I had a great weekend, as that this held true until Monday:
Nothing better than a lazy weekend at home with some tacos, Netflix, and excessive napping. Even though it was relatively non-eventful, it was still better than these people’s.
It’s one thing to lose your title; it’s another thing to lose it to a man with a pretty rocking dad-bod.
In his U.S. debut, Anthony Joshua, the British unified heavyweight champion, was heavily favored to beat Andy Ruiz Jr., particularly since Ruiz was a last-minute replacement for Jarrell “Big Baby” Miller, who failed multiple pre-fight drug tests.
But Ruiz surprised the entire crowd at Madison Square Garden by taking down Joshua in the seven round with a TKO, taking the heavyweight IBF, WBA and WBO titles.
Ruiz , who has only been signed with Premier Boxing Champions since April, said after the fight, “I just want to thank God for giving me this victory. Without him this wouldn’t have been possible. This is what I have been dreaming about. This is what I have been working hard for, and I can’t believe I just made my dreams come true.”
Joshua, for his part, was gracious in his loss. “Big respect to Andy, big big respect. [He’s a] good fighter. Thank you America. Thank you everyone for coming out this evening. Sorry I let my friends down, sorry I let my supporters down.” He added, “I don’t want anyone to kind of drown in their sorrows. This is boxing. It’s all the same. It just wasn’t my night. It was Andy Ruiz’s night. You know what? It’s good for the TV. It’s good for DAZN. It gets people watching.”
And they will probably be watching the matchup again: Joshua has a rematch clause in his contract and both fighters expressed interest in meeting again following the fight. Get ready for round 2! [Via CBS Sports]
Linda Sue Godejohn
Who is Linda Sue Godejohn? Well, she was a school bus driver in Texas, until she got pulled over for driving her bus erratically with 30 students on board. Cops say she was drunk…but she says it was all due to a bad donut.
Motorists called the police after observing Godejohn take a corner so sharply the bus almost rolled over. She failed the field sobriety test administered by officers and was arrested. After she was released on bond, Godejohn said that she hasn’t touched alcohol in years and that her poor driving and performance on the test was due to an upset stomach from a donut she had eaten earlier in the day.
“My stomach was just hurting so bad that a wheel fell off the thing, the curb,” Godejohn said. “That’s all it was, and going 45 mph, it’s going to whip back.” I don’t even understand what that means, but she also blamed the stomach pain on failing the test.
Charges are pending the results of a blood test and the bus company suspended Godejohn without pay pending the results of the investigation.
I’m already a bad enough driver – does this mean I can’t eat donuts anymore? [Via DailyMail]
Ariana Grande Fans
You might think that my sympathies would be with Grande’s fans, since she recently had to postpone some of the dates on her Sweetner World Tour, but the reason means that Grande will likely never eat pizza again, so who is the real victim here?
Grande had a reaction to tomatoes last week, leading to a diagnosis of an adult-onset allergy to the fruit found in the everything from ketchup to pizza to pasta sauce. The singer took to Instagram to describe the situation:
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update: we discovered ….. that ….. i had an unfortunate allergic reaction to tomatoes and my throat pretty much closed. still feels like i’m swallowing a cactus but slowly making progress! thank u all for your love and understanding. can’t wait to get back to performing and to make it up to Tampa and Orlando in November. p.s. there is NOTHING MORE UNFAIR THAN AN ITALIAN WOMAN DEVELOPING AN ALLERGY TO TOMATOES IN HER MID TWENTIES…….
Thoughts and prayers, Ariana. I guess you’ll just have to develop an affinity for alfredo. [Via CNN]
Tampa Bay Rays
There’s an old existential question: if a tree falls in the forest with no one around to hear, does it make a sound? Well, the Tampa Bay Rays may be asking themselves a similar question: if you win a game at home with no one around to see, did it really happen?
The Rays won their fourth consecutive game the other night, which is great – except that they did it in front of the smallest crowd at home in their 22-year history, with only 5,786 fans in the stands.
You may think that the Rays’ poor attendance (the 2nd worst in the league this year, behind the Marlins) is related to poor performance, but they actually have the fourth-best record in baseball and are only one game behind New York for the lead in the American League East. So what’s up?
Honestly, no one really knows. The team at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg did eliminate some seats this weekend to create a more “intimate, entertaining and appealing,” but there are certainly more then 6,000 seats. [Via ABC Action News]
Godzilla: King of the Monsters
Another existential question: is it enough to win the box office if you limp over the finish line? That’s the question Warner Bros. and Legendary are asking themselves after the first weekend for Godzilla: King of the Monsters.
The third installment in Legendary’s MonsterVerse, Godzilla: King of the Monsters made far less money than it’s predecessors in its first weekend, only taking in $49 million dollars in the U.S., compared with 2014’s Godzilla at $93 million and 2017’s Kong: Skull Island at $61 million. The problem is that this edition cost $200 million to make.
It’s hoped that the film will make more money overseas, but still…that’s a lot of ground to make up to break even. [Via Variety]