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Onde andas, meu querido Benfica?

por Bruno Ferreira, em 29.09.13

 

Que as arbitragens em Portugal não são famosas, isso já sabemos! E há que admitir que o Benfica é o mais prejudicado a este ponto do campeonato, seja em penaltys, foras-de-jogo, etc.! Mas isso não é o que IMPORTA! Há que jogar futebol, há que parar de tocar no assunto da arbitragem, que já se sabe que é um assunto perdido!, Nota-se a falta de empenho dos jogadores e um treinador que inventa cada uma, que ás vezes parece que é o seu primeiro dia! Joguem futebol, façam ver a vossa garra, o árbitro não assinala penalty? Sigam o jogo e mandem 5 bombas á baliza e façam 5 golos para não haver hipótese de manipular o resultado! 

Sinceramente este Benfica actual preocupa-me! Tenho medo de sair de Paris com uma goleada, tenho medo que este Benfica volte a ser humilhado pelo Norte, não escrevo isto como um benfiquista desiludido, mas sim como um benfiquista triste, pela milésima vez, acordem, nós nunca desistimos de vocês, não sei porque é que parece que desistiram de nós!

 

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Chase Me!

por Bruno Ferreira, em 26.09.13

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Moulin Rouge! (2001)

por Bruno Ferreira, em 25.09.13

 

 

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In Part One of WWE.com's exclusive interview with Daniel Bryan, he had earned a contract with WWE after close to a decade of toiling on the independent scene. With an international reputation under his belt and an opportunity with WWE at his hands, Bryan seemed primed for an explosive debut in the McMahon empire. It didn’t quite start out that way …


"The rookie"


Having clawed his way through blood, dirt and Texas rodeos to reach the big time, how did Daniel Bryan mark his debut in WWE? As a contender to the WWE Title many felt he deserved? In a rivalry with fellow self-proclaimed “Best in the World” Chris Jericho or CM Punk? Perhaps in pursuit of the Intercontinental Championship, long considered to be the title of the most gifted competitors in “the business”?

 

Nope. Instead, Bryan took stage on the rookie competition show, WWE NXT, and his first moments on WWE programming ended with The Miz slapping him square across the face.

 

“[NXT] was very interesting and wild to be a part of,” said Bryan of the famously unorthodox show, “but I had this idea of what I wanted NXT to be for me. I came out in very basic gear – I had better gear – with the idea thinking, ‘If I have a mentor, obviously Miz is going to have a very hard time teaching me how to wrestle.’ So I came in as pale as I possibly could, in basic gear because I thought he might try to jazz me up and make me an entertainer.”

 

Alas, Daniel Bryan as “Miz Jr.” never came to pass. But he struck an odd chord with the crowd all the same. Once again, slowly but surely, what started as sympathy turned into support from the WWE Universe.

 

“Right away, people who were fans of me were mad that they were putting me as a Rookie with The Miz as my Pro,” said Bryan. “Most of the audience that had never seen me before started to feel bad for me. I got that role of the underdog.”


"One door closes..."


Sympathy didn’t stick with Bryan for long. When he and the other NXT Rookies came to the main WWE roster as The Nexus, Bryan became an unexpected casualty of their history-making attack on the WWE locker room. Days later, Daniel Bryan was released from WWE for the second time.

 

“Mr. McMahon has called me twice in my life,” said Bryan. “Once was [to offer me] that tryout match in 2008. And the second time he called me was on the Friday after [The Nexus’ debut]. Mr. McMahon called me to personally release me, himself.”

 

The WWE Chairman was apologetic in future-endeavoring one of his newest charges, but Bryan told him not to worry. After that fateful phone call with Mr. McMahon, Bryan made one other call – to Gabe Sapolsky, a former executive at Ring of Honor. Just days after being dismissed by the most powerful sports-entertainment company on the face of the Earth, Daniel Bryan wrestled at a convention hall in Detroit against a competitor named Eddie Kingston (no relation). The crowd was small potatoes by most standards. More people tend to mill around the loading dock at Raw when WWE Superstars make their entrances. Yet, based on the reaction, he may as well have been Triple H at the Garden, returning after the quadriceps surgery that saved his career.


"Third time's the charm"


As another controversial star once said, the cream rises to the top. So it shouldn’t be a surprise that, for all the good vibes it garnered among his grassroots fan base, Bryan’s stint in WWE exile didn’t last long. Just a few months after his release, “The American Dragon” returned to the promised land once more and found himself – for the third time – under the employ of WWE.

 

Bryan’s grand return was as part of Team WWE at SummerSlam 2010 in a match against his old cohorts in The Nexus, as John Cena’s handpicked final member of the heroic all-star squadron. He followed that up by submitting his former sensei to win the U.S. Title at Night of Champions 2010 (he even broke out an old indie hold for the title defense), eventually captured a Money in the Bank contract and World Heavyweight Championship (no need to go into how he lost it), anchored a beloved WWE Tag Team Title run with Kane, and inspired one of the greatest chants of all time.

 

At SummerSlam 2013, Bryan captured his first WWE Championship by defeating none other than Cena himself, 10 years after their first match on Velocity. To finish Cena off for good, Bryan used another indie move: A running Busaiku Knee to the head, a favorite of his old rival KENTA – the same guy who brought his sister to tears.


"Is being good enough"


Bryan’s win was also a victory for the type of competitor he represented, and for the fans – both WWE Universe members and the nameless legions that crammed into armories to watch him – who stuck it out with him along the way. And then, of course, Triple H snatched Bryan’s triumph from him, helping Randy Orton to use his Money in the Bank contract to defeat Bryan for the title and installing The Apex Predator as The King of Kings’ handpicked champion. The message Triple H has conveyed in weeks since? Daniel Bryan – though talented – is still a small-time competitor who is not good enough to represent WWE’s brand. The subtext, of course, is that he didn’t play the game to The Game’s satisfaction. A second WWE Title win, over Orton at Night of Champions 2013. ended in similarly ignominious fashion, when Triple H accused Bryan and referee Scott Armstrong of a conspiracy to dethrone The Viper, and stripped Bryan of the title after less than 24 hours.

 

“When you come up in the WWE developmental system, you’re so assimilated you don’t know it could be different,” said Bryan. “For example, in Ring of Honor … never once did I have to say, ‘Hey I deserve this match or this opportunity.’ They never looked at me and said, ‘Hey, you’re not marketable’ or anything like that.

 

“I realized early on that you can get where you want to be just based on being good. You don’t have to politic, you don’t have to be anybody’s buddy, you don’t have to do any of that kind of stuff. You can get there through hard work. If I hadn’t gone through all that, [Triple H’s agenda] might be easier to swallow.”


"I have to do better"


Regardless of The Game’s vendetta, with John Cena injured for the foreseeable future, the WWE Universe has undoubtedly turned to Bryan as its chosen hero. He’s headlining the WWE Live Events he tours on. He released two T-shirts in the span of a month. And it’s hard to imagine him resting until he wins (and keeps) the WWE Title. So why doesn’t he feel like he has made it yet?

 

“I always feel like I have to do better, and I think that’s one of the things that drives me forward and has made me the wrestler I am now, because I don’t feel like, ‘Okay, now I made it,’” explained Bryan. “You might be ‘The Guy’ right now, but being the main-event guy is not enough.”

 

Another factor, of course, is the response of the WWE Universe. He doesn’t just want nationwide sell-outs. He wants true, must-see competition that gets people talking and attending events. He feels if you wrestle, they will come.

 

“I want it to be like with ‘Stone Cold’ Steve Austin and The Rock where, everywhere we go, it’s 18,000 people in the arena,” said Bryan. “That’s the kind of thing I was talking about with John Cena; it’s one of the things that drives him forward and drives me forward."


"No excuses"


Bryan’s certainly doing his part to make it happen, but getting to that point also depends upon the quality of competition. Part of that comes from the wrestlers mined from the top of the indies. (“If those places dry up and don’t exist anymore,” he noted, “we have a very small talent pool from which to draw wrestlers from.”) But a big new wave of Superstars is coming up to challenge him, nurtured by – ironically enough – Triple H and the new WWE Performance Center in Orlando, Florida.

 

“They have seven rings ... you can go in there and learn to be as good as you want to be,” said Bryan. “When I was in the WWE developmental system in 2000, we had two rings, one of which was nearly unusable, and we had a TV with the wire antennas and you had to bring your own tapes if you wanted to watch anything. But the WWE Performance Center has any DVD you could ever want there.” The quality of the Superstars who pass through is not only what’s best for business but what’s best for Daniel Bryan, who has never accepted anything less than the toughest of challengers. “Really to me, there’s no excuse for this generation of wrestlers to not be the best,” he said.

 

And with good competition comes great rewards. “The success that I felt with that 2,500 people from that Morishima match, I want that success here,” said Bryan, “But it’s got to be infinitely expanded because our audience is infinitely expanded.”

 

Presumably, that doesn’t come with infinitely expanded injuries, but the idea of that doesn’t seem all that bad to Daniel Bryan. Hardship has clearly fueled him. And if the WWE Universe is left to understand one thing, it’s that Daniel Bryan, more than most, lives for the fight. True, he’s not all that assuming. He’s the undersized guy with the gimpy shoulder, iffy eye and caveman beard; the guy who didn’t pass gym and tops out at 5-foot-8, 200 pounds. But don’t underestimate him. Whatever you do, don’t count him out. Because he'll never stop fighting back, and you might just get your head kicked in. After all, with the odds stacked against him, isn’t that what a wrestler – what a WWE Superstar – does?

 

The answer, of course, is yes.

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Daniel Bryan is a WWE Superstar. But he is also not a WWE Superstar. He is – in his words – a wrestler. He’s a vegan. He’s a stout 5-foot-8 rather than a hulking 6-foot-3. He is, potentially, the only multi-time World Champion in history to have not passed gym class, as he’s five PE credits short of a General Studies degree at Grace Harbor Community College. It has been roughly two-years since his face was clean-shaven; throw him in a suit and you don’t get Tom Brady so much as the Unfrozen Caveman Lawyer.

 

His is a career full of hirings, firings, three-letter words, 18-second humiliations with a payday of riches, 10-minute draws that netted him fifty bucks on a good day, codes of honor, goat faces, Big Red Monsters and, at one point, an honest-to-goodness eye patch. That’s hardly the route Hulk Hogan took, but it’s one that has made Daniel Bryan a champion all the same. And it’s a story that has largely gone untold within WWE until very recently.

 

Ver a carreira de Daniel Bryan em fotos!


More than most, Bryan’s path to WWE Superstardom is a career trajectory that’s even more unlikely than he seems to give it credit for, one that might force a less tenacious athlete to simply call it quits. But Bryan is a competitor whose what-me-worry personality belies a killer instinct. Fire him from WWE, and he’ll show up in an armory the next day selling his own merch. Injure his shoulder and he’ll just have to tap you out with one hand. Steal the WWE Title from him, and he’ll come back faster and harder to get it back. Strike Daniel Bryan down and he becomes more powerful than you can possibly imagine.


"The little guy"


The date is October 4, 1999. The place is Far West Rodeo in San Antonio, Texas, and the future WWE Champion is wrestling a 10-minute, time limit draw for a king’s ransom of … $25 to $50, depending on how many tickets were sold. Believe it or not, it wasn’t the worst position a guy like Daniel Bryan could be in at the time. 

 

“I never once did a show and didn’t get paid for it,” he said, “which makes me very fortunate among the independent wrestlers.

 

”A 5-foot-8 sparkplug from Washington State who was inspired to pursue professional wrestling by WCW’s famed Cruiserweight division, Daniel Bryan first tasted the mat under the tutelage of Shawn Michaels in what has become a small piece of both their legends. Michaels’ first lesson? Cardio, cardio, cardio.

 

“We got in the ring and we did rolls, just rolls,” said Bryan of his first class. “Roll back and forth 10 times in 100-degree heat, and it becomes very tiring very quickly.”

 

The Showstopper’s seal of approval would prove an early leg up in one of the most viciously competitive businesses in the world. Even then, at the dawn of his career, there were traces of the champion Daniel Bryan would one day become. In what would develop into a trend, Bryan distinguished himself from his fellow would-be wrestlers in his very first session under Michaels, during all those rolls.

 

“I think everybody in our class threw up except me and Lance Cade.”

 

"Developmental"

 

The first time Daniel Bryan found himself in the employ of Mr. McMahon in 2000, it was – like that first $25 to $50 payday – owed to the influence of Shawn Michaels.

 

“Shawn got us a tryout match with WWE in Austin, Texas. It was me and a guy named Shooter Schultz against Brian Kendrick & Lance Cade in a Tag Team Match,” said Bryan. “They gave us 10 minutes, we got to go out there and do everything we could possibly do, and then they signed all four of us to developmental deals.”

 

While training in WWE’s Memphis developmental promotion, Bryan met and was mentored by William Regal, and he received a unique opportunity for a WWE prospect: He was also allowed to wrestle elsewhere.

 

“[WWE] let me go do a Super 8 tournament,” said Bryan. His participation was a rare exception for a competitor training under WWE’s umbrella, and – in what would develop into another trend – the young grappler made the most of the opportunity. Over the course of the competition (a 2001 event run by the East Coast Wrestling Association), he made it past Kendrick – “Spanky,” as Bryan calls him – and Reckless Youth before falling to Low Ki in the finals. Despite the loss, the exposure proved invaluable. “That really put my name out there,” Bryan recalled. “I was very fortunate.”

 

Somewhat less fortunate was the way in which Bryan’s first period in WWE came to a close. Ironically, it was the acquisition of Eric Bischoff’s famous cruiserweights – the same ones that inspired Bryan to lace ’em up in the first place – that forced Daniel Bryan out the door. “They had a million guys like us who had more experience and had already been on TV,” he conceded. “So that’s when I started working the indies.”


"The American Dragon Rises"


Much has been made of Bryan’s years in bingo halls and armories in the abstract, but the truth is that you’d have to travel far and wide to find a competitor so beloved by a core audience. Michaels’ influence and those side-project trips – stints in Japan, the Super 8 tournament and a “King of the Indies” bracket in 2001 that Bryan won – helped him get his name out before WWE bid him farewell. But the myth of Daniel Bryan mainly originates from his time in the independent promotion Ring of Honor, which he helped build to prominence.

 

The promotion didn’t live and die on the back of Bryan’s efforts. During his time there, the submission master ran afoul of CM Punk, Seth Rollins (pictured above) and others who played equal roles in its success – but he’s acknowledged as a “Founding Father” of the company, and clearly ranked among its biggest, most transcendent stars.

 

Bryan competed for close to 10 years in Ring of Honor and – taking advantage of the indies’ freedom – several other promotions. He even flirted with a WWE return briefly, wrestling a tryout match on Velocity in 2003 against some guy named John Cena that has since become a cult classic among wrestling fans.

 

But for those who are truly willing to look, they can find Bryan – sometimes bearded, sometimes bald – in situations nearly unfathomable in a post-Attitude Era world. 2006 was his banner year, rumbling with a pre-WWE Antonio Cesaro in an inter-promotional “Cage of Death” match; fighting with a bad shoulder vs. the Japanese wrestler KENTA in another tilt that brought his sister to tears at ringside; and brawling in England against hometown hero Nigel McGuinness to unify ROH’s World Heavyweight and Pure Wrestling Championships – a bout Bryan won by knockout and considers one of his best ever. The efficient, unpredictable style with which he competed and the various championships he earned soon earned him the reputation of “the best wrestler in the world” and the fearsome nickname of “The American Dragon.”


"This might not be good"


At only one point did Bryan ever contemplate throwing in the towel: After a particularly brutish match where the Japanese wrestler Takeshi Morishima rained a hailstorm of fists on Bryan’s face that detached his retina. Bryan’s mother drove him to the ophthalmologist. His sister begged him to quit. And for the first, last and only time, as he remembers it, Daniel Bryan thought, “Okay, this might not be good.”

 

“My dad was the one who said, ‘Listen, I work at a paper mill 60 hours a week. You get to go out there, live your dream and do what you want to do,” Bryan explained. “[He said] ‘Don’t pass that up. You can come back here and do this with me any time you want.’”

 

Long story short: He threw on an eye patch and did just that. In fact, Bryan wrestled Morishima again, a year later, in a lawless “Fight Without Honor” that unspooled in New York City’s Hammerstein Ballroom at the Manhattan Center (across the street from Madison Square Garden), as perfect a wrestling mecca as has ever existed.

 

Somewhat unsurprisingly, he counts the Morishima matches among his personal favorites.

 

“We had 2,000 people in New York City coming to something because they’ve heard how good it is, or they’ve seen it live and loved it so much that they’re gonna keep coming,” said Bryan.


"Getting the call...again"


No good thing lasts forever, though, and despite a few nibbles from WWE – notably another tryout match in 2008 against Lance Cade – the big dance had so far eluded the best wrestler in the world. In 2009, when Bryan’s Ring of Honor contract was up, he seriously contemplated – in his words – “focusing on becoming an adult.”

 

Mounting injuries and that unfinished degree hung over the head of "The American Dragon." Wrestling could be just a weekend occupation while he prepared to begin the rest of his life. All things considered, he could hang up the boots and call it a good career.

 

Right on cue, Spanky came a-callin’.

 

The summons from Kendrick (then “The” Brian Kendrick in WWE) sent Bryan to Oakland, where he cut a few backstage segments with his old buddy to potentially bring them together as a WWE tag team that would have seen Bryan become “The” partner to “The” Brian Kendrick. Reaction to the duo’s backstage work from WWE officials was positive, but once again, an unexpected firing seemed to derail Daniel Bryan’s path to the big leagues.

 

“They said they kind of liked it, and then Brian Kendrick got let go,” said Bryan. “I thought, ‘Oh, for sure nothing’s happening.’ So I was preparing for what I needed to do and then, literally, two or three weeks after Brian got let go, John Laurinaitis called me up and offered me the deal.”

 

And so it was, for the second time, Daniel Bryan found himself in the employ of Mr. McMahon.

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DVD Colecção #311

por Bruno Ferreira, em 14.09.13

 

Por sorte, consegui encontrar este grande clássico do mestre Kubrick em Blu-Ray e a um preço bastante bom! O filme "Full Metal Jacket" é de 1987, tem 8.4 no IMDb e esteve nomeado para um Óscar da Academia! Tenho que apontar também a banda-sonora deste filme, que está qualquer coisa!

 

Extras:

 

  - Commentary by Adam Baldwin, Vincent D’Onofrio, R. Lee Ermey and Jay Cocks

- New Featurette: Full Metal Jacket: Between Good and Evil

- Theatrical trailer

 

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The Butler - O Mordomo

por Bruno Ferreira, em 08.09.13

 

Já há algum tempo, um mês mais coisa menos coisa, que não ia ao cinema! Um bocado por causa de que os últimos filmes que saíram nas nossas salas não valerem o dinheiro que nos pedem á entrada! Já andava de olho neste título faz já algum tempo, confesso também que só pela banda-sonora ser do Rodrigo Leão meu deu logo outra vontade para o ir ver, mas também o elenco do filme ajudou em boa parte! Confesso que nos últimos tempos, despertou um interesse em mim de apreciar biografias, estando já a minha próxima ida ao cinema marcada para ir ver "Diana", mais cedo que que isso não me apanham lá!

 

 

 

Toda a gente sabe que é preciso algum estofo para ir ver biografias, geralmente são filmes parados e que contam histórias de alguém que marcou a história de um país, que não é o nosso, daí ser difícil para nós espectadores portugueses, criar uma ligação forte com a pessoa que está a ser represada no filme! Este mordomo (um pouco que um Martin Luther King mais "light"), conseguiu ajuda para a sua raça, não em protestos ou manifestações, mas sim com pequenas atitudes ou falas dadas junto dos presidentes dos EUA que foram passando pela casa branca, atitudes essas que nem o próprio mordomo sabia que as tinha feito ou que tinha ajudado a sua gente, mesmo sem querer! 

 

 

Uma viagem que acaba por ser interessante sobre as dificuldades que a raça negra passou, mesmo depois de Lincoln ter libertado os escravos muitos anos antes e como um simples mordomo a servir na casa branca, acaba ele também por intervir no rumo da história da humanidade e nos direitos humanos! Banda-sonora cinco estrelas como acho que já disse, boa fotografia e dizendo novamente, uma história bem interessante! Ide ver que não gostar! Só mais uma pequena coisa, passem uma vista de olhos neste outro poster do filme, que para mim está qualquer coisa, ver aqui! "Baseado em fatos verídicos, o filme conta a história de um mordomo negro que serviu 8 presidentes na Casa Branca, durante o período de 1952 e 1986. A partir deste ponto de vista único, o filme traça as mudanças dramáticas que abalaram a sociedade Americana, desde o movimento pelos Direitos Civis, até à Guerra do Vietname, e a forma como essas mudanças afetaram a vida e a família deste homem."

 

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WWE: CARD "NIGHT OF CHAMPIONS 2013"

por Bruno Ferreira, em 07.09.13

 

Evento: Night of Champions

Local: Joe Louis Arena, Detroit, Michigan

Data: 15 de Setembro de 2013

 

Combates confirmados:

 

Combate pelo título da WWE

Randy Orton (c) vs Daniel Bryan

 

Combate pelo título World Heavyweight

Alberto Del Rio (c) vs Rob Van Dam

 

Combate pelo título das Divas

AJ Lee (c) vs Natalya vs Naomi vs Brie Bella

 

Combate Handicap de Eliminação

CM Punk vs Curtis Axel & Paul Heyman

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