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UFC 118: Edgar vs. Penn II Predictions

The UFC hits Dana White's hometown for the first time Saturday night, boasting a stacked card featuring a poor man's version of Inoki vs. Ali as an aging boxer steps into the cage to meet an aging cagefighter. The boxing vs. MMA heat on this one (before, during and after) will be unbearable, but don't get caught up in hyperbole - no fight between two 40-year-old men will have that great an impact on the future of the sport. 

If you're looking for the future, then tune in for the pair of elite lightweight division fights featuring the four best 155ers the UFC has to offer. 

Bruce holds a one-fight lead on me through predicting three events (UFC 116, UFC 117 and Strikeforce: Houston), but who's counting? I AM COUNTING, DAMMIT.

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Posted in: Sports

Friday LinkFrogging - 8/27/10

Sometimes things are so obvious you just can't see them. 

I mean I do this week in and week out and I try to be topical and/or timely with my selections, but somehow, and believe me, I don't know how, I've overlooked Charlize Theron

The obvious time to use Ms. Theron was during the World Cup.  It was, after all, held in her home country, South Africa.  Didn't even cross my mind.  I made what I thought was a good choice, and I still stand by it, but in retrospect, this was a no brainer. 

Do you remember the first time you saw this week's cheesecake? 

I do. 

Opening night of 2 Days in the Valley and she was getting freaky with James Spader and in a cat fight with the internet's (then) favorite pinup, Teri Hatcher.  In the post Pulp Fiction landscape, 2 Days wasn't Pulp Fiction, but it had a good cast and was well executed. 

Since then she's gone on to star with Ben Affleck in Reindeer Games, a giant gorilla in Mighty Joe Young and cement her geek cred with a starring role in Aeon Flux.  Oh yeah, she also won an Oscar for uglying up and playing a serial killer in Monster

According to Huffington Post, she's single and ready to mingle. 

You are on notice. 

On to the links.

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Posted in: Gonzo

The Dell Saga Part 2 - More of the Same

A while back, I wrote a long venomous post about my horrific experiences with Dell customer service over the course of the first six months of 2010.

To my great surprise, Lorna from the "Dell Cares" department responded to the post.

What follows is the email exchange I had with Lorna regarding the situation.

I'd like to say we were able to resolve the problems, but I can't.

Enjoy.

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Posted in: Lifestyle

Strikeforce Houston - Live Blog

Gonzogeek is in the Toyota Center and ready to begin tonights coverage. Stay tuned kids.

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Posted in: Sports

Friday LinkFrogging - 8/20/10

Some things in life are just inevitable.   

Death.   

Taxes.   

Kids returning to school.   

Partisan politics.   

Child stars turning into adult train wrecks.   

And bad Michael Bay movies.   

Why the laundry list?  Good question.   

The answer is simple.   

This week's cheesecake selection was one of those foregone inevitablilities.    

Say hello to Jennifer Aniston.   

Yeah, I know.   

I've had the picture in the file since The Bounty Hunter died stillborn in the theaters.  Nobody makes a middling romantic comedyquite like Ms. Aniston these days.  She's clinging to the fraying ends of her Rachel persona for all she's worth.  She still wants to be there with you.  She is willing to be there in a partial naked, but never really showing anything kind of way.  She wants to be there for you the way Meg Ryan was before she had plastic surgery at the hands of the Joker.  

That's what makes today's release of The Switch so interesting.  Its not necessarily a romantic comedy.  Its kind of dark, like The Good Girl.  Her co-star is Jason Bateman, a long time friend who she hasn't been romantically linked with (at least not as of this writing).  In the grand scheme of things, The Switch is what passes for a daring choice by Ms. Aniston.  The big question is whether or not audiences will buy it.   

I think not.   

Still, its release gave me a chance to post the picture and get that monkey off our backs.   

On to the links.

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Posted in: Gonzo

Strikeforce: Houston Predictions

Two months after their last major card saw The Fall of Fedor and five weeks after middleweight champion Jake Shields vacated the belt to sign with the UFC, Strikeforce heads to Texas with the hopes of making some new stars to anchor the promotion.  A core of young talent is what kept the company moving as higher-profile outfits like Affliction and EliteXC fell by the wayside.  Now that the spotlight is on Strikeforce as America's top UFC alternative, they'll need new stars to keep that mantle.

Strikeforce: Houston offers a few candidates for the next big thing: a cocky former Olympian, an active Army Ranger and a former professional wrestler trying to go legit.  On a card where only one man, former lightweight champion KJ Noons, can boast a previous record of success within the company, this show is all about making a name for yourself - and hopefully making a name for Strikeforce in the process.

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Posted in: Sports

Strikeforce Comes to Houston

We love us some MMA here at GonzoGeek. That's why we're extremely excited about covering this weekend's Strikeforce Houston show live from theToyota Center on Saturday night. I will be in attendance and blogging live from the show. Matt and I will have our predictions for the fights up shortly.  I'm also trying to squeeze in a peek at the upcoming EA Sports MMA video game tomorrow. Just last night, KJ Noons, local guy and MMA fighter, threw out the fi...

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Posted in: Sports

We're Looking Forward To...MONSTERS

Six years ago NASA discovered the possibility of alien life within our solar system. A probe was launched to collect samples, but crashed upon re-entry over Central America. Soon after, new life forms began to appear and grow. In an effort to stem the destruction that resulted, half of Mexico was quarantined as an INFECTED ZONE. Today, the American and Mexican military still struggle to contain the massive creatures... Our story begins when a jaded US journalist (McNairy) begrudgingly agrees to find his boss’ daughter, a shaken American tourist (Able) and escort her through the infected zone to the safety of the US border.

Immigration subtext anyone?

Boy, this sounds right up our alley doesn't it?

There's no mention of luchadores, but they could be in the movie...right?

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Posted in: Movies

Friday LinkFrogging - 8/13/10

Fools' gold out of their mines
The girls are soaking wet
No tounge's drier than mine
I'll come when I get back

“Yah mule, yah!” – Yosemite Sam

Carrot? Stick? CHEESCAKE! It makes every day feel like Friday.

When Bruce first re-handed me the reigns of this august institution, Blake Lively was gonna be our girl. She had ‘geek cred, given her‘Green Lantern’ casting, and had recently caught the full attention of yours truly while sitting on the Comic-Con panel for same. A quick internet search and….nothin’.  Well, not nothin’, but nothing that looked better than the Comic-Con pics themselves.

But then the wonders of the interwebz reminded me that the live-action movie adaptation of Bryan Lee O’Malley’s ‘Scott Pilgrim vs. the World’ graphic novels opens this week, and who did my roving eye espy?: Ms. Mary Elizabeth Winstead.

MEW plays Ramona Flowers, the potential siren to Michael Cera’s good-guy-trapped-in-a-world-he-only-partially-made title character. But it’s hardly her first turn through GG-friendly territory. Since graduating from Disney’s ‘Sky High,’ she has appeared in Quentin Tarantino’s ‘Death Proof’ and as Bruce Willis’ daughter in ‘Live Free or Die Hard.’ Like your films more dramatic? Try her turns in ‘Factory Girl’ and Robert Kennedy pic ‘Bobby’ on for size.

And lest the casual geek decide that this whole 'Scott Pilgrim....' thing is just a bunch of greasy kid stuff, it should be pointed out that director/co-writer Edgar Wright's previous credits include 'Shaun Of The Dead' and 'Hot Fuzz.'

And now, if our new hostess will please pull the curtain…

On to the Links. Walk this way.

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Posted in: Gonzo

The Thunders Conundrum…

Perhaps it’s one of music’s ultimate “you had to be there” situations. How else to explain not just the gap between image and reality regarding the man himself, but the paucity of evidence of post-New York Dolls musical direction, vision…hell, even quality. I’ve been listening and looking for a while now and I have yet to find the single performance that makes me go “wow!” the way you’d hope something from the great Johnny Thunders might. Sometimes he could play and the band was awful, sometimes the other way around. Often the material or its overall performance just sounded tired.

And yet almost everyone whose music I love name-checks him somehow or another. So who am I to doubt? Many of them were there. I wasn’t.

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Posted in: Music
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