when the team picked him up in the draft they had something special. He had start for the season – passing for less than 3,000 yards and only 14 touchdowns – but there’s time to improve. I can’t wait to see what he does for the Vikings next year.

Shayna Baszler will thrive in hostile Brazil

Note: This is the second take of an opinion piece I wrote awhile ago. MMA fans, it contains several professional wrestling references.

The UFC announced fight between “The Lioness of the Ring” Amanda Nunes and the “Queen of Spades’ Shayna Baszler in March at the Ginásio do Maracanãzinho in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.. This should be an interesting bout as both fighters kind of have their backs against the wall. Baszler has lost three of her four last fights while Nunes has gone 2-2 in her last four. In the past fans have watched competitors in this situation rise up and put on a great performance. Look at Chuck Liddell vs. Wanderlei Silva.

On paper this bout is a classic style of the submission specialist – Baszler – taking on a powerful striker in Nunes. The Lioness may have home field advantage with the crowd behind her back. This is not only the first time the Queen has fought in Brazil, it’s also the first time she has competed outside of the United States since 2007 when she fought Tara LaRosa in Costa Rica.

But a hostile environment isn’t anything new for Baszler. In fact, she might thrive on it.

Mixed martial arts fans know that Baszler is a fan of professional wrestling. She’s attends local events – usually with her Four Horsewomen stablemates – as well as watches pay per views. She’s a student of the game and know the psychology behind what happens in the squared circle.

Being in a hostile Brazilian environment gives her a chance to channel great heels like Ric Flair, Terry Funk and Michael P.S. Hayes. MMA fans usually don’t like it when fighters use professional wrestling tactics to promote a fight – unless it’s Chael Sonnen doing the talking – but these tactics are good ways to draw people into the building and get inside of a fighter’s head.

Will Baszler be a heel? I can’t speak for her on that. But don’t be surprised if she throws down a verbal gauntlet in some fashion before this fight. And as the crowd rains down “boos” and starts singing, she may just smile.

Hallett Elementary showcases Seahawks spirit photos part 2

Here are some more photos from Hallett Elementary School’s Seattle Seahawks day. Like many folks across Washington State, Hallett declared the Friday before the Super Bowl “Seattle Seahawks” day and many students and teachers showcased their love for the Seahawks.

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These girls weren’t sporting Seahawks gear, but they posed anyways. A lesson from Dr. Stimson, when your subject poses, take their photo.

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A conga line of teachers and students. I would have liked to print this picture, but I’m pretty sure the teachers would have not liked it.

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Again, it was cool seeing these students showcase their spirit and love for the Seahawks.

Hallett Elementary showcases Seahawks spirit photos part 1

Sometimes it’s nice to get out of the office and take photos at an elementary school of little kids being cute or something special happening at the elementary school.

Several elementary schools in the area displayed their love for the Seattle Seahawks on the Friday before the Super Bowl, including Medical Lake’s own Hallett Elementary School.

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I was hoping I would get a Too Sweet from these gals, but this works.

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There was even an apperance from the Seahawks’ own mascot. Actually, I think it might be the Hallett Hawk.

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Even though I’m not the biggest Seahawks fan, I thought it was cool to see students and teachers dress up in their Seahawks gear and support the team.

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Cheney drops 61-21 dual to East Valley

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The Cheney High wrestling team had a short, but tough week where they lost 61-12 to Great Northern League kingpin East Valley Jan. 21. The Knights, who are 4-0 in league competition and claimed the GNL regular season title for the second year.

“We knew it was going to be a gut check night for us,” head coach Brad Rasmussen said. “We had a couple of opportunities to win matches and we saw some kids fight better than have before but there was no getting around it. East Valley is tough.”

Braden Wirth (120 pounds) and Michael Ferguson (220) were the only two Blackhawks who had wins. Ferguson who is ranked sixth in the Washington Wrestling Report’s 2A standings, pinned Court Kessinger late in the first period of their match. Wirth pinned Wyatt Wiedmer in the third period.

Before the dual, four wrestlers were honored on senior night: Brannon Pederson, Tyler Thomas, Kodi Smith and Justin Randolph.

Cheney (0-3) has a busy week ahead. After duals at Medical Lake Jan. 27 and Pullman Jan. 28, the Blackhawks wrap up their regular season Jan. 30-31 in Coeur d’Alene at the North Idaho Rumble.

“This is the last week to tune things up,” Rasmussen said. “The North Idaho Rumble is a real big tournament and a good chance for kids to get in some matches.”

Blackhawks swimming defeats Prosser 105-20

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The Cheney High boys’ swim team enjoyed home field advantage for the first time this season with a 105-20 win over Prosser Jan. 24. Grandview was scheduled to compete at the meet, but they withdrew before the competition.

Trevor Babcock finished first in the 100-yard freestyle in 51.31 seconds. Spencer Hagel finished first in the 100 butterfly in 1:11.21. Justin Barker had a season best time in the 200 individual medley (2:49.80). Scott Nadeau took first in the 200 freestyle (1:56.54).

In team events, Babcock, Nadeau, Caleb Prophet and Brock Jongeward took first in the 400 freestyle relay (3:40.45) and the 200 freestyle relay (1:51.78).

“It was a great meet,” head coach Jennifer Hochwalt said. “Eighty-seven percent of our times were better and that’s good considering the kids had no rest. We worked them pretty hard in the last two weeks.”

Cheney finishes the regular season Jan. 31 when they host Pullman in the final meet of the regular season before district.

“We’re hoping to get a couple of wild cards in before districts,” Hochwalt said. “We’ll work hard until the meet, see how we do and then probably get some rest before districts.”