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Top of the Pops: #1 In the US

Top of the Pops: #1 In the US

By Juan Cena in SWRT on August 27, 2009

According to Billborard:Hot 100 - "I Gotta Feeling" , the Black Eyed PeasBillboard 200 - Keep On Loving You, RebaDigital Songs- "Party in the U.S.A.", Miley CyrusR&B/Hip-Hop- "Pretty Wings", MaxwellCountry Songs - "Big Green tractor", Jason AldeanRock - "New Divide", Linkin ParkAlternative - "New Divide", Linkin ParkRap Songs - "Best I Ever had", DrakeChristian Songs - "Revelation Song", Philips, Craig & DeanSource: Bilboard.com

Minnesota Vikings: Denial is not a river in Egypt

Minnesota Vikings: Denial is not a river in Egypt

By Juan Cena in SWRT on August 27, 2009

It looks like the Minnesota Vikings are circling their wagons after ESPN reported on dissent in the locker room over the ongoing Brett Favre Circus Sideshow. The St. Paul Pioneer Press interviewed thirteen players who denied the story. Coach Brad Childress and star RB Adrian Peterson both deny the story.Either way, this story shows the havoc caused by the signing of Favre has caused. If the stories are true, the there's more dissent over who would be the better QB instead of Favre then there is actually supporting Favre. Some players reportedly supporting Tavaris Jackson, others support Sage Rosenfels. Farve's first preseason performance arguably didn't help things.It's the kind of atmosphere that doesn't sound conductive to a winning season. Favre can fix this obviously by getting the job done and leading the team to victory. Questions still abound on whether the Favre that thrilled many a Packer will show up or the Jet QB that sputtered to a 9-7 season last year. Anything close to the latter and the 2009 season could go from the theater of the absurd to a dark carnival of the soul.

I Love You, You Love Me...

I Love You, You Love Me...

By Juan Cena in SWRT on August 28, 2009

So Brett Favre is a Viking now. Favre is purple.Favre is old as a dinosaur.So......Is Brett Favre really....

If an NBA player signed a contract in a forest would ESPN still cover it?

If an NBA player signed a contract in a forest would ESPN still cover it?

By Juan Cena in SWRT on August 28, 2009

Yahoo NBA blogger J.E. Skeets has come up with what Yahoo refers to as an "All-Boredom Team", which includes Allen "Practice" Iverson and Ricky "I'm Too Sexy for Minnesota" Rubio. The group is singled out for on-court performance, but for the constant stream of non-news concerning their failure to sign with one team or another.Granted, being named boring for the tediousness of contract negotiations is better than being called boring for on the court performance. Though honestly most of this group isn't quite marquee level in the first place. Iverson's story is probably the biggest, since both his on-and-off court performances have been sports radio fodder for the past ten-plus years. Minnesota T-Wolves' draftee Rubio's still unsigned status is even less interesting than the non-drama that is the San Francisco 49ers-Michael Crabtree eye-roller.Rubio and Iverson's contract status might just get interesting by the time the NBA season starts. For now...hey how long 'till the football season kickoff is it?

WWE Network: All wrestling, all the time?

WWE Network: All wrestling, all the time?

By Juan Cena in SWRT on August 26, 2009

The news that Vince McMahon, the evil genius behind the WWE was looking into starting a cable network sent wrestling fans a-twitter. It seems rumors of an all-wrestling channel seem to pop up every few years, but this time the story seems to have more to it.The Los Angeles Times first reported the news in an August 24 story on the WWE’s trend towards more family-friendly content. Sources told New York Post that the WWE sees his future network as a basic cable channel, alongside such cable mainstays as ESPN and MTV. Programming would come from the company’s vast archive of wrestling programs, pay-per views, and films.Getting there won’t be a walk in the park, however. The NFL has had its own cable network (The inconspicuously named NFL Network) since 2003, but has been fighting cable systems over carrying it ever since. For the WWE to get its wish to be on the basic tier, as opposed to being bundles with sports programming, it will probably have to make the kinds of concessions that the NFL Network has mostly refuses to do.Though a new wrestling show or shows would be desirable for wrestling fans, the potential network would be most likely be reliant on the WWE’s vast archive of programming. Showing reruns of WWE programming is thornier than it sounds. Are there enough potential viewers willing to watch reruns of RAW and Smackdown? Would non-wrestling fans be drawn to twenty-year old footage of Hulk Hogan and Ric Flair? Plus what to do with all of those shows which featured Chris Benoit?Which gets to what might be the real reason behind this new push by the WWE for a cable network? Since 2002 the WWE has had its own film studio (WWE Studios), which features various WWE stars in dramatic roles. Films produced or co-produced by the company include The Scorpion King, The Marine, and See No Evil. There are further plans to produce films for theatrical, made-for-television, and direct-to-DVD releases. A cable network would provide a platform for bringing these properties to the public. And a network featuring films on a regular basis would fit into the basic cable tier than an all-wrestling network, which would probably wind up with cable systems’ sports packages.For wrestling fans, a 24-hour WWE channel would seem to be a dream come true. The reality would probably mean more of Behind Enemy Lines: Colombia than CM Punk vs. Jeff Hardy.

Sports Illustrated goes

Sports Illustrated goes "Favre-Free"

By Juan Cena in SWRT on August 26, 2009

Sports Illustrated, the venerable sports weekly, has declared it's Aug 31 issue to be "100% Favre-Free" on it's cover. Meaning that there was no coverage of Brett Favre's first preseason game in a Vikings uniform.It's probably a smart commentary on the Brett Favre circus that is slowly becoming a dark carnival of the soul. Favre's latest un-retirement was possibly more anti-climatic than the average Road Runner/Wile E. Coyote cartoon. Now if we could only to get SI to remain "Favre-Free" maybe this football season would be a little quieter, or at least feel like it.

Random Television Listings

Random Television Listings

By Juan Cena in SWRT on August 27, 2009

A glimpse of what's on television for Thursday, Aug. 27 NFL on FOX Preseason: Miami at Tampa Bay. Last year's suprise AFC East Champions against last year's disappointing NFC South also-rans. (FOX, 8:00 PM EST) Rob Dyrdek s Fantasy Factory (season 2 premiere). More fun with skateboard pro Rob Dyrek and cousin Drama. (MTV 9:00 PM EST )Project Runway. Continuing the "lost season" in Los Angeles. Just look at the models. (Lifetime 10:00)Nitro Circus (season 2 premiere) . Pick of the night. Travis Pastrina and crew continue their cunning stunts in Los Angeles. (MTV 10:00 PM EST)

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