December 1, 2014
St. Louis Rams Dominate Oakland Raiders
The St. Louis Rams played one of their best games of the year in dominating the Oakland Raiders by a 54-0 score on Sunday at the Edward Jones Dome. Shaun Hill was 13 of 22 for 183 yards and two touchdowns. Tre Mason carried the ball 14 times for 117 yards and two touchdowns. Mason’s longest carry was a touchdown run of 89 yards. It was the second-longest run in franchise history, behind only a 92-yard-run in 1947.
The dominating performance by the Rams was somewhat overshadowed by the pregame actions of five of their players. Stedman Bailey, Tavon Austin, Jared Cook, Chris Givens and Kenny Britt came out of the players’ tunnel with their arms in the air, an action used widely during the Ferguson protests to mean “Hands Up, Don’t Shoot”. Kenny Britt told reporters that the gesture was to show the players’ support for the Ferguson community and they did not inform Jeff Fisher of the plan. Jeff Roorda with the St. Louis Police Officers Association took the gesture as a slap in the face to officers by the players and the team. While the police association wanted the players to be disciplined, the NFL has said they will not.
Sony Hacked. New Releases, Financial Information Leaked
Brad Pitt’s Fury, which is still in movie theaters, was among the pictures leaked on November 27 after hackers broke through Sony’s security. The film has already been downloaded over 880,000 times. Annie, Mr. Turner, Still Alice and To Write Love on Her Arms were also leaked.
Sony is reportedly looking at the theory North Korea is behind the cyber attack.
Tragic Death In St. Louis’ Bosnian Community
Zemir Begic became the 136th homicide victim in St. Louis this year over the weekend. It is one of, if not the most, tragic death this year. Begic was in his car when several teens started hitting his car, he got out to confront the teens and was beat with hammers. Begic would be transported to a hospital where he ultimately lost his life. As of this writing, three of the assailants are in police custody, ages 15, 16 and 17. An fundraiser was set up on Sunday by a family friend to help with funeral arrangements. It has raised nearly $10,000 of its $15,000 goal in less than 24 hours. St. Louis Police Chief Sam Dotson went to the neighborhood last night to address the tight-knit Bosnian community, many of which took to the intersection of Gravois and Itaska to “voice frustrations over violence touching their community”. Dotson assured the crowd that the police were doing everything possible to arrest all of those involved in the senseless killing. One person came forward to say that he was attacked by the five teens about an hour before the fatal incident.
Zemir Begic had lived in St. Louis for less than a year. He moved to the area from Iowa when he married a woman whose family resides here.
Hunger Games Dominates Weekend Box Office
The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1 easily won the weekend box office by bringing in just shy of $57 million in receipts. Penguins of Madagascar finished second with $25.8 million in its debut. Horrible Bosses 2 opened to $15.7 million to finish fifth overall. We’ll have more on the weekend box office as well as take a look at Wild, The Pyramid, Life Partners and Pioneer on Thursday in our Weekend Movie Guide,
Missouri Is Heading Back To SEC Championship
With a 21-14 win over the Arkansas Razorbacks on Friday, the Missouri Tigers are heading back to Atlanta, Georgia to represent the SEC East in the SEC Championship Game. Representing the SEC West are the New York Yankees of college football, the Alabama Crimson Tide. The game will kick of at 3 pm CST at the Georgia Dome in Atlanta. Missouri quarterback Maty Maul completed 25 of 42 passes for 265 yards, one touchdown and one interceptiom. Russell Hansbrough ran 20 times for 91 yards while Marcus Murphy ran 11 times for 58 yards and a touchdown. A key to the game for Missouri was Andrew Baggett, who was good on field goals of 50 and 52 yards.
Gary Pinkel’s Missouri team will play in the SEC Championship game for the second consecutive year in its third seasons in the conference. Pinkel and Alabama coach Nick Saban, were teammates during their days at Kent State. Missouri can beat Alabama, but it will be a huge task.
Chris Rock Touches On Race Relations With New York
In an interview with Frank Rich of New York, Chris Rock touched on race relations, income inequality, Bill Cosby and the state of comedy, among other things. It’s a really good piece and you shiould read it for yourself.
Mickey Rourke “Wins” Boxing Match
The ending comes around the 11:50 mark when the “homeless drifter” that Rourke is “fighting” is apparently rocked by punch that no one can see. Rourke certainly didn’t throw it.
Vox Media Raises $46.5 Million
Vox owns The Verge, SB Nation, Eater and other popular websites. The $46.5 million from General Atlantic puts the company’s valuation at $380 million. This comes on the heels of Buzzfeed and Reddit recently getting $50 million each in funding.
House of Cards To Return February 27, 2015
The super-popular Netflix series House of Cards, starring Kevin Spacey will return for its third season on February 27, 2015. The news was announced by this tweet from the House of Cards account.
A special message from the White House. https://t.co/YxFcHfA5qy
— House of Cards (@HouseofCards) December 1, 2014
On a side note, Andy Cohen talks about Kevin Spacey in his new memoir.
December Brings Wolf of Wall Street, Almost Famous To Netflix
Almost Famous and The Wolf of Wall Street are among the new offerings coming to Netflix today. American Beauty and Sharknado 2 are also now available.
Best Cyber Monday Deals
Here are the best Cyber Monday Deals from The Verge. Amazon is selling Fire TV for $69 today. Target has some pretty ridiculous deals today. Here’s a rundown. Woot has a Woot-Off going on and Woot-Offs are awesome. Walmart has great deals all day long, including “industry-first Cyber Monday ‘Evening Edition’ deals”. Here’s another rundown of the best Cyber Monday deals, this one from Gizmodo.
Bill Ferguson Bringing Lawsuit Over Ryan Ferguson’s False Imprisonment
Ryan Ferguson spent nearly ten years in jail for a crime it was painfully obvious he didn’t commit. He was finally set free on November 12, 2013 after 9 years, 8 months and 2 days behind bars. His father, Bill Ferguson, spent the majority of his time during those ten years fighting to prove his son’s innocence. Now, as the Kansas City Star reports, Bill is working on bringing the people who put his son in prison out to face the music. The trial in the civil case will likely begin in August of 2015.
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