Author Archives: The GM

The Dark Knight Rises Teaser

<iframe src=”http://player.vimeo.com/video/26389975?title=0&amp;byline=0&amp;portrait=0&#8243; width=”400″ height=”220″ frameborder=”0″></iframe><p><a href=”http://vimeo.com/26389975″>The Dark Knight Rises Teaser Trailer</a> from <a href=”http://vimeo.com/user7768693″>Caner Gelibolu</a> on <a href=”http://vimeo.com”>Vimeo</a&gt;.</p>

Here’s the first teaser trailer (that I’ve seen) for next Summer’s Batman: The Dark Knight Rises.  Summer 2012 can’t get here soon enough, this one is looking to be just as epic as the last.

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Netflix Changes

This morning while checking my Facebook feed I saw that my older brother was very unhappy with Netflix. I figured it would be one of two things… Either “Justin Bieber: Never Say Never” still wasn’t available for rental or his subscription fee increased. Turns out it was the latter of the two.

Like many other people my brother has the unlimited DVD rental-unlimited streaming combo subscription. A plan which had an incredibly attractive price of just $9.99. That price is now gone, and a new pricing scheme has been released from the company.

The cheapest plan available was and still is $4.99 per month. That subscription allows two DVD rentals monthly. Unlimited DVDs is now an option (one at a time) for $7.99 which is the same price as unlimited streaming. So, add those two together and you get $15.98 for the unlimited plan. See why big brother is so angry? That’s a 37.5% increase for nothing being added to his plan.

Will this change hurt Netflix? Probably not… The stock is up today, they still have the best selection of available DVD rentals, and the new price isn’t absurdly high. Streaming all those movies to their millions of subscribers is quite the cost and licensing fees increase as more and more people join their service. It was only a matter of time before such a change occurred.

Hopefully my brother doesn’t cancel his plan… I’ve been mooching off that for over a year now and the streaming service is clutch for my lazy Sunday’s.

Fan Who Caught Jeter’s 3,000th Hit Will Meet the Tax Man

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Christian Lopez, a New York native and die hard Yankees fan has been on top of the world since Saturday. The 23 year old was lucky enough to catch Derek Jeter’s 3,000 career hit as it sailed over the left field fence into the bleachers. Many people would have held the ball for ransom or attempted to auction it off to the hightest bidder. Not Lopez, who unselfishly gave the ball back to Jeter without the expectation of receiving anything in return.

The Yankees however, would not let such a gesture go unrewarded. Lopez was given luxury suite tickets for the remainder of the regular and post season, as well as several pieces of autographed memorabilia.

Like anyone riding high after winning it big on “The Price is Right,” Lopez will have to pay taxes on gifts totaling around $32,000. He will now have an additional $5,000-$13,000 income tax to pay on top of his $100,000 student loan debt.

I like to think of the IRS as Paulie from one of my favorite movies, “Goodfellas”. Now that Lopez received all these expensive gifts he’s gotta come up with the IRS’s money… Business bad? @$&! you pay me. Oh you had a fire? @$&! you pay me. Place got hit by lightning? @$&! you pay me. Only difference for Lopez is he can’t light a match to burn down his debt problems.

Given the fact that $5,000-$13,000 is pennies to the Yankees or Jeter I expect them to help pay the tax, but only time will tell.

Even Babies are Bigger in Texas

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If I was a college football recruiter I would mark 18 years from now in my calendar. Why? Janet Johnson’s newborn baby boy, Jamichael Brown, was two feet long and SIXTEEN pounds when he was born.

That poor mother… Insert your own witty/funny/disgusting comment here because I’m speechless right now.

The Black on Black Beast

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One word comes to mind when I look at the Brabus Mercedes 800E… BEAST. Given the fact that Brabus specializes in making ridiculously powerful cars, it should come as no surprise that it recently added the world’s fastest cabriolet to its other records of world’s fastest production sedan and world’s fastest production coupe.

The Brabus 800E V12 starts off as your friendly neighborhood Mercedes E-Class Cabriolet. Then it gets injected with more steroids than the MLB during the 1990s.

Under the hood you’ll find a three-valve Mercedes S600 V12, and it doesn’t stop there. The final product of the engine features a 6.3 liter Biturbo V12 that pushes 788 bhp and 1,047 lb-ft torque at 5,500 rpm.

What does all that mean? 0-62 mph in 3.7 seconds, 124 mph in 9.9 seconds, and 186 mph in 23.9 seconds. Top speed? Only 231 mph… We’re talkin’ Formula 1 fast.

All that power would be enough to make even Ricky Bobby soil his drawers. It can all be yours for just $682,000.

Friday Night Pregame 7/8/2011

Shawn Chrystohper- The Hangover

I bet this will be the soundtrack to some your lives tomorrow morning/afternoon, but I’m sure it’ll all be well worth it. Lots to look forward to next week since yours truly will be making some changes to the site over weekend. See you all Monday.

Toll Dodger Gets Slapped with Hefty Fine

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Alfred Buono of Staten Island, NY didn’t like paying his tolls. Why? Maybe he couldn’t afford it, or maybe the man is just a rebel without a cause. In any case he stopped paying for them in March of 2003, and cruised through the EZ Pass lane without having an EZ Pass.

Normally when that happens, a notice is sent out asking for the missed payment along with a $25 fee for repeat offenders. Buono’s case is a little more excessive than that. The man has been dodging tolls for over eight years. Now, the authority managing the bridges/tunnels that connect New York and New Jersey want payment for 998 trips over Port Authority crossings.

Let’s see here 998 trips at $8 on peak, $6 off peak … Alfred owes $30,204.

There are several things that surprise me; first is that Buono has been getting away with this for over eight years. Second, it costs someone living in Staten Island nearly $4,000 per year to regularly visit New Jersey, and that someone actually wants to visit the greasiest state in the country an average 125 times every 12 months.

Several attempts have been made to get Buono to pay up, but his last address of record has someone else living in it. Fight the man Alfred!