NFL Week 3 streaming guide: How to watch the Green Bay Packers

Here's how to watch the Green Bay Packers - Tampa Bay Buccaneers game as well as the rest of the Week 3 NFL games. (Author: Gardener)

NFLTampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Tom Brady (#12) signals to his teammates during the Tampa Bay Buccaneers regular season game against the New Orleans Saints this September weekend. If you have plans to watch or stream Green Bay Packers vs Tampa Bay Buccaneers today, your friends at CBS Essentials are here to help. Here's how to watch this football game and all the other Sunday NFL action happening today. Stream All NFL Games: DirecTV Stream ("Choice" tier), $70 per month for the first two months, is scheduled to run for 18 weeks and total 272 games. Matchup begins at 4:25 p.m. EDT (1:25 a.m. PDT) on Fox. This isn't the only football game currently being broadcast on Fox. Fox will also be showing the Los Angeles Rams-Arizona Cardinals game and the Atlanta Falcons-Seattle Seahawks game at 4:25 p.m. SUMMERTIME. The football game you can watch wirelessly on Fox depends on where you live. If the Green Bay Packers vs. Tampa Bay Buccaneers game is near you, you can watch the game wirelessly with an HDTV antenna ($26). Many of the above games are only available in their home region unless you take advantage of a service like DirecTV's 2022 NFL Sunday Ticket Max stream plan. (Plans that include all NFL football games start at $70 per month.) Read on to learn about all of your different ways to stream all of the week 3 matches on your TV and smartphone at home this Sunday. And stay tuned to the end for our recommendations on the best streaming devices and TVs for watching NFL football. Paramount+ and Peacock aren't the only ways to watch Sunday football. You may also want to consider options like DirecTV, which provides access to all Sunday football games: NFL on Fox, Sunday Night Football on NBC, and more. DirecTV Stream doesn't come cheap, but it streams all the networks you need for the 2022 NFL season. The cheapest tier of DirecTV Stream, called "Entertainment," offers Fox, CBS, NBC, and ESPN for $70 a month. But get this: Subscribers to the $90-per-month "Choice" tier (and up) get Fox, CBS, NBC, and ESPN, plus regional sports networks, and at no additional cost, access to 2022 NFL Sunday Ticket Max, a plan that covers everyone Tag streams live out-of-market Sunday game (and typically costs $395). Right now, DirectTV Stream is offering new users $20 off the first two months of any package. DirecTV Stream (“Choice” level), $70 per month for the first two months A $70 monthly subscription to Hulu+ Live TV provides access to all platforms where 2022 NFL games will be broadcast and streamed, including ESPN, CBS , Fox, NBC and ABC. For "Thursday Night Football" you still need Amazon Prime Video. In celebration of the 2022 NFL season, Hulu is now offering $20 off per month for your first three months of Hulu + Live TV—that's a $60 savings. New subscribers and those who canceled their Hulu subscription more than a month ago are eligible for this Hulu + Live TV promo, running beginning in September. FuboTV is a sports-centric streaming service that offers access to almost every NFL game of the season. Packages include CBS, Fox, NBC, ESPN, NFL Network, NFL RedZone and more. Fox, as you know, offers Sunday NFC games through NFL on Fox; while ESPN is home to Monday Night Football. ABC also airs some "MNF" games. In addition to NFL football, FuboTV offers MLB, NBA, NHL, MLS and international football matches. A Paramount+ subscription includes live access to NFL on CBS. This is the CBS listing of live AFC Sunday games. The streamer also offers NFL fans weekly studio show Inside the NFL and pregame show The NFL Today, as well as access to CBS Sports HQ, a 24/7 stream of unfiltered sports news, scores, highlights and analysis. Paramount+ has two subscription tiers -- the $5/month "Essential Plan," a budget tier with ads, and the $10/month "Premium Plan," which costs more but is ad-free. Paramount+ also offers a one-week free trial period. So if you've been thinking of trying the platform, you can watch a football Sunday on CBS risk-free. Paramount+ Subscription, $5+ per month Walmart+ members now get free access to the ad-supported Paramount+ Essential plan. Paramount+ Essential includes tens of thousands of movies and TV episodes, including Sonic the Hedgehog 2, Yellowstone spin-off 1883, Star Trek: Lower Decks, NCIS, and Survivor. Perhaps most importantly, Essential plan members get access to NFL on CBS Live. Sunday Night Football airs weekly on NBC and simultaneously streams live on Peacock. (You can also stream NBC through a live TV streaming app à la DirecTV Stream.) An important streaming warning: While Peacock offers many ad-supported shows and movies for free if you want access to Peacock's premium content, including "Sunday Night Football" requires a paid subscription. Luckily, thanks to a Peacock promo deal, new subscribers can now get ad-supported Peacock Premium for just $1.99 a month, or $19.99 if you pay for the whole year upfront -- that's more than half the usual price of Peacock. With NFL+ you can stream games exclusively on your mobile device or tablet. Starting at $5 per month or $30 annually, an NFL+ subscription gives you mobile or tablet access to live out-of-market preseason, live local and primetime regular-season and post-season games, live game -Audio for each game and more. NFL+, starting at $5 per month If you want to watch NFL games without paying for a cable or streaming subscription, an indoor HD digital TV antenna is the way to go. For just $26 (the lowest price we've seen it at, btw) it delivers all of the free-to-air NFL games broadcast live in your area, as well as all other over-the-air content available in your area. We've found the best TVs for watching NFL football (based on user ratings), including TVs from top brands like Samsung, LG and Sony. Read on to see the best deals on the best TVs you can get for the 2022 NFL season. Here's a great deal to get you started: this 65-inch Samsung QLED (Q90A, 2021) is on sale at Samsung for a whopping $600 off. No matter what stream of the game you're watching, this QLED TV lets you watch the game in upscaled 4K resolution thanks to its machine-based learning AI. It's even smart enough to recognize and enhance on-screen dialogue, making it easier to hear all of the NFL commentary during games. The Smart TV also offers apps, streaming services and advanced controls. Turn your TV into a work of art when you're not watching football. Samsung's The Frame Smart TV has a built-in motion sensor that wakes your device to display your favorite artwork in 4K resolution as you enter the room. Whether you're admiring Hopper's "Early Sunday Morning" or jamming along to Carrie Underwood's Sunday night football intro, this QLED TV produces 100% color volume in the DCI-P3 color space, the format for most cinema screens and HDR films for television. You can now save $400 on Samsung's larger 75-inch The Frame model. Watch NFL stars compete in beautiful color and vibrancy on this 75-inch 4K Samsung TV. The 4K smart device also offers tailored streaming and live TV recommendations with on-screen instructions. The Samsung 4K Neo QLED has top-of-the-line features including a premium audio technology called Object-Tracking Sound (OTS). The Samsung 4K Neo QLED also has an integrated Alexa assistant. The 65-inch Sony Bravia XR OLED 4K TV features a cognitive processor designed to deliver intense contrast with pure black, high peak brightness and natural colors. This smart TV offers access to Google TV and works with most voice assistants. This 75-inch Amazon Fire TV features a 4K UHD display and enhanced color and clarity thanks to Dolby Vision. The TV also supports voice control with Amazon Alexa. Its high picture quality and large format make this TV a solid choice for football fans - and it's hard to find a screen this big at such a low price. It runs on Amazon's Fire TV platform, so you can stream new shows from Hulu, Netflix, and more without having to connect additional devices. You can also watch live TV on this device. See every game in all its glory with this 50" TCL set. The 4K TV features QLED technology, 4K resolution and Dolby Vision. All of these features work together to improve the sharpness, brightness, color, and contrast of an image. A medium-sized TV with a diagonal of 55 to 65 inches is the ideal size for many living rooms. The best viewing distance for a 55-inch 4K TV like this model is between 4.5 and 7 feet. Amazon Fire 4-Series TV 55-inch 4K TV with Alexa built-in, $430 (reduced from $520) If all you need is more screen, this 86-inch LG TV should fill your spot. This large TV is sure to show you every inch of the big game. Are you buying your first TV to watch the Super Bowl on a big screen? Roku devices, Amazon Fire Sticks, and more ways to stream the 2022 NFL season, plus tons of great shows and movies. Among the streaming hardware giants, the Roku Express 4K+ offers the most options and apps, including NFL-friendly streaming services like Hulu, YouTubeTV, and FuboTV. Apple supporters, or anyone with an Apple One subscription package, should consider watching NFL live streams on an Apple TV 4K device that comes equipped with Dolby Vision, a new and improved Siri-enabled remote control, and SharePlay, which lets you play the game along with a group of friends. Amazon's Fire TV Stick 4K is a streaming device that will appeal to anyone with an Alexa-enabled home. You can switch between games using the device's voice remote ("Alexa, turn on AFC Championship..."). It offers 4K Ultra HD, Dolby Vision, HDR and HDR10+ in addition to Dolby Atmos audio, plus access to thousands of channels, some of which are free. * NFL Week 3 Streaming Guide: How to stream Sunday football games on CBS, NBC, Fox and more * NFL Week 3 Streaming Guide: How to watch the Los Angeles Rams - Arizona Cardinals game today * NFL Week 3 Streaming Guide: How to watch the Atlanta Falcons – Seattle Seahawks game today * The best TVs for watching NFL football in 2022: Samsung, LG, Sony and more * The best 55-inch TVs in 2022: LG OLEDs, Samsung “The Frame” and more * Best 65-inch TVs TVs of 2022: Amazon Fire Omni TV, Samsung 'The Frame' and more * Best 75-inch TVs of 2022: Sony Bravia XR, Samsung's 'The Frame' and more


How repeat tax looms over Lakers' failure to trade Russell Westbrook

The Lakers have a history of household attention (Author: Gardener)

LakersThe events of the past week have dealt a severe blow to thousands of Los Angeles Lakers fans who have been desperate for a trade with Russell Westbrook. It started Wednesday when Pacers general manager Chad Buchanan announced that Myles Turner would start the season in Indiana. A day later, Utah traded Bojan Bogdanovic, the centerpiece of a possible Westbrook deal, for the Detroit Pistons. Never say never in the modern NBA, but with Utah practically out of the running and Indiana taking a public farewell, it certainly looks like Westbrook will start the season in purple and gold. It doesn't feel like Westbrook is keen on playing another season for the Lakers. So why couldn't the team find a satisfying trade? We can at least pay lip service to the idea that the Lakers wanted Westbrook back. Of course, those trade rumors wouldn't have lasted five months if the Lakers had liked the idea of ​​having Westbrook on their basketball team. After the season Westbrook just had, no one would. It was widely reported that Indiana wanted two first-round picks from the Lakers to consider a package built around Turner and Buddy Hield. The Lakers don't seem ready to meet that price tag. But the Bogdanovic trade clouds that idea a bit. The Pistons managed to win it without giving up a single first-round pick. Andy Larsen of the Salt Lake Tribune reported that the Jazz could have gotten a first-round pick from other teams, but such a deal would have included a long-term salary. Westbrook has an expiring contract. At the very least, this suggests that if the Lakers wanted to make a single-choice trade with Utah, they probably could have done so. They didn't, and if they were never willing to give up a single choice, they had to know from the start that they wouldn't be able to trade Westbrook at all. It was widely reported that one sticking point was that the Lakers didn't want to take a long-term salary in a Westbrook trade. The Athletic's Sam Amick and Jovan Buha reported that the Lakers hope to add star-level free agency talent via cap space in 2023, rather than abandoning their draft picks for immediate upgrades, but as appealing as that vision is on the surface may appear, the reality is not quite so rosy. The Lakers literally can't make a maximum cap spot next summer. The projected cap for the 2023-24 season is $134 million. Even if they dumped every other player and stuck to their books, the 10 incomplete roster fees the Lakers would be left with alongside their two stars would put them around $99 million on the books. That's roughly $35 million in caps, a number that looks enticing at first but would actually mean pay cuts for Kyrie Irving and Khris Middleton. The best player likely to achieve unrestricted free agency for the Lakers to sign on a market value contract would likely be Fred VanVleet. Given all of this, does it really sound like it makes sense for the Lakers to throw away what may be the last season of LeBron's prime for cap rank, which doesn't seem particularly valuable? until you see the secondary value of cap space. From a practical point of view, it's almost impossible to pay the luxury tax when you're operating below the salary cap. Creating cap space usually means relinquishing the rights to your expensive free agents. Once you've signed new ones, you rarely have the residual rights you need to spend across the border or the leftover salary to make your way into tax territory. The Lakers have paid the tax for the past two seasons. Barring anything drastic, they'll pay it again this season. If a team has paid the tax in three of the previous four seasons, they will be assessed a highly punishing repeat penalty. The Lakers paid an estimated $202 million in salaries and taxes last season. Had they been considered repeat offenders, that total would have been approximately $222 million. With reports that the new CBA could create a tougher luxury tax, that bump could be even bigger when next season arrives. Reaching the tax cap next season will be a lot harder than it has been in years past because the cap is increasing so quickly. The projected taxpayer number for the 2023-24 season is $162 million. For example, imagine the Lakers made the Indiana trade for Turner and Hield. Turner would need to be renewed, and while he won't come close to the Max deal DeAndre Ayton just signed, a fairer analogue might be the $100 million deal Jarrett Allen signed in Cleveland before he All -Star became. Adjusting that contract for inflation would make Turner around $24 million a year. That number already puts the Lakers over $130 million, accounting for just four players. From this perspective, expiring contracts come with long-term costs if you plan to keep them. The Lakers probably weren't too keen on giving up first-round picks for players like Bogdanovic, Clarkson and Malik Beasley when tax concerns would see them out of Los Angeles after just one season. They've already given up Talen Horton-Tucker to bring in Patrick Beverley, a player whose cap hold they'll need to forgo next offseason to maximize their cap space. While Austin Reaves will have a low enough cap to remain in restricted free agency even after spending the cap, his final salary will count toward the luxury tax line. All of this is to say that trading with expiring salaries would have put the Lakers in a difficult position, especially from a visual point of view. They could keep all of those upcoming free agents after trading for them, just like they can keep Reaves and Beverley... but that would not only mean avoiding cap space, it would mean getting close to, and possibly exceeding, the control line . You could let some of those players walk, but that would not only represent wasted fortune but also anger a fan base that expects the NBA's third most valuable franchise to spend commensurate with its sizable earnings. Building caps, which in all likelihood takes the luxury tax off the table entirely, solves this problem at the expense of the 2022-23 season. The 2022-23 season doesn't seem like a fair price for future tax cuts when the team paying those taxes makes an estimated $150 million annually in local television revenue alone, but the Lakers aren't operating like their big-market rivals. The Lakers simply spent less on their roster than the diminutive Milwaukee Bucks in a supposedly all-in season. As a cost-cutting maneuver, they often start the season with an empty roster slot. None of this is meant to suggest that the Lakers are cheap by typical NBA standards. Given the budget constraints they've displayed over the past few years, it's just hard to imagine the Lakers willingly paying the repeat tax. Was that the only reason they kept Russell Westbrook? But given the way the Lakers have operated over the past few years, it certainly seems likely that the repeater tax was a factor in how they decided to create this roster. Trading Westbrook would have cost picks in the distant future, but in the meantime it would have cost dollars too, and in the end the Lakers seem to have decided they're not willing to pay both of them for a chance to compete this season.


Winners, grades, reactions and highlights from September 23rd

Undisputed WWE Universal Champion Roman Reigns returned to SmackDown on Friday night, but it wasn't the championship leader or the SmackDown Tag Team... (Author: Gardener)

September 23rdUndisputed WWE Universal Champion Roman Reigns returned to Smackdown on Friday night, but it wasn't The Head of the Table or the SmackDown Tag Team Championship match between The Usos and The Brawling Brutes that caught the attention of fans. Instead, it was the culmination of the mysterious “White Rabbit” mystery that engulfed the wrestling world in the wake of Monday's Raw and heralded a big reveal on this week's show, what does WWE mean to move forward? Find out with this recap of Fox's Sept. 22 broadcast. SmackDown Tag Team Championship Match: Brawling Brutes vs. The Usos (c) Broadcast. A standard promo featuring typically great mic work from Heyman gave way to a fantastically tense moment involving The Head of the Table and so-called "Honorary Uce", Sami Zayn, to which WWE's top dog responded by asking why the lovable loser continues to join the faction and why he wears a Bloodline shirt. While he's a great heel, there's a certain appreciation and justice that Zayn instilled in the fans, and their fear of the suddenly serious, potentially dangerous situation he was putting himself in manifested itself in a tension we're normally associated with not watch WWE programs. When Jey Uso ripped said shirt off the man he'd despised for the last month, it seemed like Zayn was about to be spanked. Instead, Reigns presented him with his own shirt, much to the Tag Team Champion's dismay, and the group exited the ring together to close the segment. That was great character work and an even better example of why Reigns is one of the most compelling performers in wrestling. It works so well with Zayn's "just wants to fit in" persona and the fans ate it up. As long as the story doesn't drag on too long, this will be one hell of a payoff and one that will propel Zayn into a star like he's never been in WWE. "You don't boo the wise," said Paul Heyman, drawing even more derision. "Now that Drew McIntyre has another bridge to *clear* Kross... let's talk about Solo." Heyman was fired up to start the show. "Solo was sent by the elders of the Samoan dynasty." "Someone had to stop these conspiracies against your tribal chief!" "The elders may have sent you, but now answer me. Confirm me,” Reigns asked Sikoa for our shirt? What do you want?” Reigns asked Zayn. "You'll never wear it again because I got you a new one," Reigns said before tossing Zayn a new "Honorary Uce" shirt, much to the chagrin of Jey Die SmackDown -Women's Champion Liv Morgan continued her challenge to Ronda Rousey for an Extreme Rules Match by fighting Lacey Evans in a non-title match. However, the champion proved her resilience and hit back, finishing Evans with a Codebreaker and ObLIVion. After the match, Morgan teased that she didn't have the so-called "killer instinct" to hit Rousey, only to unload on her opponent with a kendo stick and send her into the guardrail. Fans have to believe she has a shot in hell of beating Rousey on October 8th or the reaction will be similar to what happened at SummerSlam where she was booed for weeks following the controversial conclusion of tha This went a long way towards making this happen and won over the crowd as it felt like WWE fans were fully behind Morgan for the first time in months. Michael Cole floated the idea that Morgan wasn't anywhere near extreme enough to justify her challenge to Rousey for an Extreme Rules match at the upcoming Premium Live Event, citing Evans' intensity and aggression against the relatively reserved champion called Graves. The New Day next fought Maximum Male Models' mån.sôör and ma.cé in tag team action, with Max and Maxxine Dupri watching from the ring as New Day clinched their first win in what felt like ages. Unfortunately, this wasn't about Kofi Kingston and Xavier Woods at all. Instead, it was about the gradual disconnect between Max and the rest of the team as he angrily struggled to remove his jacket and then banged it down. Hopefully this will lead to the return of LA Knight as the MMM act doesn't click on that period and further wasting the talented and charismatic performer in his role as Max makes little sense. Maxxine grabbed a camera from one of the ringside photographers and began taking photos, which eventually led to the finish. The ring was reinforced for the big men's match Braun Strowman versus Otis. The Monster Among Monsters and Alpha Academy's big hoss engaged in a physical fight that involved several Force-based points, including Otis narrowly escaping a powerslam and apparently hitting Strowman with a Vader Bomb. The 2022 Hall of Famer Ode wasn't enough to hold his opponent down, however, as Strowman hit back and delivered a stunning powerbomb for the hard-fought win. Strowman has been looking great since his return n and is clearly motivated to prove those who decided to release him wrong. Strowman is massively over, as evidenced by the reaction from fans in Salt Lake City, and that bodes well for his eventual rise in the ranks of WWE. Strowman delivered an awe-inspiring dropkick that caught Otis off guard from the start. The former Universal Champion rolled over Otis and Gable at ringside, then sent the latter into timekeeper's area. Drew McIntyre stepped into the ring to greet Karrion Kross and her youngest Addressing issues, revealing the two will meet at Extreme Rules in a Strap Match. Kross attempted a sneak attack and McIntyre responded, knocking him out and whipping him with the leather strap. An opportunistic Scarlett created a distraction and Kross took over, knocking out the former WWE Champion and using the Kross Jacket's submission to put his rival to sleep. This was a solid segment that brought more heat to Kross and proved the important role Scarlett will play in his success. It also exposes him as a false promise and proves that his doomsday speeches really depend on her ability to create a distraction. McIntyre is such an effective babyface that this has worked very well so far, but the feud's success will be judged by the match at Extreme Rules and the resulting booking. "I don't like playing games and if you have a problem with me, meet me in the ring and we'll find out," McIntyre spoke of his fondness for dealing. Kross attempted a sneak attack, but McIntyre cut him off and whipped him with a strap. Scarlett threw a fireball at McIntyre and then low hit him to stop his momentum. "See you at Extreme Rules!" Kross accepted the challenge while locking the Scottish warrior in the Kross jacket. Raquel Rodriguez fought Damage Ctrl's Dakota Kai in the next match of the night. When it looked like Bayley and Iyo Sky might intervene on Kai's behalf, Shotzi entered the ring and unloaded on the former. The distraction allowed Rodriguez to score the upset win over Kai. A post-game smack from the heels ended when Shotzi entered the square circle and fended them off with Rodriguez. Damage Ctrl currently fights everyone, but in this case it's somewhat welcome. Shotzi has long been underappreciated and underused, and if Feud with Bayley & Co. as a babyface puts her on TV and gives her more opportunities, then move on. Partnering with Rodriguez is certainly an interesting choice given the number of times they wrestled in the months leading up to the turnaround. Hopefully that changes sooner rather than later.SmackDown Tag Team Championship Match: The Brawling Brutes vs. The UsosThe Usos attempted to continue their historic reign as undisputed WWE Tag Team Champions as they primarily faced off against The Brawling Brutes defended event. Jimmy and Jey processed Butch and took control of the match while Zayn talked nonsense from a distance. Despite the hits he took early and often, Butch came back into the match late, wiping out opponents and scoring a near fall on Jey that left Zayn gasping at ringside. When Zayn tried to interfere late on, Sheamus interrupted him, only to be attacked by Imperium's Gunther, Ludwig Kaiser, and Giovanni Vinci. The attack, a precursor to next week's Intercontinental Championship match between The Celtic Warrior and The Ring General, created a distraction that allowed the Usos to recover and deliver the 1-D to Butch for the win. This was a fantastic match with layered storytelling, Butch's best main lineup performance yet and an angle to intensify the heat between Sheamus vs Gunther II. The talent involved was off the charts, Zayn and Jey added to their disagreement, and the crowd has enough ammunition to question whether the Usos really are the best team in wrestling. A great match is enough to earn a high grade. Add even better storytelling and you have the best. The Usos defeated The Brawling Brutes to keep Jey, playing up his disdain for Zayn and ordering him to walk away while he continued to fight The Bruiserweight. Zayn argued with Jey and asked if he wanted to come with DQ as he fought Butch at ringside. Butch attempted a moonsault on the middle rope, but the Usos caught him with stereo superkicks, resulting in a near fall that burst the crowd and left Zayn upset at ringside.


Ime Udoka has put the Celtics in a terrible position, and other thoughts

It seems nothing has gone right for the Celtics since the death of Bill Russell and the unanswered questions about the recent controversy only make matters worse. (Author: Gardener)

CelticsIme Udoka has admitted his wrongdoing and accepted his punishment from the Celtics. Pieces picked up while looking forward to a big bowl of embarrassment at Celtics media day on Monday... · Ime Udoka has been suspended for a year and it's hard to imagine him returning to the Celtics bench. Twenty-four hours later, the Celtics announced in a brief statement (released during "Thursday Night Football" and Red Sox vs. Aaron Judge) that their coach had been suspended for "violations" of team policy. Minutes later, Udoka made his own brief statement, apologizing to everyone and accepting the team's decision. Friday morning, a full 36 hours after reports of the scandal first leaked, Celtics owner Wyc Grousbeck and basketball operations president Brad Stevens finally met with the media and admitted they had known about Udoka's inappropriate relationship with a for several months had female team member. The Celtics bosses said they hired a law firm to investigate the situation over the summer and only received the firm's findings on Wednesday. The inquest, the coach's hefty suspension, and Grousbeck's admission that only Udoka was punished suggest that there was more to Udoka's behavior. Speculation is rife and will continue to be, given the Celtics' notoriety, potential liability and the team's need to protect privacy. Both Grousbeck and Stevens acknowledged that harm has already been done to women members of the organization who have seen their names and photos floating in the social media cesspool. Stevens was almost in tears on Friday as he said: "We have a lot of talented women in our organization and I thought yesterday [Thursday] was really tough for them. Nobody can control speculation and rampant Twitter speculation, but I think we have a responsibility as an organization to make sure we're there to support them now because a lot of people have been unfairly implicated." And it won't be any time soon better. Udoka, who led the team to the NBA Finals in his only season, has put the Celtics in a terrible position. Say hello to your new coach, Joe Mazzulla, who is 34 and was the only head coach at Fairmont State, a Division 2 school in West Virginia. It's a thin resume for a man who's just been handed the keys to a Rolls-Royce that's expected to be heading back to the NBA Finals. I would feel better if Stevens returned to coaching for a year. I would feel better if Frank Vogel was called in as caretaker. I would feel better if Larry Bird came out of retirement to go back to the bench for a year. It feels like nothing has gone right for this team since Bill Russell passed away on the last day of July. Celtics Vice President of Public Relations Heather Walker has had some time with President Biden when POTUS visited the JFK library as part of his trip to Boston in September (since the summer of 2021 due to brain cancer) and headed to Dorchester with her husband Stephen, when Biden was in town to promote his Cancer Moonshot initiative. Biden's son Beau died of glioblastoma in 2015, and the president recognized Walker's plight when he met her in a reception line before his speech. Recalling the encounter, Walker said: "He said, 'Oh my god, you poor baby' and just gave me a hug like someone who's known me for years. He said, "One day we're going to heal this." "It helps when you're going through something that awful to have a moment like that. · Quiz: Aaron Judge has a chance to win the American League Triple Crown. List baseball's last five Triple Crown winners and the years they won (answer below). · Wondering why professional athletes don't necessarily trust team doctors? Check out the cases of Red Sox substitute Garrett Whitlock and Celtics center Robert Williams III. The Sox foolishly let Whitlock play meaningless games in recent weeks despite limping with a right hip impact. They closed him for good on Wednesday, announcing that he will have hip surgery in New York in the coming week. The Celtics had at least one reason to play Williams in the 2022 playoffs after he underwent surgery in March for a torn meniscus in his left knee. Williams has now had another operation on the same knee and is expected to be out again at the start of the season. · Enjoy it while it lasts: Dennis Eckersley is expected to play seven more Red Sox games before retiring from the dressing room. Eck will be high above Fenway for all four games with the Orioles starting Monday. He will be back for the final three games of the October 3-5 season. · Most Buffalo thing ever: Students in the Orchard Park and Frontier Central school districts near Highmark Stadium were released early last Monday to make way for the Bills-Titans at 7:15 Monday Night Football . Grousbeck told The Globe's Adam Himmelsbach, "I think we're going to spend about $200 million on the squad this year, and Brad has the green light to spend more ... You can actually look at what we're doing, which is doing what we're doing can win a league…money isn't an issue at all and this squad shows that.” Wow. Remember the good old days when the Red Sox ran their team this way? · Retired South Shore dentist Jim Lonborg, who turned 80 this year, gave up Mickey Mantle's 536th and final homer in September. A few old-timers recalled that it was the late Spiro T. Agnew — once governor of Maryland and most famously as Richard Nixon's vice president — who performed the memorable alliteration. What few know is that young Billy Belichick worked as a caddy for Agnew while growing up in Annapolis. I couldn't get Bill to tell me if Agnew was a good typist. · Staying on our political topic, did you know that Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis was a baseball captain at Yale, where he worked with former Red Sox left-hander Craig Breslow? DeSantis grew up in Dunedin, Florida, home of the Blue Jays, and played on a little league team that went as far as Williamsport. His Dunedin high school team beat future Big Leaguer Rick Ankiel in a state semifinal, and DeSantis batted .313 in four seasons at Yale. The late President George Bush was a 1948 Yale captain and was famously photographed with Babe Ruth when the dying Bambino came to New Haven in the spring of 1948. · Time Flies Dept.: I remember Florida State's Buster Posey dominating a weekend series against Boston College at Commander Shea Field in 2008. Posey won three World Series with the Giants and, at the age of 35, is about to join the Giants ownership group. So far he looks like Sam Horn with a much better glove. He's scheduled to debate with his opponent, Senator Raphael Warnock, on Oct. 14, but warned his supporters, "He's going to show up and embarrass me at the debate." Speaking of fools, Kyrie Irving took to Instagram and shared a discredited conspiracy theory the New World Order titled "Alex Jones Tried to Warn Us". Gene's 97-year-old father died in a car accident in South Deerfield on Labor Day morning. DeFilippo was a World War II veteran, a Holy Cross quarterback in the 1946 Orange Bowl, and a longtime history teacher and coach at Northampton High School. His grandson, John DeFilippo, is the quarterbacks coach for the Chicago Bears. RIP Jerry D'Alfonso, grandfather of the late Pete Frates and inventor of the Globe's Living/Arts section. A regular at baseball games in BC, while Pete was patrolling the outfield for the Eagles, Jerry lived to be 90 and died on September 11, 1948.


Will the Cowboys crack the top 10 at Giants? “Lion backer” Micah Parsons, NFC East Prediction

Are we underestimating Cowboys Micah Parsons, a warning to Mavs fans from Dirk Nowitzki, third-place Rangers seek positivity and hype over phones and grocery stores, all in this week's DFW Sports Notebook. (Author: Gardener)

CowboysAre we underestimating Cowboys Micah Parsons, a warning to Mavs fans from Dirk Nowitzki, third-place Rangers seek positivity and hype over phones and grocery stores, all in this week's DFW Sports Notebook. Whether you're at the end of your coffee, your day, your week, or even your rope, welcome to Whitt's End... *Monday night madness... With 83 starring roles, the Dallas Cowboys have the second most appearances on Monday Night Football, trailing only the Miami Dolphins . The Cowboys are 49-34 all-time Monday night and enter the prime timers next week against the rival New York Giants. It will be Dallas' only MNF appearance of the season and 13th all-time against the Giants. Oct. 25, 2010 - Giants 41, at Cowboys 35: The Cowboys lead 20-7 thanks to a punt return from 93 yards by rookie Dez Bryant. But in the second quarter, Giants linebacker Michael Boley fires Tony Romo, the quarterback breaks his collarbone, and Dallas' season turns 1-5 en route to 1-7 and the firing of head coach Wade Phillips. October 19, 2005 - Redskins 14, at Cowboys 13: On an emotional night when Troy Aikman, Emmitt Smith and Michael Irvin are inducted into the Ring of Honor at Texas Stadium, Santana Moss ruins the party with two long touchdown catches in the Last 3: February 46, 1996 - Bears 22, Cowboys 6: After Irvin was suspended and Smith was taken on a stretcher, the Cowboys went without a touchdown for the first time in 70 games. It was the beginning of the beginning of the end of the dynasty. February 4, 1995 - Cowboys 35, at Giants 0: Smith leaps 60 yards for a touchdown on the first handoff of the season and rushes 163 yards to stun the Meadowlands and catapult a Super Bowl season. July 7, 1992 - at Cowboys 23, Redskins 10: Issiac Holt blocks a punt on first possession of the game and the Cowboys whip Mark Rypien and the defending Super Bowl champions. It was the beginning of the beginning of the dynasty. August 1986 - Cowboys 31, Giants 28: An acclaimed newcomer named Herschel Walker, teaming up with Tony Dorsett in the Dallas "Dream Team" backfield, works his way to a winning 10-yard touchdown with 1:16 left Hours. February 15, 1997 - at Cowboys 21, Eagles 20: Dallas miraculously survives when defending Philadelphia champion Tom Hutton bobsled kicker Chris Boniol's 22-yard field goal attempt with :04 points remaining. October 15, 2003 - Cowboys 35 at Giants 32: Coach Bill Parcells earns his first win in Dallas, despite his team giving up a 15-point lead in the fourth quarter. Cowboys are saved by Quincy Carter's pass, Antonio Bryant's clutch reception and seven field goals from Billy Cundiff, including a 52-yarder to force overtime and the game-winner of 25 in the final game. Feb. 5, 1983 - Cowboys 31, Redskins 30: Down 23-3 at halftime, Danny White brings Dallas to an electric season-opening win at old RFK Stadium behind three second-half touchdown passes, two to Tony Hill and the Match winner to Doug Cosbie with 1:49 remaining. 1. October 8, 2007 - Cowboys 25, Bills 24: It's the first MNF game in Buffalo in 13 years and one of the wildest results in the Cowboys' 62-year history. The Cowboys trail 24-13 into the fourth quarter on six Romo turnovers (one fumble and five interceptions, two of which are returned for touchdowns). Romo beats Patrick Crayton for a short touchdown, but Terrell Owens is deprived of a two-point conversion pass, leaving Dallas 24-22 behind. After a shaky carom from Sam Hurd, the Cowboys tight end Tony Curtis retrieves an onside kick. Rookie kicker Nick Folk scores a dramatic win with a 53-yard field goal, only for Buffalo to kill the last millisecond. But on the second try, Folk is good again. *In his first 18 games, Micah Parsons has 17 sacks, the most of any player in NFL history to start a career. Is it possible we're underestimating the Cowboys lion supporter? *As he prepared to host his 5th Annual Dirk Nowitzki Pro Celebrity Tennis Classic Sunday at SMU, the Dallas Mavericks legend took time to assess his former team's prospects for the 2023 season. His warning: Don't freak out if the Mavs don't automatically make the leap from the Conference Finals to the NBA Finals. “The next step isn't always automatic,” Dirk said on 105.3 The Fan this week. “Look at our squads. We were good for 10 years without breaking through. All you can do is get in position and have a good team when the time comes.” Remember Dirk's Mavs lost in the 2006 NBA Finals and didn't sniff another deep playoff run , until they won it all five years later. Planned to attend his tennis tournament: Andy Roddick, U.S. 2003 Open champion, actor Ben Stiller, former teammate Steve Nash and, yes, Luka Doncic. *Don't ask why, but tuned in briefly to Texas Rangers-Anaheim Angels on Wednesday night. The graphic on Bally Sports Southwest blared, "Nate Lowe has had the highest batting the American League...since August home games." That's what happens when your team is 33.5 games behind first place in the A. *Didn't really need a new iPhone, but saw the hype surrounding the new 14 Pro reveal and thought I'd drop by AT&T to see what's out there. Sure enough, "Yes, you're eligible for a free upgrade!" Yes, but because of that tiny $8 monthly increase, the $82 in taxes, the $65 for a new Otter Box, and the one-time $35 upgrade fee? ! And despite those ubiquitous TV commercials featuring "Lily" and their tempting trade-ins, no one asked me to trade in my 11 Pro. Which I am, but apparently retrospectively. And now you know how AT&T affords naming rights to the massive building where the Cowboys play in Arlington. *Last week I surmised that 97.1 The Eagle - the radio home of the Mavs - infused its alternative rock format for something a lot more talkative. Speaking to some industry sources this week, I heard this rumor that would be deafening: "The Eagle is moving to an all-sports format in hopes of filling the void left by 103.3 ESPN. The tent pole will be the Mavs. *There was a time in my childhood - post-dinosaur but internet-shy - when Cowboys fans only saw their team on Sundays. And on some matchdays, watching them run onto the field in their blue shirts made us nauseous. For years, opposing teams wore white at home to get the Cowboys to wear blue. All five of their Super Bowls have been won in white, and they are 0-1 in blue in the championship game. The Giants attempt to reignite the curse Monday night by wearing their all-white throwback uniforms and urging fans to produce a "white-out." *When you hear Jerry Jones drumming out a hopeful "quarterback controversy" between Dak Prescott and Cooper Rush, you need to remember two things: 1. *Coming from a guy who just went out (see above) and a new one iPhone, but I don't understand the excitement about opening a new... grocery store in Frisco this week. At 5 a.m., a winding line of people waited for H-E-B to open its doors. It's not like they give away free bags of food. One of our problems in this country: never see such passion for opening a library or art museum. I don't understand the passion for H-E-B...or Chick-fil-A...or Buc-ees or...I'm pretty sure it's me at this point, not you. *Mavs open training camp next week. In short, Jalen Brunson is leaving the team that lost the Western Conference Finals in five games to the Golden State Warriors, and JaVale McGee, Christian Wood and *Tim Hardaway Jr. have joined. Dirk says: “We think we can compensate for Jalen's absence. Of course, Luka needs to have another monster year.” * The NBA is considering allowing 18-year-olds to enter the league. S. Open at 4pm. Doogie Howser was an "MD" at about 14. Imagine if a teenage piano virtuoso or 12-year-old author were forbidden to practice his profession in his chosen field until he was 19. *Two guys were chatting about immigration at the gym this week. One exclaimed: "If people don't like the way we do things here they should just move away. * Rangers beat the Angels Thursday afternoon to slip to third place in the AL West. If you aren't thrilled with that achievement, how about the fact that for the first time in team history, they have made two triple plays in the same season? *Following last Sunday's Cincinnati Bengals excitement, former Cowboys receiver Dez Bryant was delighted to have won $37,000 on a bet. These people are wondering: How is this legal? *Speaking of gambling paydays, if you won $1.34 billion on the lottery, how long would it take you to claim your prize? But these two in Illinois took eight... weeks. I'm pretty sure I would have spent every penny in that amount of time. *Cowboys are 9-1 in their last 10 against the Giants, with an average win margin of 13.6 points. But if I do I think I'll watch videos like this and this. Or maybe I just went on an LSD trip without taking LSD? * Rush is 2-0 as a bullpen substitute for Prescott. But wait, he's nowhere near what it takes to be in the top 10 most qualified backup quarterbacks in Cowboys history. *I realize we've transitioned quite a bit to a cashless society, but I grabbed a quarter this week and, honestly, it felt like a foreign body. S. Treasury will print 200 million $2 bills in 2022. Two hundred million?! *The NFC East seems to be improving a lot this season, but does that mean Jerry has to be scared of the Philadelphia Eagles? *I'll admit it, every time I see a car doing 100 MPH on a freeway, I hope it ends up that way. *The first day of fall arrived in DFW with temperatures in the mid 90's. But we've officially entered pre-winter. Big Tex is on Friday and next week we're going to eat fried at the state fair. *This week at a restaurant, the condiments were conveniently placed on the table. *After a scintillating preseason half, Cowboys rookie KaVontae Turpin was largely a disappointment with a carry for three yards and modest averages on punt (12.3 yards) and kickoff (19.3) returns. *I know it's hip to complain about "high gas prices"! and all but... prices fell for a record-breaking 98 straight days and are now at $3.14 compared to $2.81 a year ago. That means you'll pay about $5 more for a 15-gallon fill. You're guaranteed to have more than $5 in "hidden fees" in your life, such as: Friday is for maybe - finally - seeing some Ted Lasso. Sunday is for the NFL, sans Cowboys. As always, don't be a stranger. Subscribe to Cowboys Fish Report on YouTube for daily Cowboys livestream podcasts and reports!


East Longmeadow used frustration as motivation in the 3-0 win over Easthampton

EAST LONGMEADOW — The East Longmeadow girls' volleyball team took to the court Wednesday night with a clear and shared mindset that was shared across the team: Put worries away from Monday's loss to Mount Greylock and focus on the game ahead. It clearly worked as the Spartans defeated Easthampton in three sets and handed the Eagles their second loss of the season. "Leave it all behind... (Author: Gardener)

EasthamptonEAST LONGMEADOW — The East Longmeadow girls' volleyball team took to the court Wednesday night with a clear and shared mindset that was shared across the team: Put worries away from Monday's loss to Mount Greylock and focus on the game ahead. It clearly worked as the Spartans defeated Easthampton in three sets and handed the Eagles their second loss of the season. "Put that all behind you and take it out on the ball," East Longmeadow coach Kyle Andolina said. After coming back to take an early lead in the second set, East Longmeadow fought back, leveling the score and forcing Easthampton to call a time-out. It was held close due to the efforts of her teammate and Adrienne Rioux sent it over the net, falling and changing the hand for the Spartans. As the set went on, laughter and smiles erupted from East Longmeadow. Regardless of the body part, the Spartans had a response to Easthampton every time they sent the ball over the net and that carried them to victory in the second set 25-19. “We've had a lot of practice making system plays and it was really instinct,” said captain Ashley Kahi. As for her co-captain, Ally Vought wasn't so lucky when the ball bounced off her head, but East Longmeadow managed to keep it in play. "Just keep at it," Vought said. Kahi finished the match with seven kills, three aces, and two digs, while Vought had 21 assists, one kill, and one ace. That defined the breakdown for Easthampton in the opening set. With several players running toward a ball or unaware of the others nearby, the Eagles couldn't find their rhythm early in the game. As sloppy play quickly revealed, "Be ready" was a constant mantra of Easthampton's coach Molly Jacobson, who seemed frustrated by her team's early struggles. Yet it seemed the Eagles were unprepared for the sheer determination and dominance East Longmeadow played with throughout the game. A lot of the problems stemmed from the Spartans' heavy serves and spikes sending the ball over and leaving the Eagles trying to sustain it and create a game. This continued throughout the remainder of the game, with Easthampton players screaming that they have the ball while others ran forward to get it rather than falling behind. After a strong run, East Longmeadow put an end to Easthampton's misery when Rioux goaded the ball and gave them the win in the first set. Rioux recorded eight kills, an ace and an assist in the win. Still, there were some positives for the Eagles that night, showing promise on their serves. After getting her first serve of the night, Easthampton's Kaelin Damon sent the ball over the net and onto the ground, earning an ace and the Eagles their first point. She followed up with another ace before sending the ball straight into the net. It seemed like something was in the water for Easthampton as Emersyn Nadin netted an ace on her first serve, but the next serve netted, much like her teammate. In the third set, it was Damon who kept the Eagles' hopes alive by hitting five straight aces and forcing East Longmeadow to a timeout. While their efforts allowed Easthampton to potentially stage a comeback, they were ultimately unsuccessful, falling 25-21. Damon finished the match with seven aces while also recording three kills and five digs. East Longmeadow (4-2) returns to the court for a game against Lenox on Friday at 6pm. At home.


The best Disney cartoons on a Saturday morning, from Recess to Pepper Ann

From Teamo Supremo to Teacher's Pet, these were the best Disney cartoons to wake up to on Saturday mornings. (Author: Gardener)

SaturdayFor almost as long as television has existed, animation has had a home on Saturday mornings, but at the peak of cable television's popularity in the late '90s, animated shows were able to find a place in newer venues that catered to almost all-day animation and entertainment Children's programs like Nickelodeon, Cartoon Network and of course The Disney Channel. One Saturday Morning was packed with animated series that expanded the identity of Disney TV animation beyond Mickey and Friends by showcasing stories with more relevance and creator-driven artistry. Here are the eight best "enlightening television" animated series to ever come off One Saturday Morning! Teamo Supremo perfectly encapsulates the feel of a classic Saturday morning cartoon. Created by Phil Walsh, the series follows a trio of superhero kids as they use their toys to battle off-beat super villains and monsters in the schoolyard. With an all-star cast of veteran voice talents and snappy dialogue, Teamo Supremo is an almost forgotten staple of the One Saturday Morning cast. Commonly abbreviated to just "Paul and Joe," this sci-fi sitcom, created by Recess co-creators Paul Germain and Joe Ansolabehere, stars the titular alien teenager, voiced by Courtland Mead, as the main character, while living day-to-day on a colossal space station where species from across the galaxy coexist in the aftermath of WW9. While an interstellar sitcom is hardly new, what makes Lloyd in Space great sci-fi for kids is that it takes scenarios and themes identifiable to a growing audience and paints them against a backdrop of the extraordinary. world communities. Much like Star Trek, the series used the scale and diversity of its setting and time period to explore very human and earthly themes like bullying, puberty, and even fluid gender identity. Adjusted for inflation, the original 101 Dalmatians from 1961 not only remained one of the highest-grossing Disney animated films, but one of the highest-grossing films of all time at the worldwide box office. The film's popularity exploded in the '90s and 2000s with live-action adaptations starring Glenn Close, a direct-to-video sequel, and a fully animated TV series. The show serves as a hybrid sequel to the original animated film and live-action remake, combining characterizations and plot elements from both films while establishing its own identity as a wacky slapstick cartoon. Of the major spin-offs of Disney's Dalmatian domination, this series continues to be one of the most enchanting and bizarre. Of all the series that descended from popular Disney animated films, Hercules, developed by Tad Stones, had perhaps the greatest advantage in moving from the big screen to the small screen. Set while he's still in training to go from zero to hero, the series follows Herc (Tate Donovan) as he navigates high school with his friends Icarus (French Stewart) and Cassandra (Sandra Bernhard) while he Hades, lord of the underworld (James Woods) fights against monsters and henchmen. Despite the very liberal creative leeway with the film's canon, the series' greatest asset was its ability to ironically draw candidly from Greek mythology for its stories, incorporating a pantheon of gods and legends to create a relatable coming-of-age sitcom to tell . Years before buying Marvel or Star Wars, Disney picked up Doug, one of the first Nicktoons, after Nickelodeon refused to renew its contract with creator Jim Jenkins and Jumbo Pictures. The result was Disney's "Brand Spanking New!" Doug found a home on Disney's One Saturday Morning for a longer run of episodes than Nickelodeon. With slightly recast voice talent and a slight time warp from the original series, Doug stayed true to his roots as a cerebral fusion of daydreams and reality from the perspective of Doug Funnie (Tom McHugh) while struggling with insecurity and other typical youth issues in the town of Bluffington. What greatly differentiated Disney's Doug from the original was its openness to discussing topics that the kids who grew up watching Nickelodeon's Doug can relate to, giving it a slightly grown-up edge while retaining its calm and lively charm. Created by Sue Rose and designed by Codename: Kids Next Door creator Tom Warburton, Pepper Ann leaned further toward teen audiences than arguably any other Disney animated series before or since. The series was the first Disney series to be created by a woman, and chronicles a whimsical but serious look at young womanhood through the eyes of precocious Pepper Ann (Kathleen Wilhoite). A. Sitcoms that aired on the block, Pepper Ann didn't rely on many embellishments or high-concept settings to tell his stories, playing himself as a fairly down-to-earth show about youth, even going as far as racism and addressing social issues of justice and even feminine hygiene a few decades before Pixar's Turning Red. Creators Paul and Joe first found their teeth in the TV animation of Nickelodeon's hugely successful Rugrats, which turned the monotonous lives of babies into epic dramas and adventure transformed. Recess operates on the same philosophy as Rugrats, but focuses on the prison-like setting of the public elementary school. Following a group of friends with different abilities and temperaments, the series paints the schoolyard as a harsh caste system and the administrators as jail guards, turning a typical day on recess into a socio-political war drama or prison escape film. This irony has made the series one of the most popular and remembered of the block for balancing melodramatic, over-the-top drama with low-stakes ordinariness in a resonant and hilariously eloquent way by Nathan Lane, whose dreams of becoming a real boy will propel him into the world of elementary school as his human alter ego "Scott". The theatrically melodramatic spot becomes the best in class and the most popular kid in the neighborhood amidst a community of rude classmates, snarky roommates and overbearing teachers.


Carmen Electra in plunging dress asks about 'Friday plans'

Actress Carmen Electra never fails to wow in an incredibly plunging gown, while the 50-year-old legend strikes another stunning pose. (Author: Gardener)

'FridayActress and model Carmen Electra once again wowed in a gorgeous dress over the weekend as she asked fans about her Friday plans. Carmen has 1.4 million followers on Instagram, and she entertains them with a constant supply of fabulous poses and pictures. The Scary Movie alum was back on the imaging app this weekend, where she posted a picture of herself in a fabulous dress to her story. Carmen was pictured in a form-fitting dress that hit her waist. There weren't many accessories to be seen, but she wore a pair of strappy heels that complemented the whole look. Carmen wrote a small text on the photo, firstly she wrote "MOOD" and secondly she asked the fans if they had any "plans for Friday". Carmen posted another stunning picture the day before, this time on her regular Instagram. The blonde bombshell showed off her golden tan as she enjoyed the bright sunshine while holding on to a tree. She captioned this post "#thursdayvibes ☀️ enjoy the sun every chance I get #sun #pool #vibes ✨" This post had almost 15,000 likes when it was written. Carmen Electra has recently turned 50 and has been hitting our screens since the 1990's which means she has appeared in many great shows and films and has some great throwback pictures to regale her fans with. She often posts footage and videos from her time at Baywatch or from Scary Movie. However, Carmen recently posted a picture of an iconic dress from the 1997 MTV Video Music Awards. The incredible side slit black dress looked absolutely stunning as it showcased the actress' perfect physique. She captioned the post, "Happy MTV VMA days from 1997!❣️#vma#VMAs#[email protected]@vmas#1997💋" and at the time of writing it had garnered over 25,000 likes.


Facts only hardcore fans know about WWE Raw

Three things are certain in this world: death, taxes, and "Monday Night Raw" that each work airs. But there are many things even big fans don't know about the red brand. (Author: Gardener)

Monday Night RawThree things are certain in this world: death, taxes, and "Monday Night Raw," which airs Monday nights. Often referred to as "the longest-running weekly episodic television show in history," "Raw" mixes some truth with a few weedy words. "Monday Night Raw," as WWE itself notes, actually has the most episodes for a show that runs live weekly, spanning over 1,500 episodes. That being said, there are shows that have aired for more years, such as The Simpsons. The difference is that these shows didn't produce new episodes weekly throughout the year. Over the years, WWE has added and dropped programs to its weekly lineup, but "Monday Night Raw" has been a staple since its January 1993 launch. A lot has happened during this monstrous amount of programming, and "Raw" has undergone changes to its appearance, the way storylines are presented, and the talent that's featured weekly. Monday Night Raw has provided fans with many memorable matches, feuds, and segments, but there are many pieces of Raw's history that are often forgotten. In fact, "Raw" grew more out of the idea of ​​how the WWF wanted "Monday Night Raw" to "feel". Bruce Prichard, who was Vince's right-hand man at the time, said on the Not Sam podcast (h/t Ringside News) that the WWF wanted a show that was dingy, dirty and unpolished. The WWF wanted to show audiences that anything can happen and make them feel like even those working on the show don't know what's going to happen at any given moment. After more spam and debate about the look and feel of the show, Vince McMahon and the producers decided that the show should feel "raw," and the rest is history. On January 11, 1993, "Monday Night Raw" hit the airwaves unabridged, uncooked, and uncensored. The first episode of "Monday Night Raw" and many episodes after it came out of beautiful Manhattan Center in New York City. According to PWI Insider, Vince McMahon had a great vision for "Raw" where it would take place in an elegant setting and give the show an "upscale" vibe. The "Raw" taping took place on the eighth floor, giving over a thousand fans the choice of either taking one of two elevators or walking up eight floors. Additionally, some wrestlers complained about the cost of moving to New York City to complete taping. Post-retirement, WWE has returned to Manhattan Center twice since their original departure, once in 1997 and again in 2018 for the 25th Anniversary Special "Raw." WrestleMania weekend is a heavily hyped time for both fans and the media, and that hype has only increased since WWE turned WrestleMania into a two-night extravaganza. This episode of "Raw" always features a hot audience, episodes of WrestleMania, and big debuts and surprises. This "raw" took place on April 5, 1993 and was actually filmed before WrestleMania IX. Lawler started as an announcer for WWF Superstars a year earlier and had wrestled with territories for years at the 1993 Royal Rumble. However, this was the first time fans had seen Lawler compete in the ring on Raw. He faced Jim Powers and left the match twice because fans chanted "Burger King" to him. If you watch this "Raw" any fan will understand what became of "Raw" after WrestleMania. Championship title changes aren't always commonplace on Monday Night Raw. Normally reserved for pay-per-view matches, a title change on "Raw" can make an episode historic. On the May 13 episode of "Monday Night Raw" of that year, Shawn Michaels (the then Intercontinental Champion) faced his longtime tag team partner Marty Jannetty. Jannetty defeated Michaels to win the Intercontinental Championship, and while his reign lasted only 20 days, that title change helped cement "Raw"'s credibility as a mainstay on Monday night. The first World Title change didn't come until December 29, 1998. The main event of this pre-taped episode of "Raw" saw The Rock vs. Mankind with the WWF title at stake. Mankind had garnered quite a bit of fan attention by this time and in great excitement he defeated The Rock to win his first WWF Championship. One of the most notorious moments in the history of "Raw" occurred during the heated feud between "Stone Cold" Steve Austin and Brian Pillman. In this segment, Steve Austin broke into Pillman's home for a confrontation and Brian Pillman drew a gun on Stone Cold. "Raw" goes out of the air while Pillman still aims the gun wildly. Vince McMahon's hope with this segment was to bring more realism to the product and break away from the cartoon feel of Monday Night Raw. However, as reported by EWrestling, this segment was so authentic that many parents called USA Network to express concerns about the violent content. This led to USA Network almost dropping "Monday Night Raw" from its schedule. When things cooled down, there was a consensus within WWF management to tone down the content a bit and that the Austin/Pillman segment was too much. Of course, WWF continued to seriously push boundaries later on during the Attitude era, despite the controversy that segment generated. It was also a launching pad for what would become the true "Stone Cold" Steve Austin character. The 1997 Royal Rumble match had a controversial ending when Steve Austin was declared the official winner. The ending of the game caused much confusion, and to capitalize on this confusion, the WWF marketed the January 27, 1997 episode of "Raw" as "Royal Rumble Raw." This was the first two-hour broadcast of "Monday Night Raw" (per Sportskeeda), and many fans thought they were watching the controversial Royal Rumble, which took place 24 hours earlier. Unfortunately, all fans got a filler card sprinkled with some Royal Rumble match highlights. The problem was, pay-per-view was a huge moneymaker these days, and there was no way Vince McMahon and cable providers actually aired the whole Royal Rumble match when there was pay-per-view replay money to be had. In 1997, the WWF and "Monday Night Raw" were constantly being thrashed into a ratings war against WCW "Nitro". The two shows would compete on the same night in the same timeslot. This led Vince McMahon to wonder what would happen if "Raw" aired unopposed on another night (per Cultured Vultures). That thought spawned a one-of-a-kind "Thursday Night Raw" show on February 13, 1997, which actually turned out to be a huge episode. The show's most notable bit came when Shawn Michaels came out to tell fans he was giving up his WWF Championship because he had "lost his smile." Exactly what that means is yet to be interpreted, but at the time the storyline was that Michaels had a career-threatening knee injury. In fact, it opened the door wide for one of wrestling's biggest stars, "Stone Cold" Steve Austin. From that singularly raw, Austin began feuding with Bret Hart, which brought her to a dramatic climax at WrestleMania 13, and an instant classic was born amidst a double twist. It begs the question, would this ever have happened if Shawn Michaels hadn't "lost his smile" on Thursday Night Raw? The highest-rated episode of "Monday Night Raw" came about as a result of a stroke of luck for the WWF and some misfortunes for WCW. The May 10, 1999 episode of "Raw" received a staggering 8.1 ratings, following the trend of increasing ratings for the WWF. There were a few things that got an 8.1 rating from the WWF (via Bleacher Report). so "Raw" ran on this Monday evening without dissenting votes. The team of Steve Austin, The Rock and Vince McMahon competed against the team of Triple H, Undertaker and Shane McMahon. USA Network was home to Monday Night Raw from its January 11, 1993 launch through September 18, 2000. As of September 25, 2000, the "Raw" product jumped the boat and became part of TNN/Spike TV and joined the Viacom family for five years. On October 3, 2005, "Raw" had a homecoming episode that aired on USA Network for the first time in five years. There have been some reports (via Sportskeeda) that over time USA Network regretted letting "Raw" go to Spike TV after the fact. On episode 232 of Something To Wrestle With, Bruce Prichard - who was then executive producing on Raw - summed up his thinking at the time: "We look at NBC Universal as a whole, and the different partnerships that we have, and how we do it being able to use those and go through them, and the doors that have opened up not just from a small USA network in Monday Night RAW, but across the board with theme parks, we've partnered with Universal Theme Parks and have been doing various things." Since WWE has had a great relationship with USA Network since that time and has aired weekly ever since Monday prime time airing has always been a defining factor for the Raw brand, but that wasn't always the case when the Westminster Dog Show took a slot in the USA Network needed The Westminster Dog Show ran annually with (according to the horrifying announcement) night one on CNBC and night two on U SA Network, beginning in 1984. Over the years, the two shows clashed a few times, causing Raw to have to switch to a different night, such as "Saturday Night Raw" in 1999 (it was still airing Monday in Canada aired), or anticipated entirely, as it was in 2006 (via Cageside Seats). Sometimes WWE would set up alternative programming that took place before the dog show went live. In 2017, "Raw" was no longer in danger of being brought forward as the dog show aired primarily on Fox Sports 1. It was always an odd occurrence to see a juggernaut of a show like Monday Night Raw get knocked out by the Westminster Dog Show, but hey, these dogs gotta win championships too. As the WWF transitioned to a fancier product during the Attitude Era, they also wanted a fancier name for "Raw", hence "Raw is War". Additionally, the second half of "Raw" was dubbed "War Zone" to freshen up the show's final hour. This idea of ​​considering "Raw" as a "Warzone" originated in 1997, just before the dawn of the Attitude era. The terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001 changed WWF's attitude to using "war" as a marketing tool for its weekly "Raw" show. As talk of a "war on terror" began to grow, the WWF brought its weekly Monday show back to "Monday Night Raw" and also dropped the idea of ​​the "War Zone" in the second hour (per TJRWrestling). Roman Reigns is being booed and fans are calling him 'overrated'. The negativity doesn't seem to matter as Roman Reigns wins the 2015 Royal Rumble to the annoyance of everyone at home and in the arena. Now everyone wanted to know how WWE would do damage control, and they wanted to hear the live audience reaction from the "Raw" crowd in Hartford, Connecticut. However, Mother Nature also hated booking Roman Reigns and WWE back then, and a huge snowstorm hit the New England area. WWE still had three hours of programming to fill Monday night to maintain its contract with USA Network. The January 26, 2015 episode of "Raw" was packed with plenty of backstage interviews from WWE HQ, most notably one with Roman Reigns and then-WWE Champion Brock Lesnar (via The Washington Post). In addition, WWE showed highlights and recaps from the Royal Rumble pay-per-view. One of the unique features of the longest-running weekly episodic television show in history is the fact that some characters are staying with it for the long haul. Much like a soap opera, WWE has featured some wrestlers/characters hundreds of times on Monday Night Raw. It's a fair guess that John Cena holds the record for most appearances on Raw, and at one point it did. However, in recent years, Randy Orton has stolen that title from Cena, putting on over 450 performances (at the time of writing). Orton was brought to WWE in 2002 as part of the Evolution stable and later became the youngest World Heavyweight Champion. Read this next: WWE's most ridiculous gimmick matches ever


Davao Mayor Sebastian Duterte slams netizen over complaint –

Davao City Mayor Sebastian Duterte drew mixed reactions from netizens after publicly posting his response to a Davaoeño's complaint. (Author: Gardener)

Sebastian DuterteDavao City Mayor Sebastian "Baste" Duterte received mixed reactions from netizens after he publicly posted his reply to a Davaoeño's private message. A netizen from Davaoeño privately messaged the mayor on his Facebook account, complaining about the current water shortage. "Are we still the most livable city, Mr. Mayor? When we had to swear, there was still no water delivered on our street in our subdivision. No water causes more hunger than no electricity. We can't cook because we don't have water. Take down the DAVAO LIFE IS HERE poster along Diversion Road, as it seems the city only became uninhabitable during your reign. You have so many photo ops but don't take any action. Yes, you're good looking, but you don't have a great work ethic. Summon DCWD [Davao City Water District].” Duterte then responded, calling the netizen “Bulok” or “lazy” for accusing him: “Are you really lazy enough to blame my two months as mayor for the water shortage? Hello ma'am. He then uploaded a screenshot of their exchange on social media, complete with the netizen's name and photo. The mayor basically got the netizen into overdrive, getting over 27,000 reactions, 4,000 comments and 8,000 shares on Facebook (at the time of this writing). There have been water supply problems in parts of Davao City for weeks. According to Sunstar, DCWD's capacity to serve its customers has been severely reduced for a variety of reasons, including non-functioning pumps and damaged electrical wiring. The local government of Davao City uses the slogan "Davao: Life is Here" for tourism. The slogan is used on Davao's official website and social media pages, as well as various promotional materials across the city. Davao has also been consistently ranked as one of the most livable cities in the Philippines. Netizens have had mixed reactions to Mayor Sebastian Duterte's latest post. Some of his supporters came to his defense, saying the citizen's message was rude and disrespectful. One netizen commended the mayor for responding rather than dismissing the citizen as a troll: "To those who say the mayor's response shows he is unfit to be mayor, some people are right to complain, will." but dismissed as 'trolls' by your idols, as if that person doesn't exist and deserves an answer. It's good that the mayor responded to start the conversation about the water issue.” But others expressed disappointment at how he'd handled his constituent's complaint. "Being mean to people, Mayor, doesn't make you look tough at all. She was obviously expressing her frustration and just wanted a solution to the problem. We could have handled that very professionally as MAYOR, too bad.” Netizens pointed out that he could at least have removed anything that could identify the person who messaged him. But by uploading the citizen's full Facebook name and profile picture, he left her vulnerable to social media attacks. A simple search for the citizen's Facebook name already reveals many rude and negative posts addressed to her, to which one netizen pointed out: “I don't know her, but she doesn't deserve to be humiliated. People attack her ad hominem and shit (you know social media) but she sent you a private message. We should understand where she is coming from and I don't think posting the convo (with her name) is a better action after all the buloks she got. We need some empathy for people." But according to the mayor, he wanted to post the conversation himself because he doesn't want it "used against [him]." Save your comments [for] the next one. I have nothing but good intentions as I sit in this office. This is how I wanted to react to what she said and posted before she gets to post it herself. After all, this is social media. We can say and do whatever we want. Your comment and opinion on how I have acted on this matter is an example of what I am describing. This post serves as a consequence not only for that person, but also for myself. On her own Facebook account, another Davaoeño expressed his feelings on the matter: “How executives respond to concerns and complaints shows how quickly they turn to the defense. What is the use of answering them with swear words? And just because you found the tone of the complaint disrespectful doesn't mean you're posting a screenshot of a private message from a citizen just wanting to express their struggle. Although they didn't give names, they did mention "Sunday vibes," apparently referring to Davao Mayor's own post. The Davaoeño's post found its way into the mayor's feed, and he shared it on his own page, where he defended himself: "I posted this so that this interaction would be from me and not be used against me. Simply because I want to throw bullshit at people who talk bullshit. Netizens pointed out that as an official, he should get used to hearing people's complaints and not taking things personally. "Water is a basic need, we shouldn't beg for it," wrote one netizen. “You are a leader, taking action rather than angering your constituents. Netizens also pointed out that although the citizen may have been rude to him, he should have reacted with more patience. And at the very least, he should have protected the privacy of his constituents, the very people he swore to serve when he took his oath as mayor. One netizen wrote: One netizen wrote: "Mayor, maybe the point is we shouldn't take insults back with insults. You are a civil servant and also a father. Nothing gets solved if you always react harshly. Perhaps she could have learned her lesson better if we had responded in a friendly or polite manner. And we could have posted it without the name.” Meanwhile, some Davaoeños just wanted the drama to stop. What do you think of the Mayor of Davao's latest posts? 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