Tuesday, December 28, 2010

12/26/2010 Raiders vs Colts

Pictures from a disappointing Raiders/Colts Game at the Oakland Coliseum on 12/26/10 Raiders had a chance during to win it, but for some reason, the game plan was all about passing. Jason Campbell does not seem to be as efficient when the games rests on his shoulders. Peyton Manning on the other hand threw 2 interceptions. The Raiders defensive plan was not as great either, as Manning went unsacked. Pressure did force him to throw his two picks. Unfortunately security at the Coliseum decided to be strict for no apparent reason, forcing me and my friend to miss Jacoby Ford's 99 yard kick return. Kansas City's blowout win earlier in the day and the Raiders loss totally eliminated Oakland from playoff contention this year. But it wasn't this game alone, there were at least 3 games that Oakland should have won. The fact that Oakland will have a single digit loss season, and was playing for a playoff spot this late shows great leaps of positive improvement.
I'm willing to ride Campbell next year. Offensive Coordinator Hugh Jackson did a great job calling plays, though he's had a handful of questionable decisions, he helped Darren McFadden break out into a legit MVP candidate, and at least there was some production from the WRs.

Jason Campbell hands off to Darren McFadden

Peyton Manning goes for the long ball, as Michael Huff makes his break

Peyton Manning looking for receivers as Lamar Houston tries to generate pass rush

Rolando McClain covers the middle of the field as Peyton Manning scans downfield

Gary Brackett awaits the snap count

Jason Campbell hands off to Darren McFadden

Jason Campbell looking downfield as Dwight Freeney pursues

Peyton Manning controls the line of scrimmage

Jason Campbell drops back

Peyton Manning throws a deep ball

Campbell gets pass protection as he looks down the field

Friday, December 24, 2010

My take on Holidays.

Don't really like em. Actually I kinda hate em. It brings the stupid
out of people. People are running around freaking out last minute
Christmas shopping. People were early black Friday midnight Christmas
shopping. Since I'm here to save the world from Stupidity, I must say
98% of the world is pretty much brain dead.
I'm a little older, lot angrier, a lot broker, and a lot smarter these
days. I didn't buy Jack crap for anyone for Christmas. I give people
random presents every day. I didn't volunteer or donate, I'm
charitable everyday. I didn't become extra nice for the past 10 days
just because it's the holidays. I'm nice to most people on most days.
The moral of the story: I don't need hallmark or capitalism to dictate
how I should act on certain days. I will take advantage of the holiday
pay and time off, but the Christmas spirit is how we should live
everyday. I personally think it's more special if you do or buy
something nice for someone on say April 3rd. It's more genuine.
Christmas, valentines, thanksgiving, even Halloween, it's all fake. It
shows how people are too stupid to be themselves and need the
corporations to dictate their emotions. I think we should all wear
superhero capes everyday. We should be nice to our parents everyday.
We should all help the economy year round by buying random crap for
ourselves and eachother. Christmas only forces you to be fake, I'm
sure not everyone wants to give crap and accept useless junk from
their relatives. This holiday ain't really about buying stuff for
people. I'm not religious, but I think it's really suppose to be about
the birth of Jesus.

So here you go, I give to you all the gift of common sense and the
idea of keeping it real.

Saturday, December 11, 2010

The Filipino Flash: The Next Brown Hype

Shadowboxing at Fortune Gym
I've been saying it for the past 2 Manny Pacquiao fights...I think it's time to start inching towards Team Donaire. Let's face it, the Pacman has one maybe two more fights after the dismantling of The TIjuana Tornado Antonio Margarito. It looks like he may draw Sugar Shane Mosley in April, and Floyd Mayweather Junior, boxing's biggest chump is leaning towards jail rather than fight the Pound-for-Pound king. So for all we know, Manny is done in April. Who will Filipino fight fans root for? Well, we only have to look down a few steps of the pound-for-pound ladder. Nonito "The Filipino Flash" Donaire, Jr will be the next great brown hype. He's already ranked number five in the world according to Ring Magazine. He has two world titles in two weight classes. He's gunning for a third title in a third class. On December 4th, Wladimir Sidorenko, a former world champion and olympian was the victim of a total beat down at the hands of the Flash. Sidorenko had never been knocked out in his career until he came face to face with Donaire. Donaire downed the Ukranian 3 times in 4 rounds and left him a bloody mess. Keep in mind Donaire was also nursing an injured left hand coming into the In Harm's Way Pay Per View. Despite the injury he was landing the punches. His prize a shot at Ring Magazine's #7 Pound for Pound Fighter-Bantamweight champion Fernando Montiel.

Why the next Brown Hype?

He is a talented fighter, with great footwork speed and movement. Though there's nothing as fast as Manny Pacquiao, there's a reason people call him the Filipino Flash. He does have great speed thanks to great year round conditioning. He has one and done ability. Donaire's record at the end of 2010 is 25-1, he's won 24 straight, and 17 of them by knock out. Included the 2007 upset of the year. Here's the link to refresh...
Darchinyan Knocked the F---Out!
Donaire should have  no trouble zipping up the ladder. At a langky 5-6, and only at 118 for now, he should have no problems moving up weight classes. 

He's very versatile he'll beat you lefty, righty, switch in the middle of the fights, you uses his size to over power opponents.
Too see a total beatdown, here are some highlights of his recent Sidorenko beatdown. I feel bad because of the times I talked to Sidorenko, he seemed like a really nice simple guy. Very nice guy always smiling, showing great sportsmanship. I notice he's always smiling. Well he wasn't smiling after his nose got busted. Here's what that beatdown looked like.
Sidorenko was really in Harm's Way

Robert Garcia has been magic for Donaire. Ever since he came in 3 fights ago, Donaire is becoming a monster. The two have great chemistry together.

He's also marketable. He has very good charisma, at 28 years old, he's reaching his prime. He's had songs written by him by the all-girl sports pop group Slam Girls, and the world's best DJ, fellow Filipino DJ Q-Bert. Filipino Flash is catchy.

The draw backs, aside from knocking out Vic Darchinyan for his first world title, he hasn't really fought any of the big boys. That'll all change. After he destroyed Sidorenko, Donaire gets his crack at Fernando Montiel. In past conversations with Donaire, he is eyeing to climb the pound for pound ladder.

In Harm's Way vs Sidorenko
Let's face it, Pacquiao will get into politics, possibly be a future president someday. We all know what happens when someone becomes president, they start getting hated on, they get corrupted by the system, and all that potentially fun stuff. With Donaire we're getting a kid that loves to fight.

In a hypothetical world, it's not too far fetched that he can rise to the top of the pound for pound rankings by the end of 2011. Manny may retire soon, perhaps after one more fight. Number 2 Floyd Mayweather may be done for if he goes to prison number 3 Mosley is going get whooped by Pacquiao. fourth ranked Juan Manuel Marquez, another Pacquiao suitor, if he gets beaten badly by Pacquiao will fall out of the rankings, and may retire just as many Mexican ex-Pacman foes have done. So depending on the scenarios, we can see The Filipino Flash sprint to the top sooner than we think.

Saturday, November 20, 2010

Blogger via phone test; The Warrior's Way sneak peak!

Testing out my iPhone blogger. Went to The Warriors Way screening last night. I had the chance to interview the cast Jang Dong Gun, Kate Bosworth, and Danny Huston at the press junkette the other day. I'll put it up as soon as I figure out where I can transfer a digibeta to a mini DV or even better if I can put it straight to final cut. All I have to say is this movie was pretty good. It was ninjas vs cowboys vs carnies with 300 like effects and some deep emotional stuff that I totally relate to.   

I Also Double Up as Pinoy Tony Stark

Many Manny Observations

Manny Training at Wild Card Gym Nov 5
Manny Pacquiao is back in the Philippines after a hard earned victory over Antonio Margarito. I spent a good chunk of my past 3 weeks or so covering Pacquiao, or Pacman related things. I went to the Wild Card a few times while he was training, as well as several events he attended, including a taping of Jimmy Kimmel live. It's amazing to watch him do his thing. It's also amazing to see the hundreds that follow him any and everywhere. It's almost like he has become the symbol of hope for these people. Let's face it, before Manny Pacquiao became the world's best fighter, Filipinos didn't have much going for them on the mainstream stage. We had Apl de Ap of the Black Eyed Peas, but he's only 1/4 of a pop group. We had Cheryl Burke, the 2 Time Dancing with the Stars Champion, but it's only a select crowd. We didn't have much. You ask a Hollywood celebrity to name a Filipino, the best they probably would've done pre-2006, would be to name a Basco brother. In my mind, Pacman put Filipinos on the map this century.
Pacman fan Jeremy Piven of Entourage watches Manny's Media Day 10/27/10

When I see Manny, I see a guy who always smiles. He is a people pleaser, and also a very happy go lucky religious man with a kind heart. Despite the punishment he delivers in the ring he is a gentle soul. He showed compassion during his fight against Antonio Margarito when he told the referee to stop. His biggest accomplishment for me in 2010, was when he taught us to love our enemies, by sparing Margarito's life. It's so easy to want to see a total knock down. I admit I was a bad sport when I played high school football. Even if we were winning, I'd still get cheap shots in. My goal was to send people to the hospital, but no not Manny. The Pacman, wanted to give Margarito his pride. Manny let him finish the fight. He spared him from becoming a Ricky Hatton.

In the ring, he's all business but having fun. I've seen it on some of his real workouts, smiling talking, but still keeping the intensity while getting his business done. The media workouts tend to be lighter than the actual intense days. 

The Pacman is very routine based; run in the morning, gym at night, dinner at the Thai restaurant after. Though he's got his routine down, he still adds some sporadic events. He'll stop for fans at times. He also squeezes in some events like the Nike appearance and Jimmy Kimmel live. He also keeps to his roots. One day I was hanging out at Hair People. The lady there Julie has been one of Manny's first American friends since he started. She also cuts my hair as well. One day I'm hanging out on the couch, next thing I know, he's there signing autographs for people that leave gloves and posters with Julie. He was there just talking to her, as a normal person and friend. Bobby has also hung out there at the salon randomly. They stick to their roots.

As a congressman, he'll be a successful leader, despite the lack of education, and experience, he will be effective, because he provides a rallying point for people. No one dislikes him. Not even his opponents. The only person who seems to dislike him is Floyd Mayweather Jr, but that seems to be more out of fear. My fear is, with all this people around Manny, especially politicians, how many have bad intentions, or how many will try to use him for evil? Not sure how he'll cut it when he gets to the presidency.  Bob Arum and Freddie Roach are both resided to the fact that he will eventually become President of the Philippines. By then, hopefully he would have had enough experience to run the country.

But the question is; Is there enough Manny to go around? I actually feel bad for him. It seems like a lot of people try to use him for their own gain. People are coming up with lawsuits left and right. RBM Global International, an unknown record label is know the most known possibly non-existant record label on the planet. They are now known as the record label that's trying to sue the champion for $10 Million. A promoter in Texas might try to sue him for an event cancellation Who knows how real, or well thought out, or extortion like these suits are. Thats for the courts to decide.

Congressman Pacquiao at a Basketball Event in Mira Mesa, CA October24,2010

After the dismantling of Margarito, it's clear that the Pacman is still at the top of his game. He's still the same humble religious man. He continues to fight with class, he had the permission and opportunity to knock out and embarrass the Tijuana Tornado after how he mocked Coach Freddie Roach's Parkinson's, but he didn't. Team Pacquiao showed he can be a bigger man, and a gracious winner. He should get a Nobel Peace Prize for that, while Margarito gets a Darwin Award for his stupidity. Manny has proven on this flight that he is the Worlds best Pound-for-Pound Boxer. He proved he may even be the greatest boxer of All time. Muhammad Ali didn't have band rehearsal, never ran a country, or so many stop overs. Though Ali was a great activist, he never dealt with the fiascos, the lawsuits, the entourage, the users and abusers. The fact that the PacmanYoutube,and scandals are lurking in every corner, truly makes Manny "The Pacman" Pacquiao the greatest boxer of all time, and perhaps the most celebrated athlete of this generation.

Friday, November 19, 2010


This is my introduction. I go by Asian Clark Kent. Born in the Philippines, grew up in the San Francisco Bay Area, living it up in Los Angeles. By day, I am a journalist for an ethnic media company. (Well in the country of origin, it is the main stream.) I choose not to reveal my identity because, I am a high profile personality and need to protect my image as well as the company's image. Yes I've been reprimanded in the past for my random idiotic trash talk, YouTube videos, etc. So to play it safe, I'm keeping my identity a secret shhhh.

I'm here to share my ramblings, tips, insights, and share some of the Asian community to the world. I won't talk all about Asian things, but a lot of my blogs to be will be Asian-centric, especially dealing with the Filipino community, whom I've worked with for a large chunk of my life, and where I spend most of my days covering.

I did not choose the name Asian Clark Kent. It chose me. I was interviewing people at a mall one day and some girls tweeted that I looked like an Asian Clark Kent. I guess anyone that wears glasses with a suit with a fairly bulky build, can pass for Clark Kent. The name is fitting because I've always loved Superman since I was a kid.