Miguel’s Friday Thoughts

Indianapolis Colts outlasted the Denver Broncos on Thursday night with a 12-9 victory in overtime. Russell Wilson and the Broncos missed a significant opportunity to score a touchdown with 2 minutes left in the 4th quarter. Broncos had a 9-6 lead, and momentum shifted when Wilson threw an interception at the end zone. Colts and Broncos didn’t score a touchdown. It mainly was field goals. The game was ugly and not exciting. But in the end, Colts’ defense stepped up and did not allow Wilson to come away with the victory. The Colts improve to 2-2, and the Broncos drop to 2-3. 

Shane McClanahan will take on Shane Bieber in Game 1 of the wild card series. Both pitchers are terrific. The Rays have a better rotation than the Guardians, but the Guardians have a better lineup and know how to put the ball in play and get on base better than the Rays. Progressive Field is going to be rocking this weekend. There are going to be sold-out seats. Cleveland fans are one of the most dedicated and cheerful fans when it comes to postseason play. Guardians will feed off the crowd and will play their absolute best baseball. 

The musical “1776” won Best Musical in 1969. I’m somewhat late to the party, but I recently discovered the new revival play, which premiered on September 16th at the American Airlines Theatre. Many critics have not been impressed with the new “1776” play and believe that the revival play failed to convey or portray the history of 1776 correctly. The musical is two hours and forty-five minutes, including one fifteen-minute intermission. I’m not sure if I’m ever going to see this play. I haven’t seen a Broadway show since October 2019, when I saw Beetlejuice. 1776 will show for the final time on January 8, 2023. 

The trailer for the new “Super Mario Bros” animated film has been released all over the place. I’m excited about this because I grew up playing Mario games on systems such as Super Nintendo and Nintendo 64. It’s a big part of my childhood. My only concern is that I hope Hollywood doesn’t make this into a “Woke, Political Correct” caliber film. It wouldn’t be shocking because we are seeing this in so many movies already, but please keep it away from Super Mario Bros. The film will arrive in theaters on April 7, 2023, starring Chris Pratt, Charlie Day, Seth Rogen, and many more. 

Zach Wilson’s 4th Quarter Rally

New York Jets second-year quarterback Zach Wilson grew up on Sunday against the Pittsburgh Steelers. Wilson went 10 of 12 completions for 128 yards and a touchdown in the fourth quarterback. The young man has come back from injuries and for him to rally this team to victory sets the tone very high. 

The jets picked up their second win of the season. Both wins came on the road in a comeback fashion against two AFC North teams (Browns and Steelers). Jets trailed 20-10, finishing the game with 14 unanswered points. 

There’s no doubt that Wilson is the future quarterback for the Jets. He needs to continue to work on his game and stay healthy. This is a feel-good victory for the Jets; more impressive than the Browns game. 

Wilson finished the game completing 18 of his 36 passes, threw for 252 yards, one touchdown, and one interception. The Jets will go home to take on the Miami Dolphins next Sunday at 1 pm. 

Sunday Sports Shorts

Purdue stuns Minnesota by winning 20-10. The Boilermakers held the Gophers to just 47 rushing yards. Minnesota suffered their first loss of the season. Purdue is no stranger to upsets. They beat No. 2 Iowa and No. 3 Michigan State last season. 

Braves for the best out of Max Scherzer on Saturday night. Matt Olsen took him deep and went 2-for-4 at the plate. The Braves won 4-2 and now have a one-game lead over the Mets for the NL East division. 

New Orleans Pelicans and forward Larry Nance Jr. signed to a two-year, $21.6 million extension. Nance Jr averaged 7.3 points and 4.3 rebounds per game for the Pelicans this past season. 

Edmonton Oilers outlasted Winnipeg Jets in a shoutout on Saturday night. Oilers won 3-2. Cole Perfetti finished with two goals. Goaltender Stuart Skinner made 33 saves. The Oilers blocked 15 of the Jets’ shots. 

Saturday Morning Sports with Miguel

The Seattle Mariners have done it. The drought is over!!! Mariners have clinched a playoff spot for the first since 2001. Fans are excited. The franchise is ecstatic. Mariners clinched after picking up a 2-1 victory over the Oakland Athletics on Friday. The Mariners have been one of the hottest teams in the second half of the season. 

Damian Lillard is 531 points shy of breaking Clyde Drexler’s all-time franchise scoring mark. Drexler is a Hall of Famer and is the Trail Blazers’ all-time scoring leader with 18,040 points. Lillard is also a future hall of Famer and soon will be the king of the new record. 

After trailing 14-0 to New Mexico State, UNLV Rebels rallied to win the contest, 31-20. Rebels quarterback Doug Brumfield completed 24 of his 33 passes and threw for 233 yards. Special teams did their thing. Kicker Daniel Gutierrez went 3 for 3 in field goals. The longest field goal went for 50 yards. 

Miguel’s Friday Thoughts

After seven years, Trevor Noah is leaving ‘The Daily Show.’ When he took over for Jon Stewart, many wondered if this would work with Trevor Noah. Stewart is a tough act to follow. Therefore, high expectations needed to be met by Noah, and he certainly lived them up. The South African stand-up comedian loves to do stand-up, which became a driving force in his decision to leave the show. We still don’t know when his final episode will air on Comedy Central. 

Rapper DaBaby is making some headlines because he dropped his new album, Baby on Baby 2. He had made a diss record toward Megan Thee Stallion. In addition, he only sold 16,000 in the first week and debuted outside the Top 20. Now, we don’t know if his dissing Megan Thee Stallion caused his sales to drop or if there was another personal reason why people are tuning him out. I don’t want to assume anything until more reports and news come out. In the meantime, I have to listen to the album more than once to see for myself. DaBaby is considered one of the best rappers in the game. So the news is surprising to me. 

Utah State took on BYU on Thursday night. BYU was up 24-17 in the third quarter; I didn’t understand why they kicked an onside kick, it was a horrible decision, and Utah State was able to recover it. Fortunately, BYU’s defense came out to play in the second half. Utah State settled for a field goal to make it 24-20, but BYU ran away by scoring two touchdowns and an interception. BYU wins 38-26. Quarterback Jaren Hall threw for 273 yards and three touchdowns. 

Shanghai Noon (2000) – Movie Review

‘Shanghai Noon’ is a Comedy/Western film that came out back in 2000. The funny thing about it is that last night it was the first time I saw the movie. I was aware of this movie years ago and always saw it on a recommendation list on streaming services, but I never paid attention to it until last night when I decided to take a chance on it. I’m glad I did. 

The film stars Jackie Chan, Owen Wilson, and Lucy Liu. ‘Shanghai Noon’ didn’t do wrong at the box office. The film drew 99.3 million at the box office on a $55 million budget. Shanghai Noon is an accomplished follow-up to Jackie Chan’s first big-budget US film Rush Hour, which came out in 1998. Chan had a great run from the mid-90s through the mid-2000s in terms of constantly working and having success in the US. 

‘Shanghai Noon’ is one of those movies where you enjoy watching it and not take it too seriously. The movie is a blend of a “buddy-cop” caliber film with old school Western setting. The setting took place in Nevada in the 19th century. 

Chan and Wilson formed an unlikely partnership and developed good on-screen chemistry. I love seeing Jackie Chan using his impeccable martial arts skills. Chan is known for creating his stunts. He’s also very good with his comic chops. In the first half of the movie, Chan was outstanding in terms of comic timing compared to the second half of the film. As for Owen Wilson, I’m not the biggest fan of his acting ability, but he held his own in this movie, and the character of being a laid-back, California guy fits him. Director Tom Dey made the proper adjustments and choices to pair both actors together for this movie. 

It’s one of Jackie Chan’s best acting movies because his stunts were flawless, and the countermoves were outstanding.

What throws me off about the movie, but it’s not a very big deal, are the subtitles. The subtitles could’ve been well organized and structured. If you are using English subtitles, there are lines of dialogue spoken in Mandarin and Sioux that will not be translated into English. I noticed this last night, but I kept rolling with the punches and focused more on the visuals and performance than the subtitles. 

It’s time to give a grade for the film. ‘Shanghai Noon’ is a B-caliber movie. From 1 through 5 stars, I would go with 4.1 out of 5 stars. 

Due to the success of the film, the sequel ‘Shanghai Knights’ got made and released in 2003. I haven’t seen the sequel, but I highly doubt it’s better than the first one; they did well at the box office. 

Rihanna Will Headline Super Bowl in 2023

Pop star and business mogul Rihanna will officially headline the Super Bowl halftime show in 2023. It’s an early announcement to be making for the Super Bowl, but reality has come true. 

Rihanna went on hiatus for a few years to focus on her business and her family. Rihanna is a mother, and she had a baby with rapper ASAP Rocky. She posted a picture on Instagram holding a football in her hand. 

It’s been six years since she last put out music. Also, it’s been four years since her last performance at the Grammy Awards. 

Rihanna will perform at State Farm Stadium in Glendale, Ariz., on Feb. 12, 2023. Rihanna performing at the Super Bowl alone will be enough. She doesn’t need anyone else to share the stage with her. A perfect example is when Jennifer Lopez and Shakira performed together. Their Super Bowl performance was excellent, but J. Lo wanted to act alone. 

Rihanna is going to set the roof on fire when Super Bowl comes in February. 

Kansas State Stuns Oklahoma – Week 4 Analysis

Kansas State traveled to Oklahoma for what turned out to be a unique and unexpected night for everyone who hit the field. Why do I say that? Because of two words, Adrian Martinez. 

Kansas State quarterback Adrian Martinez ran for 148 yards and four touchdowns; Martinez also passed for 234 yards. The Wildcats stunned No. 6 Oklahoma 41-34 on Saturday night. Martinez was poised, focused, and made the right plays, especially in the second half. Sooners’ defense had no answer for him. 

Martinez played for four seasons with Nebraska before coming to Kansas State. The Senior played the game of his life, and I’m sure his family and friends were very proud of him. He deserved to be in the headlines. It will be tough for Martinez to top this one because it was a fantastic performance. He was undoubtedly the star of the game. The game ball belongs to him. 

As for the Sooners, penalties were one of their most giant Achilles heels in this game. The Sooners committed 11 penalties for 87 yards, including five false starts. The Sooners’ defense played great in the first three games by allowing just 30 points. However, Kansas State had other thoughts and pounded their defense by putting up 41 points and killing them with the running game. 

Kansas State beat Oklahoma in 2012, 2014, 2019, and 2020. 

Kansas State will face off against Texas Tech Next Saturday. Oklahoma will visit TCU. The Wildcats improve to 3-1. 

Saturday Morning Sports with Miguel

Albert Pujols has done it! He hit his 700 career home run on Friday night against the Los Angeles Dodgers. He’s the fourth player in MLB history to hit over 20 home runs at 42 and older. 

Cleveland Guardians’ magic number to clinch the AL Central is 3. Guardians did a terrific job of putting the ball in play in their 6-3 victory over the Texas Rangers. 

UTEP upset Boise State with a final score of 27-10. UTEP had a tremendous second-half performance, especially on defense. It’s their first win against Boise State. 

Syracuse’s defense and special teams highlighted their victory over Virginia on Friday Night. Kicker Andre Szmyt kicked five field goals, including the 31-yard field, to give Syracuse a 22-20 lead late in the 4th quarter. They improve to 4-0, their first 4-0 start since 2018. 

Boston Celtics suspended head coach Ime Udoka for the remainder of the 2022-23 NBA season for his role in an intimate relationship with a female member of the franchise’s staff. Assistant coach Joe Mazzulla will likely become Boston’s interim coach for the season. Mazzulla played for West Virginia from 2006 to 2011. He began his coaching career with Glenville State as an assistant coach. 

My Darling Clementine (1946) – Movie Review 

My Darling Clementine is one of the greatest western movies of all time by director John Ford. It’s undoubtedly one of the best John Ford films. Ford had the talent and vision to bring these stories to life through the screen. He knows where to put the camera for every scene he films. 

The movie stars Henry Fonda, Victor Mature, Linda Darnell, and many more. 

I love that this is one of those Western movies that’s comical. There were several funny scenes, especially during Act 1 at the barbershop. In this movie, there were a couple of singing scenes, and then you had one of the characters saying that “you can’t sing, but maybe you can dance.” 

The gunfight scene was well directed and executed. When you watch this movie, you have to play with the volume because the sound of the gun firing is quite loud. The score is terrific for this picture. 

Although the cinematography is phenomenal in this film, I loved it even more during the movie’s final scene. The visuals and framing are outstanding—brilliant acting by Fonda and a touching final stage of the film. 

Overall, I give this classic Western a 4.7 out of 5 stars.