More Evidence Kevin Demoff, Stan Kroenke and the Los Angeles Rams Are Awful
Los Angeles Rams Chief Operating Officer and Executive Vice President of Football Operations Kevin Demoff spoke recently at Harvard-Westlake High School, his alma mater. He said the team’s Los Angeles relocation process really started in the summer of 2013. He also at one point implied he was thankful the team went on a four-game losing streak at a time during the process.
Watch Kevin Demoff speaking at Harvard-Westlake High School below. Update Looks like Demoff and the Rams had the video deleted. You can read the most infuriating of his comments here.
Owner Stan Kroenke spoke (seriously, he spoke in public somewhere) at the MIT Sloan Sports Analytics Conference in Boston recently. One of the soundbites picked up by the media has Kroenke addressing his ownership in European football club Aresenal. He addressed that fact that he didn’t get into owning 66.3 percent of the club to win trophies. Arsenal fans hate him almost as much as St. Louis fans, so this isn’t likely to help his standing there.
The National Football League Players Association also recently notified player agents that they should reject some language in the contracts the Los Angeles Rams were offering to players. The contract language said that the contracts were under Missouri labor laws and thus any Worker’s Compensation claims would need to be addressed to the Missouri office. It was suspected that this was done to avoid the California laws, which are seen as highly pro-worker. Vincent Bonsigniore, a sports columnist and radio host in L.A. tweeted that the contracts were done that way so that any bonus money employees earned in the team’s last month in Missouri would be taxed at Missouri rates. He also said that once the team is officially moved to California, the new contracts will be signed under California law.
March Madness Bracket Leaked During Selection Show
A two-hour special was blocked off on CBS last night for the announcement of the NCAA Division 1 Men’s Basketball Tournament field. 50 minutes in, a picture started being shared across Twitter. People were claiming it was the bracket for the full field, somehow leaked early. Sure enough, it turned out to be accurate and no one knows who leaked it.
Missouri & Saint Louis Hope For NCAA Tourney Bids Tonight
The women’s basketball teams from the University of Missouri-Columbia and Saint Louis University will be hoping for NCAA tournament bids tonight when the bracket is announced tonight on ESPN.
The latest Bracketology report from ESPN’s Charlie Creme has Missouri slotted as a #9 seed in the Bridgeport, CT region. Creme predicts Mizzou will be playing Duquesne, who SLU beat earlier this season at Chaifetz Arena. A win in the opening game would potentially mean a match-up with the #1 overall seed, unbeaten Connecticut. A tournament bid for Mizzou would be the first for the program since 2006 and a great opportunity for the development of the young players on the roster, like freshman Cierra Porter and SEC Freshman of the Year Sophie Cunningham.
The Saint Louis University Billikens are currently a “bubble team” in the Bracketology report. Lisa Stone’s team getting a bid tonight would be a very welcomed surprise. The Billikens had the best season in program history with a 24-7 record and a share of the Atlantic 10 regular season championship. Stone was named the A-10 Coach of the Year and sophomore Kemph was named the conference co-player of the year. If the NCAA Tournament passes on the Billikens, they will surely get an invite to the 16-team Women’s NIT, which will announce their field late tonight. Playing in the Women’s NIT could possibly mean the Billikens host at least one game at Chaifetz Arena.
The Billikens currently rank 54th in the country in terms of RPI rating.
Zootopia Again Takes Weekend Box Office Crown
Zootopia had a very strong showing in its second weekend, easily winning the weekend box office crown with an estimated $50 million in receipts. As of this writing, the animated Disney film has grossed $142.6 million domestically and $431.3 million worldwide.
10 Cloverfield Lane was the top debut film of the weekend with an estimated $25.2 million in receipts. The Perfect Match pulled in $4.15 million and The Young Messiah saw $3.4 million in sales.The Brothers Grimsby bombed for Sacha Baron Cohen, taking in just $3.15 million in its debut.
Check back to RealLifeSTL on Thursday for my Weekend Movie Guide. I’ll take a closer look at the weekend box office numbers, preview The Divergent Series: Allegiant -Part 1 and Miracles from Heaven and more.
John Oliver Talks Encryption On Last Week Tonight
John Oliver talks about the encryption debate on this week’s episode of Last Week Tonight.
John Oliver talks encryption on Last Week Tonight
Kesha, Kelsea Ballerini and Thomas Rhett To Appear On ABC’S Nashville
Kesha, Kelsea Ballerini and Thomas Rhett have all signed on to make one-episode appearances on ABC’s hit television show Nashville.
Garth Brooks Postpones New Album
Garth Brooks was supposed to have a follow-up album to 2014’s Man Against Machine out by now. In fact, many people like myself have already paid for the album by buying a Garth digital bundle through Ghost Tunes. Garth recently released a statement on his Facebook page saying he is delaying the upcoming album so that he can focus more on the writing of the songs. He expects to release the new album sometime in the summer of 2016.
Jennifer Nettles Covers Queen’s Bohemian Rhapsody At Recent Concert
Former Sugarland singer Jennifer Nettles has been touring and recording as a solo act recently. At a tour stop in Oregon the singer and a band performed Queen’s “Bohemian Rhapsody.”
Jennifer Nettles covers Queen’s Bohemian Rhapsody
Richard Simmons Says He Is Not Being Held Hostage
Reports had been swirling for a little while that Richard Simmons was being held hostage in his home by his maid. The reclusive fitness guru called into Entertainment Tonight last night to assure people that he has not been kidnapped and no one should worry about him.
StilL 630 Wins 6 Medals At American Craft Spirits Association Spirits Competition
Local craft distillery StilL 630‘s David Weglarz recently represented the company at the American Craft Spirits Association’s Spirits Competition. The local entry’s Double Barrel Rallpoint whiskey earned the Best of Class: Whiskey award and the company brought home five more medals as well. StilL 630 is located at 1000 S. 4th Street in downtown St. Louis. The company, which has two employees, offers tours most Saturdays and Sundays.
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