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20 Jul

Bruno Mars New King of Pop Takes CRown with 2017 Tour

Posted by Jermaine D. Delos Santos

A lifelong entertainer who jumped onstage as soon as he could walk, performing as a pint-size Elvis impersonator as part of a family act in his native Hawaii, Bruno Mars has worked tirelessly to claim his status as pop’s reigning golden boy.

From the sweet tones of his 2010 debut single, “Just the Way You Are,” to 2014’s “Uptown Funk,” his collaboration with Mark Ronson, through the chart-devouring singles from his latest album, last year’s “24K Magic” (“That’s What I Like, “Versace on the Floor”), the 31-year-old singer-songwriter can seemingly do no wrong.




Bruno Mars wants to make memories.

A musician and showman in the vein of Michael Jackson, Prince and other pop juggernauts of the '80s and early '90s, the man behind last November's "24K Magic" says he wants his music to act as the soundtrack to your most intimate moments.

And on July 23, he'll try to deliver on that promise when he takes the stage at the Moda Center in Portland.

In an interview with Rolling Stone ahead of the album's release, Mars said he was struggling. His goal with the project was to re-create the feeling he got listening to artists like Babyface, Boyz II Men and New Edition during his formative years.

He wants his tunes to call to mind Valentine' Day dates, he said. Stolen glances with high school crushes. Summertime rooftop parties with no end in sight.

It's a rightly daunting task, like trying to catch lightning in a bottle for the third time in a row.

The showman's effectiveness with the craft is evident when a group of pee-wee soccer players sings and claps along to "Uptown Funk" in a Southeast Portland diner. Or when a Brew Barge hosting a bachelorette party bumps "Locked Out of Heaven" as the women pedal their way up the Willamette River.

But the earliest and most prominent example of Mars' work inspiring instant memories came in 2012. That's the year a lip-synched wedding proposal -- you know the one -- gave Oregon one of its first viral hits of the Web 2.0 era.






Now that we've reached the mid-point of the year, Pollstar has counted up the money and listed the artists who pulled in the most on the road worldwide so far in 2017.  Among the artists in the top 10: Bruno Mars, Adele, Ed Sheeran and Justin Bieber.

Justin's Purpose stadium tour, which hasn't even hit North America yet, came in at #3, grossing just over $93 million dollars. Adele's 25 World tour, the last few dates of which she had to cancel due to voice problems, brought in $59 million, good enough for #7. Ed Sheeran's Divide tour was #8 on the list, earning just over $57 million bucks.  Bruno came in at #10: his 24K Magic tour took in just under $53 million.

Reunited rockers Guns N' Roses topped Pollstar's chart, grossing $151.5 million on their highly-anticipated Not In This Lifetime tour.  Rock legends U2 were second on the list, taking in just over $118 million with their tour marking the 30th anniversary of their biggest album, The Joshua Tree.

The list of the top-grossing tours in  North America for 2017 so far is very different there, U2 tops the chart, and the top 10 includes Garth Brooks, Bon Jovi, The Weeknd, the Grateful Dead spinoff band Dead & Company , and the joint tour from married country superstars Tim McGraw and Faith Hill .

Overall, the top 50 worldwide tours grossed a total of $1.97 billion, just shy of last year's record $1.98 billion.  The actual number of tickets sold, though, increased, due to a small drop in the average ticket price, which now stands at $84.40.






08 May

Gary Payton: NBA’s Best Point Guard of All Time

Posted by hy nguyen

Like many other sports, there are only two ways on how one can play in the basketball: offensively or defensively.

Offensive is when players make scores better than their opponents’ best defense while defensive is when a team prevents the opposing team from scoring as much as possible.

While it is statistically impossible for any team to be either full offensive or full defensive in the sport, there are, however, players that are good in either two, they literally are hailed as the best in either aspect.


Speaking of a great defensive player, none probably among recent players compare to Gary Payton, the highly-acclaimed best point guard of all time and the only point guard to ever earn the award as Defensive Player of the Year.

Other noteworthy recognitions given to Payton include, “reigning high scorer among point guards” and “as complete a guard as there ever was,” according to Basketball Hall of Famer, Gail Goodrich.

Yet, even before Gary Payton earned all his accolades and nickname, The Glove, due to his prolific defensive plays as a point guard, Gary, too, was an aspiring kid who learned to play the sport at a young age.

Born and raised in Oakland, California, Payton studied at his hometown’s secondary education school, Skyline High School.

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Proceeding into higher education at college, Gary Payton chose the Oregon State University to which he is a schoolmate to another future NBA player, Greg Foster.

Unlike his high school days which was fraught with failing academics, Payton’s college career is blooming and was even regarded as among his university’s most decorated basketball player in its history.

In 1990, then a senior year at college, Gary was featured in Sports Illustrated as the country’s best college basketball player.

Later in the 1990, the graduate student from Oregon State University debuted his professional career after having been drafted by the Seattle SuperSonics where he spent 12 and a half seasons with.

Alone a formidable defensive player, Gary Payton’s tandem with Shawn Kemp—the so-called “Sonic Boom” duo—made both players an exciting in the playing court.

It is during his lengthy stay with the SuperSonics that Payton made a 9-time All-NBA team selection streak.

Midway through the 2002-03 season, Payton was traded to the Milwaukee Bucks where he spent his 28 games with.

Along with fellow player Kar Malone, Gary Payton, then an unrestricted free agent, moved to Los Angeles Lakers which they both contributed in bringing to its first championship.

Despite relatively good performance with the Lakers, Payton has seen himself being moved to another club again resulting from a trade with the Boston Celtics, much to his displeasure.

Payton spent his last two season with yet another club—this time, the Miami Heat—where he made a climb on the NBA All-Time list from 17th to 8th in ranking. He even broke the record of both Hal Greer and Larry Bird in scoring record, making him the 21st highest-scoring in NBA history.


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06 May

Entertainment and Sports Programming Networks: A Sports Channel with Its Own Custom Basketball Jersey?

Posted by hy nguyen

Ever thought what it would be like when many sports-related institutions suddenly had the desire to build their own basketball team and consequently, a birth of their own unique jerseys to boot?

We have seen it from non-sports-related institution as MTV which conduct friendly games using celebrities as people making its roster, even competing against their fellow celebrities themselves.

So, if any other foundation that is not a least bit related to sports managed to form a team of its own, how much more will one which is directly connected to it, the sport is actually its bloodline.


Perhaps it was not that hard to imagine that ESPN would have its own jersey—real or otherwise—simply just for the fun of it all. Just with the idea alone, I can already think of the many countless ways on how such a jersey will come to fruition.


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But enough with just the clothing that sportsmen who plays basketball wear. Let us also take a look at the program that brought the sport of basketball into national television and possibly even in other countries across the globe.

Resulting from a joint venture between the now big company, The Walt Disney Company, and the Hearst Company, the Entertainment and Sports Programming Networks, now popularly known by the initialism “ESPN,” is a cable and satellite sports television channel owned by ESPN, Inc.

Although primarily located in Bristol, Connecticut, ESPN also operates in various cities across a number of states, namely Charlotte, Los Angeles, Miami, New York City, and Seattle.

Considered as one of the many successful sports networks, ESPN is accessible to as much as 81% of the total household in America alone. All in all, ESPN broadcasts across 200 countries around the globe.

As a channel dedicated to mostly about sports, ESPN covers both local and international sports. But based on a country considered to be the birthing ground of basketball, there is also a special focus towards the sport at both college and professional levels.


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06 May

Jimmer Fredette: Glens Falls High School’s All-time Leading Scorer, Former-NBA-Now-CBA Professional Basketball Player

Posted by hy nguyen

Starting out as a childhood passion which materialized as a real-life dream which resulted into an entry in the National Basketball Association league and then eventually to the Chinese Basketball Association, the life of Jimmer Fredette is perhaps best summarized as a journey about finding one’s space in the sport he loves.


To his family, young James Taft Fredette was the youngest son of three children by couple Al and Kay, who was born on February 25, 1989. But to an older brother whom he grew up with, James Taft—most commonly known by his nickname “Jimmer” as given by his mother—was a kid of great athletic potential which showed as early as his 4 years of age.

"He was the most determined, competitive four-year-old I had ever seen," according to an older sibling, TJ, who helped young Jimmer in his training with the sport of basketball.

A year later, at 5 years of age, Jimmer was said to be already capable of making three-point scores and even developed tricks on how to bypass his larger opponents.

Burning with enthusiasm, at age 10, James Taft was already committed in making it into the NBA.


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Making his aspirations come slowly into fruition, Jimmer displayed great performance in high school where he earned the recognition as Glens Falls High School’s all-time leading scorer at 2,404 points. Using New York’s all-time scoring list, Fredette ranked 16th overall.

With some good accolades to his name, James was solicited by 12 different schools for college but none of which considered to be from “basketball powers” institutions. As a member of the Church of the Latter-Day Saints whose religion has a flagship school—in addition to his sister having graduated from such school—Fredette chose Brigham Young University for college.

Throughout his college year, James had been a recipient to a good number of recognitions based on his prolific scoring skills following his per game, per season, and per career performances.

With him already graduate from college, Jimmer was a step closer to reaching his dream of becoming a professional basketball player in the NBA—something which did happen in 2011 as a 10th overall pick by the Milwaukee Bucks.

From 2011 to 2016, the now professional basketball player from Glens Falls, New York has only had very limited plays across 5 different clubs, namely (in chronological order): Sacramento Kings (2011-2014), Chicago Bulls (2014), New Orleans Pelicans (2014-2015), and New York and Westchester Knicks (2015-2016).

But as of August 2, 2016, Jimmer officially left the NBA for China where he signed a contract with the Shanghai Sharks in order to play for the Chinese Basketball Association league.

Well-received and well-performed, Fredette made his then career-high score of 51 points in a single game which defeated opposing team, Guangdong Southern Tigers.


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02 May

Denver Nuggets: The Club That Was Formerly Known as “Larks” and “Rockets”

Posted by hy nguyen

Being founded for an original, only to be changed through time, many are the clubs that choose a name change, often resulting to an inevitable change forced by the changing nature of the sport.

Of these clubs, perhaps this is much to the Denver, Colorado club which was founded in 1967 as the Denver Larks—after the bird native to Colorado—for the American Basketball Association (ABA)—then competitor to the National Basketball Association (NBA) until their merger in 1976—only to switch into Denver Rockets and then again to Denver Nuggets when it changed camp.


The club name Denver Rockets may have been still be used for the NBA, given its established reputation in the ABA, but as Houston already possessed the label even before the shift took its place, the club inherently Colorado’s instead chose Nuggets to attribute with the city name.

Nuggets, in this sense, alludes to the state’s historical Gold Rush during the 1850s and the 1860s.

Common to many clubs since time immemorial—even in today’s NBA league—Denver Larks-turned-Rockets had a fair share of successes in the American Basketball Association throughout its independent lifespan until the merger.


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The same was also true after its jump to the NBA where the Nuggets made its way to the NBA playoffs for nine consecutive years starting in the 1980s, only to leave some gap after that and resumed the same streak starting 2004 until 2013.

However, the club’s success in the context does not mean to imply any notable championship appearances—it was not able to.

Like their hockey team counterparts—Colorado Avalanche and Colorado Mammoth—the Denver Nuggets play their home games at the Pepsi Center.

While, to the layman, the Denver team would connote as a franchise owned by a Colorado statesman, the reality is that the original owners of the club are actually from Missouri and was even headed by a South Californian businessman since its inception.

What would had been a Kansas-named and Kansas-based club, the founders chose to move from one state to another and named it after the city to which they moved into. At that time, Kansas was still lacking the needed infrastructure—an arena—for a franchise in professional basketball to stand on it.

Seriously undercapitalized and threatened to be disenfranchised, the original Denver Larks was partially sold to a trucking company owner, Bill Ringsby, for $350,000 who then decided to make a name change for the team after his own successful trucking business—hence, the name Denver Rockets prior to its now name, Denver Nuggets.


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