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  • The 20th season of 'Dancing With the Stars' cast and matchups have been revealed. No doubt this year has one of the best cast's I've seen to date. Including NFL player Michael Sam. Which I am very excited to see. It's always interesting to see an athlete change from his rugged shell, to an eloquent, twirling, dressed up performer.
  • After a hard fought season, Alfonso Ribeiro and Whitney Carson win the Mirror Ball trophy. Coming into the competition we knew, "Carlton" had some moves (and yes, we got to see the iconic dance) but who knew he would take the whole cake. After a few episodes it became clear this team was favorite among the viewers and it ended up paying off.
  • Since her first running against Republican state Sen. John Blust in Greensboro 1998, Kay Hagan has been a tough competitor for the Democratic party. Will this be the year she is unseated? There are nine polls that show it's a very close race at the moment. Six of the polls show Hagan ahead marginally by 4-5 points, and one shows Tillis ahead with a five point lead.
  • For years the format for Major League Baseball has been a frustrating thing to take in. There are a number of problems with it that seem way to easy to fix, but are being ignored by those who can. In 2012 the one-game wildcard was introduced to and add more teams, therefore add more excitement but ended up (in my opinion) a mistake.
  • The last time Mayweather and Maidana were in the ring together, there was a controversial ending in favor of Floyd. The bout lasted 12 rounds with impressive stamina from both of the fighters. This time I feel will be different. I know Mayweather is a great fighter, he has proven that more than enough times.
  • This will be ABC's 19th season for the ever so popular 'Dancing With the Stars'. Every year seems to top the last with over the top performances, new interesting contenders, and a more than healthy volume of watchers. Tom Bergeron and Erin Andrews announced the new cast live today on 'Good Morning America' in Times Square.
  • The MTV Video Music Awards has been gaining momentum and popularity ever since it began in 1984. Now fast forward all this time to today, and so much has changed in every way possible. And as history has proved, this year will surely top the last. The Award ceremony has caught plenty of criticism over the last few years, as to its lack of caring for the actual music.
  • The Home Run Derby is a competition in MLB (Major League Baseball) in which the objective is to hit the most home runs in one game. The competition has been an annual event since 1985 and has been catching the attention of baseball fans around the world ever since.
  • Folklore has said the moon cycles have a large role in humans and animals sleep methods and quality. With the next full moon approaching July 12th, I wonder how many people this will actually affect. There have been some very interesting studies done before, during, and just after full moon cycles that show this folklore to actually hold great weight.
  • The Tour De France is an multi-staged bicycle race that is primarily held in France. The race has been annual ever since the very first event in 1903. Each year since it began, it has grown in popularity and size. It seems as if people get intrigued when they find out exactly how difficult it is, and how athletic you must be to participate.
  • HBO has announced that it will take one last stroll on the Boardwalk of Atlantic City. The show has been a great success over the last few years, with four seasons already completed and aired. I recently finished the the fourth season and let me tell you, it's no joke. If you haven't seen the show, without giving anything away, you are in for a vicious treat.
  • FIFA this year is no doubt full of tough competition. In my opinion, the best combination of players period. There will be 64 World cup matches this year starting with Brazil vs. Croatia- 4 p.m at Arena Corinthians, Sao Paulo, airing on ESPN. Team USA has made it to the second round through a series of incredible and lucky games.
  • The seventh installment of 'Star Wars' has to be one of the most anticipated series release of all movie history. This story has an incredible group of devout followers that will not hesitate to wait in line for hours, sometimes days, and spend however much money it requires to see anything 'Star Wars' related.
  • It has been a long hard fought road this year for the Los Angeles Kings. With Winning three consecutive game sevens in a row to secure their well deserved spot in the Stanley Cup final this year. Their opponent? The New York Rangers. I have to say I thought this year would turn out alot different than it did.
  • There's a craze that has been about for several years now, although it has exploded in the past 12 months. I am referring to electronic cigarettes, aka "vaping". There are countless people switching from ole tar sticks to this (in my opinion and most others) much healthier form of smoking. If you ask me, it is one hundred percent undeniable the difference in health risks.
  • Finally after 10 weeks and countless amazing dance performances, the winner has been chosen. This season of 'Dancing With The Stars' has been nail biting for the viewers, and especially for the performers. The winner was announced after the remaining finalist preformed their last routines. And the winner is!...
  • Katy Perry recently performed her hit song 'Birthday', live at the 'Billboard Music Awards' on Sunday, May 18th. The show was a great success as expected. Perry is known for her over-the-top, magical, and fantastic shows. This performance included giant balloons, tons of confetti, costume changes, and of course Katy's signature, multi-colored hair.
  • Usually this amazing event is primarily focused on the race itself. Well, unfortunately this year something else has my attention. 'Westboro Baptist Church' has made it apparent that they will be protesting this years, "greatest spectacle in racing". The reason being is actor Jim Nabors will be in attendance performing the song, "Back Home Again in Indiana".
  • It's time yet again for the NFL Draft. The time that all young athletes have been anticipating, for what seems like forever to them. And just like always, there are more than enough star prospects this year. Of course, almost everyone has been talking about 'Texas A&M' quarterback 'Johnny Manziel'. Although he has allot of talk, that doesn't mean it's all good things.
  • Kate Upton has been envied by hundreds of thousands of women, and desired by almost every man on the planet ever since she made her first appearance on 'Youtube' doing the dance known as "The Dougie". Yes, after 9 million views, that was her big break. Since then she has been a runway model and spokes-woman for Victoria's Secret, Vogue, Maxim, and of course, Sports Illustrated.
  • It's that time of the year again, and I couldn't be more excited. There's something about a good hockey game that is more exciting than almost any other sport. Of course I have always been a fan of the best team there is, the 'Chicago Blackhawks'. There are many fans for this team that jumped on board right after they won as underdog against the 'Philadelphia Flyers' a few years back.
  • The long awaited, and highly anticipated season 4 of 'Game of Thrones' airs tonight at 9:00pm. There has been much debate over what will take place this season. With 'Daenerys Targaryan’s' dragons seemingly getting more and more out of control, some think they may end up turning on her in the end. Dragons bow down to no one.
  • 'Vice' is a HBO series that portrays a shocking look into highly controversial topics such as child suicide bombings, political assassinations, America's poorly distributed sources (money, vehicles, power plants, and other aid) to other countries, and demographic subjects.
  • The 29 year old actress Scarlett Johansson, is finally expecting her first child with her fiance Romain Dauriac. You may know her from some of her extraordinary roles in: 'The Avengers', 'Don Jon', 'Iron Man 2', and the list goes on, and on. Dauraic is a French journalist, and was the editor of French urban art magazine 'Clark' before becoming the manager of a creative agency.
  • Over the past few years there has been an obvious, yet steadily growing problem with the NBA. The game is getting more and more unrealistic. It seems the defensive end of the sport is gone, and has opened the door to outrageous scoring and expectations. Although the basics of the sport stay the same, it is unmistakable how repetitive the game has become. Offense get's the ball...
  • Christmas, the time of the year when little ones across the world are on their best behavior for the fluffy, white bearded, gift bearing, man in red, known as Santa Claus. He is considered to be the jolliest of jolly and as been known to compensate where due for good children. Of course this is where my thoughts land on the subject.
  • The 'Miami Heat' is a professional basketball team out of Miami FL, and in my opinion, the best team in the world. This team was born in 1988, as one of four new franchises. After winning two championships, the 'Heat' went on to win yet another in 2013.
  • 'The Walking Dead' has been thriving since almost day one of release, unlike many other AMC shows that seem to take at least three or four seasons to really start gaining momentum. With its amazing zombie costume work, what I think is a great store line, great acting, and brilliant timing to release a show of this sort, it has been an ongoing hit.
  • Shaun White Aka 'The Flying Tomato' This guy has been an icon of mine ever since I have been into any kind of outdoor activities. White has been a master at almost anything and everything he has ever tried.
  • If you were to ask the average Canadian what 'curling' was, they would more than likely give you a detailed explanation of the sport, including their optimism toward playing. Now.. if you were to ask the average American, they would either not have a clue, or laugh and simply say, 'That's not a sport!'.