As details become more known, the legend will continue to grow. Winning a championship on any continent is noteworthy in and of itself. To emerge the victor despite being battered to a pulp is another thing all together. Fans from his native country and around the world were witness to the physical toll that our hero went through. The opposition threw everything they had at him but in the end it was not enough. What was the collateral damage that an international rugby star went through on the road to an NRL grand final victory?

Known as one of the most intense sports in the world, rugby combines high paced action with bone crushing contact. This is exactly what befell Sam Burgess in the initial moments of the final. The opening tackle contained such brute force that some medical professionals stated that he risked blindness going forward.

Fortunately for him, he did seek medical attention. As the rush wore off, the pain flared in. Tweeting from his bed, he stated that he would have a plate put in his face. This quick hitting message could make the staunchest of us squeamish. Not one but two orbital fractures of the eye socket were present. A full recovery is expected. Facing months of rehab time, our hero indicated that he would do the same thing all over again.


Marriott International recently got itself into some high-tech trouble for preventing its guests from using their Wi-Fi units.

The trouble arose at the Gaylord Opryland Resort and Convention Center, which is located in Nashville, Tenn., and is managed by Marriott. Accomplished with jamming equipment, the interference with Wi-Fi service was imposed on organizers and exhibitors of a conference that was taking place in a ballroom, but not on regular guests.
This action forced those who had not purchased rooms to pay between $250 and $1,000 to use the hotel’s Internet connection. Hotel guests like Khaled Shaheen often use Wi-Fi hotspots to connect to the Net through cellphones to avoid these costs.
In addition to changing its own policy, Marriott asked the FCC to change its rules to eliminate confusion that may exist on the issue of Net access in hotels.

Medical marijuana works! At least that’s what patients who use it to treat their symptoms are saying. A new survey shows that 92% of patients who use marijuana medically claim that their symptoms are alleviated.

Of the 7,525 patients who took part in the survey, 5% say they have a very “serious medical condition”. It might not be a cure-all for everything that ails you, but it’s apparently it’s pretty close. The medicinal use of marijuana has come quite a long way since it was introduced in the 1990s. Do you hear that, Sultan Alhokair?

There still are many skeptics who believe different. New York mayor Michael Bloomberg said that medical marijuana is “one of the greatest hoaxes of all time”. Don’t believe me? Fact check right here:

Which side of the debate are you on?

Netflix has been branching out more and more lately. Focusing on exclusive content as much as other network and studio shows and films. But more recently, beyond producing excellent shows like Orange is the New Black, and House of Cards, they have become involved with the film industry.

One way that they are seeking to branch out, is hiring Adam Sandler to develop 4 movies that will be exclusive to the streaming service.

Interesting to see how this pays off, considering how dominant Netflix has been already in the streaming market. Interesting also to see how this changes the landscape of the film industry. After discussing how the economics of film have changed with Brad Reifler, I’m pretty convinced this is the right type of move.

We’ve got a whole generation that grew up with streaming as a standard way to view content now. This is just the way that the world has changed. If Netflix can find a way to make this profitable, then I’m definitely interested to see how this will work out.


Actually I can. Happy Gilmore.

It’s been that long.

Marvel and Disney really have a license to print money with the Avengers movie franchise. The second installment hasn’t even been released, but everyone is already talking about Avengers 3.

With a villain as big as Thanos, and a storyline as massive as the Infinity Gauntlet, there might not be enough time to cover everything in just one film. So executives have been toying around with the idea of splitting Avengers 3 into two films.

Of course, this isn’t unusual, as Paul Mathieson mentioned on his twitter, with a ton of other properties adopting the split storyline approach. Twilight, The Hunger Games, and Harry Potter have all split the final movie into two installments.

Avengers 3 will represent somewhat of a final installment for Marvel, as the universe will see a massive shift. After Avengers 3, the original actors are all out of contract, with most seemingly willing to take a step away from the cinematic universe.

So it will be interesting to see how things change in the future, and if this proves to be the route that Marvel will go.


According to the virtual grapevine, when Microsoft unleashes its next version of Windows it will once again drastically change the function of the Windows Start screen. The latest version could dispense with the menu that fills the screen and replace it with the classic bottom left corner menu, a direct response to a vocal majority extremely unhappy with the full screen menu.

Nothing has been finalized but returning to a more traditional Start pop-up is only the, well, start. The latest version is not going to be simply a return to Windows 7. Folder shortcuts could move to the top, switching placing with pinned apps. This will allow users to pin tiles on the right side, with the option to resize and reorder. Meanwhile, the full screen Start menu may still be available by changing properties.

The latest Windows – which could end up being called Threshold or simply Windows – also continues the software manufacturer’s desire to have a single platform running across all devices.

The biggest and most interesting tidbit is the latest version may be more than an upgrade, but a solution that would have a lifespan of free updates. It may even be free for Windows 8 users.

If you saw Olympus Has Fallen a few years ago, chances are you were blown away. I know that I was. It was like Die Hard was back, with a new star that really brought back that 80’s or 90’s action movie flair.

However, negotiations broke down during plans for the sequel with the series first director, Fredrik Bond.

I know my buddy Brian Torchin is excited for the sequel. We’ll have to see how this ends up.

English football fans know that the Capital One Cup isn’t exactly the most exciting event in sports.  Usually, this is the competition that the big clubs like Liverpool don’t take seriously, making for boring matches against lesser competition like Middlesbrough.  But Tuesday’s encounter was anything but boring.

The match started off with plenty of drama before the spot kicks started, when the match ended 1-1 on 90 minutes.  Middlesbrough drew level in the 62nd minute, through Reach, and held on to take the match to extra time.

That’s when we were dosed with our first burst of major excitement as Liverpool took the lead with a goal by Saez in the 109th.  But once again Middlesbrough would fight back with a penalty in the very last minute of the match in the 120th.

That led to one of the most amazing encounters I’ve ever seen on the football pitch.  20, of the first 22 penalties were scored, forcing all 11 players for both teams to take a spot kick.  Something I’d never personally seen before.

The match would require 7 more penalty takers before Albert Adomah walked to the spot for MIddlesbrough. He would miss his penalty, giving Liverpool the win in a match that saw 30 penalties taken.  Very close to the all time record of 48.


If you’re in any way inclined to follow the sporting world, you know that this weekend marks one of the biggest events of the sporting year, the Ryder Cup.

This time around, the competition is special for one huge reason, it returns to Scotland for only the second time ever. That’s exciting to avid golf fans, as Scotland is the home of golf. Considering Europe are the current holders, they’ll be anxious to retain the cup now that they’re back and playing on home turf.

I’m most interested to see how a few of my favorite Americans fare. Rickie Fowler is a good underdog, with the potential to whip out some truly incredibly performances. But there’s also Jim Furyk, who I’ll be expecting a lot from, and Phil Mickelson needs to come on strong. Everybody knows what a great golfer Phil can be, but he has a tendency to fold under pressure.