Archive for August, 2021

Ring the Damn Bell

Brian Damage

It isn’t an uncommon thing for the sports entertainment juggernaut known as World Wrestling Entertainment to “clean up” their roster from time to time. In doing so, several wrestlers, announcers, referees and backstage personnel are handed their release from the company. Some times it is due to “budgetary cuts” and other times simply because the company has nothing for them creatively. When these cuts come, some times we understand it and other times we just scratch our heads and wonder aloud….”How could WWE be so foolish?” This was the case on May 22nd, 2016. That was the day WWE released second generation star Cody Rhodes.


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Top Five Factions WWE Ruined

Posted: August 13, 2021 in Uncategorized

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B. Dangerous and Brian Damage

We return this week with the Top Five and look at wrestling factions that had a lot of promise in WWE and were ruined by poor booking decisions. It has been said in the past that Vince McMahon isn’t the biggest fan of factions in his company. What are your personal top five factions that could have been more successful than they ended up being in WWE?


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Lesley's Anime and Manga Corner

American television and film writer and producer, and North American anime pioneer Fred Ladd (Fred Laderman) passed away on August 3, 2021. He was 94 years old at the time of his passing.

Ladd was instrumental in introducing anime to North America. In 1963, he re-edited and re-dubbed the Tetsuwan Atom anime, based on Osamu Tezuka’s manga, into Astro Boy. This was the first anime to air in North America. He also produced the Gigantor (Iron Man 28) and Kimba the White Lion (Jungle Emperor Leo) anime in the 1960s. In the 1990’s, Ladd was a creative consultant for DiC Entertainment’s original English dub of Sailor Moon.

Ladd was born in Toledo, Ohio in 1927. He graduated from Ohio State University in 1949 with degrees in radio and speech. Prior to his work on Astro Boy, Ladd re-edited and redubbed European cartoons into English. Ladd also worked…

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UMD Olympians Blaze Trails

Posted: August 10, 2021 in Uncategorized

Terrapin Tales

By keondra bills freemyn

The eight Terps competing in the Tokyo 2020 Summer Olympics (postponed to 2021 due to the COVID-19 pandemic) join a list of over 50 athletes who have represented their home countries on the global stage. University of Maryland has a long history of producing world-class athletes, including a number of national team members and Olympians. For some UMD Olympians, their athleticism also blazed trails, paving the way for following generations of athletes in their field.

Paula Girven-Pittman (Track & Field)
Paul Girven-Pittman was one of the first Black UMD athletes to receive an athletic scholarship. While at UMD, Gervin set school records for the high jump and 55-meter hurdles. She was a member of the US Olympic track and field teams for the summer games in 1976 (Montreal) and 1980 (Moscow). However, due to Team USA’s boycott of the 1980 games, Gervin and her teammates did…

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