– Last night’s fight between Ali Funeka and Joan Guzman was fantastic…until the decision was announced. While Guzman boxed excellently for two and a half rounds, Funeka pretty much dominated the rest of the fight. Inexplicably, two of the judges scored the fight a draw. This was the worst decision I’ve seen in 2009, by far. It’s sad that Funeka traveled all the way from South Africa to America to get jobbed. Whether the judges were inept or corrupt, bad decisions are way too common in boxing and one of the big reasons the sport is no longer as popular as it was.
– I picked up the two Sinestro Corps War trade paperbacks for my first September Tokyo trip. They totally got me back into Green Lantern. While they weren’t quite as good as the Sinestro Corps Wars, I enjoyed Rage of the Red Lanterns and Agent Orange too. My expectations were low for Sins of the Star Sapphire, but I picked it up anyway so that I could get all the info leading up to Blackest Night. I was shocked (in a good way) by how graphic it was. There’s some really messed up sh*t in there! [Spoilers ahead!]
Five Sinestro Corps members went around the universe, murdering the families of Green Lantern Corps members. They collected all the victims’ eyeballs and rained them down on the Green Lanterns. Another Sinestro Corps baddie kidnapped several children of the Green Lanterns. In addition to putting some Greens in anguish, the villain was essentially torturing babies. This was absolutely not what I was expecting from Sins of the Star Sapphire. I was genuinely shocked as I flipped the pages.
– New candidates for the Major League Baseball Hall of Fame include Kevin Appier, Ellis Burks, Andres Galarraga, Pat Hentgen, Mike Jackson, Eric Karros, Ray Lankford, Shane Reynolds, David Segui, Robin Ventura and Todd Zeile. Really?!? I could see Galarraga getting in since he was popular with reporters, but that list is pretty weak. The good news is that the voters tend not to waste votes and will not pick a guy just for the sake of picking someone.
– Anyone catch SmackDown on Friday? Jericho and ‘Taker put on a great match. Kane tried to carry that lame-ass Batista, but couldn’t. My favorite part was the return of Festus, who is now known as Luke Gallows. It looks like he’s going to be CM Punk’s enforcer for a bit. The storyline is that Punk “saved” Festus from substance abuse by putting him on the straight edge path. I like how silly the storyline is, but I love that Festus is back. He’s an underrated big man. I could see him being used similarly to how Kane has been used for the last five years — not a main eventer, but a big man that can put on a strong match.