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Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Yay or Nay? The Shockers, Stunners and Suckers of 2014 (Part 1)

12/30/2014 2:07:38 PM

Honestly speaking, I was in doubt for naming this post Shockers of 2014. I know: every year: news will always shock us, regardless if it runs on the same old shitty cycle or not.

But I beg to digress and I can’t help it. It’s like every year there will be happenings here in the metro, or somewhere in the country, or even around the globe that will wake our consciousness, regardless if it sounds stupid or legit; if it contains shallowness or well-excavated depth; or just because of a prominent name alone. Anyone who’s been scrutinizing all the current events and news should know there are key elements why such stories made it to the communication medium no matter how much we hate it or love it.

I tried recalling most (if not all) of the news that struck us in the year 2014 and gave my take on them as much as I can. If it differs on your point of view, then who cares anyway?

All stories enlisted on this article are arranged randomly.

Sudden Passing | 12/29/2014 8:26:21 AM

Nobody saw it coming. All people thought it was just a bus accident. Yes, JUST. Until his name became part of the story.

Photo credits: Rappler

Arvin Jimenez, the comedian popularly known as “Tado” was part of the casualties of that bus accident in Mountain Province.

I know: everyone’s in shock, including yours truly whose been a fan (and at the same time, his fellow constituent) of this guy. Who would’ve thought of a 39-year old host of that defunct-yet-epic radio program Brewrats-slash-activist-slash-businessman would die in such tragic manner? Gone too soon, indeed!

His death, along with other passengers, both prominent and ordinary, became a hotcake seller for one thing: reckless imprudence among bus operations. Actually, hearing such incidents was already part of our typical newscast considering near-half of their airtime were allotted for crime and accident beats.

What does it actually implicate on us? How barbaric some of our motorists to the extent that a zigzag road is considered, in their eyes, a challenge a la Need for Speed? Maybe.

Even his wife Liezl’s act of protest weren’t seemed enough to eradicate them all.

Brock Breaks the Streak | 12/29/2014 8:41:20 AM

If you’re a helluva wrestling fan, this is the top story of the year, aside from the real “passing” of the Ultimate Warrior (which also came unprecedented either).

Yes, that 286-pound monster did the unthinkable. I remember watching WrestleMania XXX live via the internet, and saw the final “1, 2, 3” count of their match.

After two decades of dominance on the WWE’s biggest show, it all came into a halt: Undertaker lost, Brock Lesnar wins, and it’s now 21-1.

The news may not made it to the mainstream outlets unlike Warrior’s untimely death, but certainly it brought most of the 75,167 attendants inside the Mercedes Benz Superdome and millions (“and millions,” as quoted by the Rock) of watchers around the globe in shock. “Is this for real?” Yes indeed, even if some of us berate “the sport is scripted.”

No wonder, on that kayfabe Slammy Awards, the result became the OMG shocker of the year. Paul Heyman must be very happy with that achievement considering he’s manning the Beast Incarnate; aside from the potential fact that he’s a hell-yeah great heel manager in the history of professional wrestling.

A Comic Icon’s Untimely Demise | 12/29/2014 8:58:30 AM

As they say, most comedians (by nature or by profession) are the saddest people on earth; and now wonder why veteran actor Robin Williams became a casualty of another pitfall I’d like to call “depression.”

Williams may be 65, alright, already a typical age for people to depart from earth whether by sickness or by aging. But nobody can deny this: he’s comical, right? How on earth did he suffered depression? Something that only entertainment-slash-paparazzi beats have the capability to comprehend on us.

Still, his death became a shocker, the same as what happened to Michael Jackson five years ago, and even Paul Walker, twelve months ago.

He’ll be forever remembered as the man who made us laugh through numerous movies over the course of his career. Rest in Peace.

Testimony a la MTV | 12/29/2014 9:22:01 AM

Has anyone seen it coming? That senator from Cavite pulled off something that’s untypical – and that is putting up a music video comprising his array of reactions in regards to his allegedly involvement in the pork barrel scam, a corruption-related issue which sent everyone on their consciousness since August 2013.

Wait, a music video? Sounds like a creative gimmick a la WWE entrance, huh? Not really. But, why on a music video? To make waves? For him to earn some few minutes of fame? Better watch this though.

That one may be a shocker, indeed. But heck, it doesn’t help resolving the issue; and thus, earned him a suspension and a detention cell at Camp Crame.

Bad finger | 12/29/2014 11:42:38 AM

screengrab from YouTube

We all know that Rain or Shine head coach Yeng Guiao was a very temperamental person on the court. He’s been part of the Commissioner’s meeting agenda most of the time regarding the fracas he committed. Technical fouls, ejections, even unbecoming acts you name them. Speaking of unbecoming…

How about the middle finger he raised on Arwind Santos during that playoff game? Hey, that earned him an automatic exit to the dugout. Plus, he was fined Php 150,000 for series of acts he made right there. Ouch, if you don’t earn much.

Let’s face it: we’re not shocked that Guiao has been slapped with a series of whistles – those very unusual calls resorting into series of penalties made by the league chieftain Chito Salud. But this? Come on, you’ve got to be kidding me.

Author: slickmaster | © 2014 september twenty-eight prodcutions

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