Product Review: AXE Hold + Touch Styling Products

When I received the new AXE Hold + Touch hair styling products, I was skeptical. Too many times in the past I had fallen prey to styling products that you could squeeze out of a tube that simply didn’t work.

More often than not, these products had the consistency and holding power of Dep or LA Looks (for all you children of the 80s and 90s), and no matter how many layers you glopped on, the product wouldn’t hold — it would merely coat your hair, mat it down and make it look sweaty, like Colin Farrell’s portrayal of Don Johnson in Miami Vice. Or, Don Cheadle in any movie he has ever been in. And guess what guys? Chicks hate the sweaty, Vaseline hair look.

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Interview w/Packers Greg Jennings – Better QB, Favre or Rodgers?

Greg Jennings, Super Bowl champion and two-time Pro Bowl selection (2010, 2011), didn’t disappoint when we discussed petting a grown man like a dog, his hate for Bears fans and who has better balls: Brett Favre or Aaron Rodgers.

Was it weird to pet a grown man like a dog?

Oh man it was real weird. It was spooky because it looked so realistic; it’s unbelievable, the process.

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Product Review: Axe Fixers Line

In baseball in a critical situation, sometimes you need to put in a pinch hitter to change the flow and momentum of a game. Say you’re the Red Sox in the late 80’s and you’re down by a run in the ninth with men on second and third with two outs. Jody Reed enters the game and promptly slaps a pitch off the Green Monster for a double, scoring two runs, giving the BoSox the lead. The Axe Fixers line is like a young Jody Reed, leading the AL in doubles in 1990, completely changing the game.

The Axe Fixers line is a collection of shower gels and deodorant body sprays that are “designed to help guys revitalize the senses to fix their mind and change the game.” The collection is comprised of six fragrances:

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Greatest Slam Dunk Champion Ever – Part Four

Read parts onetwo and three of this series here. In ranking these champions, I want to completely exclude their overall skill as basketball players, and focus solely on their ability to dunk the basketball.

Also, I think era in which they were dunking in is very significant, as is height. With those parameters laid out, let me throw the second five names at you, in no particular order. Of these five, I will rank them by reader comments via Hoopsvibe.com, Facebook and private emails.

This group of five is easily the most stacked. So many studs, from different eras, with different dunking styles.

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Greatest Slam Dunk Contest Champion Ever – Part Three

Read part one of this series here and part two of this series here. In ranking these champions, I want to completely exclude their overall skill as basketball players, and focus solely on their ability to dunk the basketball.

Also, I think era in which they were dunking in is very significant, as is height. With those parameters laid out, let me throw the second five names at you, in no particular order. Of these five, I will rank them by reader comments via Hoopsvibe.com, Facebook and private emails. The player who gets the most vote moves into the “Final Four” of great dunkers, from which a mythical champ will be crowned; open wide, here they come!

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Greatest Slam Dunk Contest Champion Ever – Part Two

Read part one of this series here. In ranking these champions, I want to completely exclude their overall skill as basketball players, and focus solely on their ability to dunk the basketball. Also, I think era in which they were dunking in is very significant, as is height.

With those parameters laid out, let me throw the second five names at you, in no particular order. Of these five, I will rank them by reader comments via Hoopsvibe.com, Facebook and private emails. The player who gets the most vote moves into the “Final Four” of great dunkers, from which a mythical champ will be crowned; open wide, here they come!!

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Product Review: Old Spice Fresh Collection

When braving the untamed wilderness of manhood there are many pitfalls and natural predators. The greatest of all? Your own body odor. The only thing worse than smelling bad is not knowing you smell bad. So for us guys who are too busy, unconcerned or stupid to realize it, Old Spice has your back (and underarms, and banus) thanks to the Old Spice Fresh Collection.

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Chauncey Billups is Method Man

If Chauncey Billups was a rapper he would be Method Man. Sure, everyone knows who he is and that he’s good, but few people can point to a single specific performance to define him as such. And what makes both so unheralded is actually what makes them great; they are so good at doing what they do and at multiple facets consistently, that they are taken for granted.

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Joseph Addai Isn’t Dead Yet

Yes, Addai burned many of us last season. A consensus top 10 pick he failed to live up to the lofty expectations of being a #1 running back who didn’t have to share carries for the first time in his career. But getting him in the fourth round or beyond as I have seen in numerous mock drafts has “steal” written all over it.

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2009 NFL Draft Interview with Indianapolis Colts Running Back Donald Brown

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Pssst! Want to know a secret with less than 72 hours before the NFL Draft? Donald Brown is the best running back available.

Chris Wells and Knowshon Moreno, who have thus far been pegged as the two “can’t miss” RB’s in this draft and are considered by most to be #1 and #2 running backs available, benefit from coming out of two of the “power conferences”. But hasn’t history indicated time and time again that this is at the very least a false assumption?

The running back position, especially in terms of the NFL Draft is a fickle mistress. For every first rounder like Adrian Peterson, there are five Kijana Carters, Curtis Enis’, Rashaan Salaam’s, Lawrence Phillips’ or “insert your favorite teams notable draft bust RB here” who also came from “power conferences.”

But somewhere on the eastern seaboard, Donald Brown sits and doesn’t read too much into anything he hears.

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Kurt Warner: NFL Hall of Fame Inductee?

Kurt Warner waves to the 50,000 in attendance at the NFL Pro Bowl
Kurt Warner waves to the 50,000 in attendance at the NFL Pro Bowl.

“Make Love, Not Warner”

With the specter of the Cardinals making it to the Super Bowl looming as a real possibility, this question has begun to be asked in ever increasing frequency; Does Kurt Warner deserve to be in the NFL Hall of Fame if the Cardinals win the Super Bowl? If he wins, absolutely, hands down, no doubt about it.

But if he doesn’t? That’s where it gets really interesting.

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Most Versatile Defender in the NFL – An Interview with Terrell Suggs

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Terrell Suggs is a freak. And not just because his 6-3, 270 lbs frame has played all 11 defensive positions in his career with the Baltimore Ravens, but also because he entered the NFL at the tender age of 20 years old. Think about that for a second; what were you doing when you were 20? I’ll tell you what I damn sure wasnt doing; taking on full grown men in hand to hand physical combat on a national stage every Sunday.

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Marcellus Wiley: Interview With Former Pro Bowler/ESPN Analyst

To say Marcellus Wiley is an engaging conversationalist is like saying Einstein was pretty good at math.

So engaging in fact, that the ten-year NFL veteran’s personality outgrew his sizeable 6-4, 275 pound frame and mutated into “Dat Dude”; Wiley’s off the field entertainment persona that specializes in throwing ridiculous parties, mackin’ all the fly ladies and starting successful business ventures, not necessarily in that order.

Whether it’s “Prolebrity” a project mixing professional athletes and filmmakers on the silver screen or “La’Tik” a fashion boutique he opened in Santa Monica, Wiley hits on all cylinders as a human being and does not limit himself to the title of “Former NFL All Pro.”

I spoke to Marcellus about working on ESPN, the NFL Draft, Jeff Fisher and Madden ’08.

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Livestrong Bracelets Destroy Families

Did you know that Livestrong bracelets are mass produced by parent-less, orphaned, child laborers who sleep in cages, deep within the seedy underbelly of downtown Tokyo?

You didn’t see Lance Armstrong thanking them after his 6th Tour de France victory, did you? No! But, I bet you saw him pimp these godless items in the name of cancer prevention and treatment, didn’t you?

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Goateed Woman

Woman-Goatee

One thing that I have learned about crazy old ladies is that typically, (and I would hate to make a sweeping generalization here) the longer their goatee, the more they are out of their mind. The stench of urine they emit also holds some type of bearing on mental stability, with the more pungent odor signifying less ability to function within the social constructs of civilization.

The building that I am currently living in is an exact replica of the hotel in the movie The Shining, starring Jack Nicholson. While that in and of itself doesn’t raise an inherent sense of fear, the thought of that combined with the thought of a 55 year old schizophrenic woman who drags around a laundry cart filled with heels of bread, walks with a limp and plays on the elevator until 3 in the morning, does.

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Seventh Grade Mixer + Down Syndrome = CHAOS

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The most questionable and single most objectionable event I ever witnessed was watching a kid with down syndrome win the air guitar contest at my 7th grade mixer.

Sure, it seems harmless enough, doesn’t it? Cram about 300 prepubescent 7th grade boys and girls in a small place and serve Coke, while a rented DJ played the top 40 hits of the day, such as Bon Jovi and the Spin Doctors. (I guess some of us were more like post-prepubescent because we had pubes and we could get a boner when exiting our desk if we weren’t careful.)

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Donald Rumsfeld Announces “War On Peace”

In a stunning turn of events revealed on Wednesday, United States Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld announced plans for the commencement of a “War on Peace”, slated to begin by sweeping American city streets as soon as next week.

“With the failure of the ‘War on Drugs’, the ‘War on Terrorism’ and the trifecta, the ‘War on Poverty’, your government has decided to pick a fight that it can’t possibly lose,” said Rumsfeld as he casually adjusted his nut sac with both hands. “By needlessly slaughtering thousands, well….actually, we’re hoping more like millions, of innocent people across the world, we can join together and eradicate a common enemy; Peace.”

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“RIP The Cut” – Interview With DJ RIP

As Omaha’s Hip-Hop culture continues to develop, few people can lay claim to the level of influence and experience that DJ RIP (aka Mike Dunham) has donated to the cause. Known as “The Old Skool Specialist”, the Omaha native has been perfecting his craft since the early 1980’s. As the first Hip-Hop artist from the state of Nebraska to ever have a vinyl record pressed and released, RIP is familiar with Omaha’s Hip-Hop history.

“In the early 1980’s, there were many Hip-Hop shows and functions with various artists like Mario Scratch, Brian B, DJ Suicide, Star Steppers, and Harland Gunn. These guys were MC’s, DJ’s, Beatboxers and B-Boys who kept Hip-Hop flourishing throughout the 1980’s.” said RIP. “1987, there was a huge emcee battle called “The Battle of The Bands” that took place at the Civic Auditorium. There were over thirty different Rap/Hip-Hop crews that competed in that show. The number of participants shows that the Hip-Hop community in Omaha was definitely thriving at the time, but in 1988 when NWA came out, Gangsta Rap exploded. The Hip-Hop scene in Omaha was lost in the transition to Gangsta Rap and as a result, the Hip-Hop culture began suffering.”

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Kid From Kid N Play Unleashes The Secrets Of His High Top Fade

“At its peak, the flattop was between 8 and 9 inches, but its ego was around 8 or 9 feet. When it got its own agent, I knew it was time for the flattop to meet its ever impending doom.”

While Kid may have been the owner of the worlds’ most renown flattop, his talent far exceeds the length of his hair follicles. Born and raised in NY, NY, Kid first tasted success as one half of the platinum record selling hip-hop duo, “Kid n Play”.

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Cypress Hill “Stoned Raiders” Album Review

Remember Suzie from your sixth grade class that “developed” a little bit earlier than all of the other chicks? She stimulated your thinking in a way you had previously never imagined and she inspired a part of you that you didn’t even know existed.

Now, remember how you felt when you found out that the only thing that Suzie had truly “developed” was a strong liking for two ply Charmin ultra roll toilet paper? Those same feelings of deep remorse and frustration will also be felt by any Cypress Hill fan who listens to the bands sixth studio album release, Stoned Raiders.

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The String Cheese Incident – Band Interview

On July 9th and 10th, nationally recognized jam band “The String Cheese Incident”, will be performing at Westfair Amphitheatre.  Also performing are special guests Femi Kuti, who will perform on the 9th, and Karl Denson who will perform on the 10th.  The two-day show is a concept that is unique in today’s musical landscape and seems to be favored mostly by bands labeled as “Jam Bands”.  I asked Billy Nershi, guitarist and vocalist for The String Cheese Incident, for his definition of a “Jam Band”

“I think that a jam band is a band that is into a different musical experience every time they step onto the stage.  The main thing is that the musicians, who are performing, are not trying to control the music and drive it in a certain direction.  fun and it’s a great experience, every time.”

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An Interview with Kevin Pollak

“In a lot of ways, Hollywood is just like high school with money,” said comedian/actor/producer Kevin Pollak.

“You’ve got all the clicks and peer groups and the pecking order just like you did in high school. The football players, the popular chicks, the nerds, and then you’ve got all the smokers huddled around a car outside. The money gives people a false sense of power but when you strip all of that away, they’re still the same idiots, only with money. The biggest misconception about this industry is that it’s so glamorous. It really isn’t.”

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Simon Says – Band Interview

Simon Says is a four-member band based in Sacramento, California.  The band has achieved national prominence thanks to touring with acts such as Limp Bizkit and Staind.  Zac Diebels, guitarist of Simon Says, claims the reason for their success is a heavy focus on the audience.

“When the kids come to our show, we don’t want them to think that since we are up on the stage that we are unapproachable.  Crowd interaction and just getting to know the fans is what we are all about.”  

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Meet me at FolkHouse – Music Review

When I think of folk music, I immediately imagine a room filled with a wide variety of people listening intently to a singer emptying a bucket filled with life experience upon the audience.  If this sounds like an enjoyable experience that can be hard to find in the Omaha Metro area, then the FolkHouse is the place for you.

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Heartbreakers – Movie Review


“Cute leads to screwing which leads to screwed.”  This is the philosophy that Max (Played by Sigourney Weaver) lives her life by.  This is also the premise behind much of the action in the movie Heartbreakers.  

After getting knocked up at a young age and being forced to raise the child on her own, man-hater Max’s mission in life is to keep her daughter Page (Played by Jennifer Love Hewitt) sheltered from the trauma of a relationship gone awry, and to screw over every “member” of society who happens to possess phallic shaped genitalia.  

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Former Husker Brion Carnes Signs With Omaha Beef

Former Husker Brion Carnes Signs With Omaha Beef
Brion Carnes inks his Beef deal under the ogling eyes of head coach Cory Ross.

The Omaha Beef will give former Husker quarterback Brion Carnes something Bo Pelini never did – the chance to be the starting quarterback.

Friday night at Ralston Arena, the former four-star recruit from the same Bradenton, FL high school (Manatee) that produced Husker legend Tommie Frazier, will get his first start in the CIF league at the helm of the Omaha Beef offense.

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Beef QB Chuck Wright Named Offensive Player Of The Week

A week after losing his starting job, Beef quarterback Chuck Wright has been named the Champion Indoor Football league’s Week 7 Offensive Player of the Week.

In a 43-41 victory over the Sioux City Bandits, Wright finished 17-of-27 for 169 yards, five touchdowns and one interception. His performance culminated with a four-yard touchdown pass to wide receiver Brandon Kinnie on the game’s final play to secure the Beef’s first victory of the season. 

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Beef Beat Bandits On Final Play Of Game

A week after quarterback Tyrell Houghton accounted for 5 touchdowns, Chuck Wright started versus the Bandits and threw for 5 touchdowns – along with 169 passing yards – and stepped up when the Beef needed him most. Wright found wide receiver Brandon Kinnie for a four-yard touchdown with no time remaining to give the Beef a 43-41 victory.

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Revamped Beef Play Tough In Loss To Force

Tyrell Houghton directed the Beef offense to its most productive game of the season, while the Beef defense played its most complete game to date.  But the Wichita Force offense scored when it had to, led by running back Tywon Hubbard, and pulled away in the fourth quarter to win, 59-42.

After a 49-7 pasting a week ago, Omaha turned in a resilient performance, fighting back from deficits of 7-0, 14-7, 21-14, 27-21, 34-28 and holding a lead late into the third quarter, before running out of gas in the fourth.

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Beef Struggle In Loss To Bombers

Bombers’ quarterback Chris Coffin started out hot and never cooled, leading his team to a 49-7 victory over the Beef at Bicentennial Arena in Salina, Kansas.

The early season MVP favorite and former Beef quarterback remained hot against Omaha, after garnering CIF Player of the Week honors for his performance at The Slaughterhouse two weeks ago.

What Coffin started, the Bombers defense finished. After giving up 33 points in their first meeting, the Bombers adjusted their defensive strategy. They shutdown the Beef running game early, forced the offensive into predicable passing situations, and blitzed unceasingly for the rest of the game.

Coffin completed 15 of 29 passes for 252 yards for five touchdowns and rushed for another as the Bombers took command of the game immediately.

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