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adamAdam Dulski

I was born and raised in Buffalo New York, but wisely adopted the 49ers as my team at the very smart age of 6. Even though I now live in the Finger Lakes, I maintain my season tickets to the Buffalo Bandits of the National Lacrosse League. Fantasy football and fantasy NASCAR are my two biggest hobbies and I treat them that way. The moment you are not having fun playing fantasy is when you need to stop, because it’s supposed to be fun before anything else.

TWITTER: @adamdulski


damianDamian Mikrut

I never take anything too seriously. I am an avid baseball and hockey fan, but never seem to pick the winners. Worried about the pussification of America and believe we are raising a nation of wimps who believe we owe them something without having to actually earn it. Borderline alcoholic with a huge passion for craft beer and even spend my free time trying to brew the perfect drink myself. I am opinionated on many subjects and I never shy away from sharing my thoughts even if they aren’t part of the popular opinion. I grew up in the shadows of the Hamptons on the island of Long and now live in the birthplace of the chicken wing. I spend six months out the year hibernating from the cold winter weather with my computer while constantly dreaming of warmer days on the beach. Living the working class dream with my wife and two kids, oh and a cat. This is the first time I have put my thoughts to paper, so now you have been warned.

TWITTER: @nyislanders19


cameronCameron Blevins

I’m a 24 year old Radio DJ/Producer in Huntington, Wv. I have the widest musical taste of anyone I’ve ever known. I can go from Sinatra to Slayer, Alan Jackson to Jackson Browne, Steve Miller to Steve Earl and literally everything in between. I fancy myself a modern Gentleman with tastes in fine cigars, aged whiskey, my personal library and my vinyl collection. I also, obviously, love to write. I have short fiction that’s been published in the Blue Monday Review and I write a restaurant review blog at tristate-eats.blogspot.com. With talents in A/V editing, DJing, Writing and much more- I’m a self proclaimed future Media Mogul. Enjoy my rantings.

TWITTER: @CamOnAir


hughHugh Hamilton

Hey! My name is Hugh and apart from writing for Stuff Dudes Like, I’m a backpacker, vagabond, and travel blogger at risingroads.com. I originally hail from County Down in Northern Ireland. I left home in 2003 and have been traveling off and on ever since. Although I’ve been to many countries, I’m not what you might call a ‘country-counter’: I prefer to take things slow and immerse myself in the local culture. I offer travel tips and advice, but my main focus is telling funny stories and relating experiences. In the finest tradition of Irish storytellers, I may be prone to exaggeration.

TWITTER: @therisingroads


mattMatt Mollett

YO! Everyones favorite werewolf from the heart land here, Matt Mollett AKA the Wolfking. Im 33 years old and I have been writing short stories my whole life, or at least the parts I could lol. I have been a welder for the biggest part of my life. I have a very this is my opinion and i don’t care if you like it attitude. I have a love of underground hip hop, movies, the supernatural,and self defense. Plus many other things that we will talk about later. So for now i bid you farewell.

TWITTER: @therealwolfking


dakotaDakota Wheatley

yo i make people laugh

TWITTER: @dakotawheatley


liseetLiseet Mata

My name is Liseet Mata and I’m from Venezuela. I love writing. I just published my first book and I’m writing the second. I also write daily on my website. The first time I typed a word onto a computer, I experience a feeling of wellbeing. It was as if the puzzle piece that had been missing all my life, had finally been found. Create your own destiny.

TWITTER: @Liseetmata


katKathryn Morris

​I’m Kat, I’m 20 and from the UK. I love writing stories, reading and playing guitar. I have also created a website called The Bailey Helpline, designed to offer support and advice on anything. I’m currently an English Language and Literature student at the Open University and I enjoy writing blog posts that help, educate, or at least comfort others.

TWITTER: @katmorris20


ron2Ron George

My name is Ron George, and I am a lifelong nerd. I grew up with comic books and pretty much anything related to Star Wars. I’m damn proud of my nerdy background, because I feel like it gives me a unique perspective on life and the world. Don’t get me wrong, I’m not a virgin living in my parents’ basement. I love a good, dark beer; a well-aged scotch, and a fine cigar. I’m a hockey fan (Go Pens!). I’m an aspiring novelist and hope to have my first book published by the end of 2015.

Feel free to follow me on Twitter or to check out my blog!

TWITTER: @ronsense64


morganMorgan Alexander Kosinski

When I was in the 4th grade, we were all forced to stand in the front of the class and tell everyone what we did that summer. I got so nervous, I farted half way through my report and started crying. That’s kinda how I feel trying to write this bio…So I’ll just say this. I super promise I know what I’m talking about. #Truth

I’m also the Social Media Director at Patrick Henry Creative Promotions @TEAMPHCP. Follow us on Twitter, FB and Instagram and change your life. Cheers!

TWITTER: @TEAMPHCP


2girlsStorm & Lasuzaca

We are Storm & Lasuzaca! We are here on Stuff Dudes Like to share our adventures in travel, music, food, and more. We live in Sarasota, FL and love exploring… from mangrove tunnels and islands off the coast in our kayak, to biking trails and visiting camping sites, to underwater adventures swimming with manatee, and more. We both love soccer and play recreationally on a team most of the year. A few of our favorite teams are USA, Brazil, Barcelona, Spain, Netherlands, and our local favorite the Tampa Bay Rowdies! We love living life to the fullest, taking it one day at a time. We look forward to sharing our adventures with you! Follow us on Instagram and Twitter – @stormnlasuzaca

TWITTER: @stormnlasuzaca


chrisbovaChris Bova

I am a stay at home brew dad by trade. Four kids and a wife leaves little time for a myriad of activities so I chose one that would best fill I the down time. Brewing beer! I’ve been brewing beer for three years now and just recently began writing a blog about the experience. I’m looking forward to sharing my knowledge with the SDL readers.

TWITTER: @cebova


drjDr. James J Frey

Dr. Frey lives in Lutz, Florida with his wife and best friend, Brandie. Their three children have visited more countries than many Americans have visited States, and their open-minded curiosity is the source of great pride and laughter for the Freys. Jim enlisted in the Army National Guard at 17 while still in high school in Fairfax, VA, then went into the Navy where he served four years as an enlisted Aviation Electrician making multiple deployments on several aircraft carriers. At the end of his enlistment he went to college and upon graduation worked for the Japanese Embassy teaching English at a very rural high school in Miyakonojo, Japan. Granted an age waiver, he re-entered the Navy from Japan, attended Officer Candidate School in Pensacola, FL, then went through Fixed- and Rotary-Wing Flight School in Whiting Field (next to Pensacola), followed by MH-60S Knighthawk helicopter training in San Diego, CA. Jim served as a Naval Helicopter Pilot for 12 years. In his spare time, he earned two Master’s Degrees (Philosophy and Psychology) and a PhD in Industrial and Organizational Psychology. Jim is the recipient of over 37 personal and unit awards/citations from the U.S. Army, U.S. Air Force, U.S. Navy, U.S. Coast Guard, and United States Marine Corps, including the Bronze Star.

TWITTER: @jamesjfrey


erikErik Steckis

My name is Erik Steckis. I have many leather-bound books and my apartment smells of rich mahogany. I was born and bred on Long Island, went to college at Bryant University (Go Bulldogs!) and I’m now married, living in CT, working as an Auditor and I just finished my Masters of Science in Accounting from the University of Connecticut (Go Huskies!). I’m a huge sports fan. The teams I support (in no particular order): Yankees, Rangers, Manchester City, New York City FC, Knicks, and those J-E-T-S JETS JETS JETS! I’m always happy to have a spirited conversation with anyone that agrees or disagrees with those choices. I also love video games and you’ll often find me in my man-cave on my PS4 (my PSN ID is DXFlounder if you want to add me). One of my biggest passions is professional wrestling. I’ve been a fan for 20+ years through the ups, downs and everything in between and I’m excited to tell you all about it. I can also quote The Simpsons and Seinfeld like nobody’s business. I’ll be looking to bring the funny to Stuff Dudes Like, so thanks for stopping by San Diego (but mainly, stay classy).

TWITTER: @ESteckis


trishTrish C.

Hi, I’m Trish. I’m super excited to be writing for Stuff Dudes Like. So a few things about me. I love travel, music, and writing and incorporate all three in my concert blog, traveltomusic.net. I especially like taking really short trips to far away places. I’m from Canada so I like hockey and beer and being polite but I now live in Northern California so I also like wine and saying “rad.” And trees… totally love trees.

TWITTER: @imtrishpie


MatashaMatasha Lee

Hi, my name is Matasha. I was born on the dusty road of 34 at the local hospital in Terrell, Tx. Many emerging artists and dreamers have grown from this very land, most famous is Jamie Foxx. My desire through writing, fashion, and music is to chase my dream just like he did and go off to developing a new name for myself, but right now I am a struggling writer who just received a job since 2010 by the grace of God. I love writing and it is one of my passions. I have two rooting fans that will stay in my audience if I ever get booed off the stage of life, my son and daughter, Amelia and Sean. They are Mommy’s heart beat. I have a blog that is growing from the soils of the earth like my story: The Beauty of my story. I have a ton of content on my blog that will help the fellow reader to walk a mile in my shoes while learning their own shoe size. I am a daughter, a sister, older and younger, an auntie, girlfriend but most of all, myself. Follow my story thebeautyofmystory.blogspot.com. Make sure you share my articles. Thank you!

TWITTER: @thebeautyofmyst


fabianFabian Malone

Hi my name is Fabian Malone. I’m from the Washington DC area. Iam a cocktail craftsman, Bar consultant & Magicians apprentice! I believe that the cocktails we drink should be made with quality spirits and the freshest ingredients. I don’t believe in artificially flavored spirits. I pay homage to classic craft cocktails as well as creating new cocktails for today. Craft cocktails taste best when made with passion and excitement. But above all else — a craft cocktail must be fun to drink! Capital’s, Celtic’s, Redskins, Oriole’s, & Nat’s DC United. #RoninBartender

TWITTER: @RoninBartender


ZenaeZenae Zukowski

Fellow dudes and dudettes, I am Zenae Zukowski and I wear many glorious hats. Not only do I write for Stuffdudeslike, but music has consumed me and I write for Crypticrock and I’m building my own Music Publication. You should call me a creative being and know that I love to passionately get my hands dirty with writing screenplays, articles, stories, and poetry. I have been in the Broadcast/Media industry for ten years now, specializing in Post Production and Distribution. The journey doesn’t stop there, I also do photo retouching, event photography and Project Management. Phew! Why wonder I am tired! My earthly self loves animals, traveling, and you’re favorite, vegetarianism. If you like my humor and quirky mind, feel free to follow me on Twitter or like me on Facebook.

TWITTER: @Zenaefilmz


peterPeter Greenwood

Peter Greenwood is a writer and broadcaster from Scotland, with an unnaturally unhealthy obsession with US late night TV. He likes comics, video games and various other things of which he can talk about at length. Whether you want him to or not.

TWITTER: @Gappits


coupeJoe “Coupe” Ricupero

Hi, my name is Joe Ricupero but I go by Coupe. I’m a 17 year old junior in High School. I grew up in Brooklyn until recently moving to Long Island. I’m an avid sports fan and a fan of the New York Rangers, New York Giants, Pittsburgh Steelers and New York Yankees. I aspire to one day be a broadcaster, a dream of mine since I was a kid and this is the first step of many in my road to something big.

TWITTER: @coupeNYR


anthonyAnthony Pepe

Anthony F. Pepe is a poet, a painter, a power-lifting music producer, pugilist, playwright, part time philosopher, book-binder, baker, bodyguard web-builder. A spoken-word soothsaying security expert, sketch artist, sculptor. A domestic violence awareness activist and a mixologist, martial artist mechanic.

TWITTER: @AnthonyMFPepe


jrJuan Reyes

I am a US Army Veteran, part-time graphic designer, part-time photographer. My journey into the world of photography began as a graphic designer and photo retoucher/enhancer many years ago in Puerto Rico. I did graphic design for photographers for almost twenty years and worked hand to hand with many model agencies and hired and/or freelance photographers. Now I own a small home photo studio in Clermont, Florida. My main goal is to help talented aspiring models get their names out. Why am I here on Stuff Dudes Like? To bring you photos of models and interviews about who they are, where they’ve been, and their dreams and plans for the future. You know: Stuff Dudes Like!!!

TWITTER: @jrrcphotography


jennyJenny Ainslie-Turner

Undoubtedly, a sex chat girl of too many years and yet, I still can’t get enough of it. It is so diverse and at the same time so entertaining I never tire of it. I have even written a book on my life as a sex chat girl, ‘How to Talk Dirty – A Hands on Guide to Phone Sex’. I have been training girls in the art of talking dirty for the past 3 years and have even starred in my own TV documentary, ‘My Phone Sex Secrets’.
Since which, I have been interviewed on a popular daytime TV show, done several Radio interviews and at one time had a regular guest spot on Fubar radio. An uncensored, internet station on which the first week I talked about buggering the male presenter.

I have done countless magazine interviews including, Mayfair and Escort’s men’s mags. I have even been part of a relationship advice panel for a large UK newspaper. Also, have written articles for Rude Magazine, a female based online mag.

I have since written a second book, a fiction novel about auto-erotic asphyxiation and based around the life of a sex chat girl who is taken over by the alter ego she created to take the more bizarre and depraved sex chat. Entitled, Will You be My Fantasy? Some say it should have been called, ‘Death by Pussy!’ Well, it’s what you guys crave the most.

I have been married twice, worn them out. Now single, free and able to just explore. And, because of this I have started a new adventure. It’s taking recorded stories into the 21st century, phone sex downloads. I call them iwanks, a bit like itunes only much dirtier. You can download a very naughty sex chat, recorded by me on to your mobile and use me whenever those spunk filled balls need emptying!

TWITTER: @iwank4u2


TOMTom Romero

Tom Romero is an actor, musician, reluctant producer, long suffering husband, and occasional storm chaser. He’s acted with Dennis Quaid, opened for Pine Top Perkins, and has witnessed over 30 tornadoes. He dreams of free beer, desert islands, and a broadway show. He writes for no audience at The Uncommon Man blog. theuncommonman.nyc

TWITTER: @TomRomero2


naiaQuincy Bailey

A 40 year old father of one just trying to guide my little man down a better and less bumpy path than his old man. I consider myself a college football know it all. I’m the equivalent of a hipster football fan. “My favorite player, you’ve never heard of him”. Grew up on a farm and was able to subsidize my education through football and yes the college I played at you’ve never heard of. I wasn’t what you would call a Division One talent. Actually played for Rich Rodriquez for a short period of time in the spread before it had a name. Grew up in West Virginia and Ohio, yet remain an avid fan and supporter of WVU.

Money Quote:
“When you tell somebody somethin’, it depends on what part of the country you’re standin’ in… as to just how dumb you are.” – Bo Darville – AKA The Bandit

TWITTER: @southwvboy


brettBrett Martzke

Brett Martzke is a TV sports veteran. Over the past 20 years he has worked at the Golf Channel, CNN Sports, Fox Sports Net, TVG and NBC Sports. You name the sports event, he has covered it. As an avid sports lover he was even crazy enough to follow a lifelong dream and open up a Sports Bar. Once that dream started to turn into a nightmare, Brett realized writing about and covering sports events was better than working in a kitchen, taking orders at a register and hoping to catch a glance at a TV while running Buffalo wings out to a table. Brett’s big sports achievement is that he is the self-proclaimed carnival basketball shooting champion. If there is a big stuffed animal on the line, Brett will win it.

TWITTER: @brettmartzke


ericpEric Peinhaupt

My name is Eric Peinhaupt, I’m 23 and raised in Alberta,Canada at the foot of the Rocky Mountains. I do everything from fly fishing to building cars. I’m all about getting out there and experiencing life! Aspiring writer and BBQ pit master. I’m also the owner of European Auto Union, a car enthusiast page on Instagram. (@europeanautounion) I love a tall glass of craft beer, and all things BBQ. If you’re into cooking, drinking and outdoor life, my articles and photographs will not disappoint!

TWITTER: @ericpeinhaupt


ajA.J. DeMello

A.J. DeMello is a stand-up comedian/actor located in California. An avid sports fan, he’s written for sites such as Bleacher Report & Thoughts From The Dark Side, but will be given the freedom here to mix in the funny – no matter how unflattering he may seem to the average dummy. Born & raised in the Bay Area, he doesn’t pull any punches; having developed a sense of humor one might describe as, ‘edgy’. He appears regularly at comedy clubs such as Tommy T’s, Laughs Unlimited, and The World Famous Comedy Store. Peep his blog for upcoming show dates and see if he’ll soon be in your town. If you keep up with his articles, you’ll eventually want to see his act in person rather than not see him at all. Why? As he puts it: “It’s a Good Game of Ball.”

TWITTER: @humorousfiend


jeffhJeff Hillyard

Jeff Hillyard is an aspiring freelance blogger, content writer, and recipe developer specializing in all things BBQ and Grilling.
From true low and slow barbecue, to hot and fast grilling, to even healthy meals there is nothing Jeff does not like to cook on the grill.

TWITTER: @bbqwithjeff


SantanuSantanu Rahman

Santanu Rahman is a Metal guitarist, A Kung-Fu School Owner, a practitioner of Gracie Jiu Jitsu, and a podcaster.

TWITTER: @austinkungfu


timTim Buckley

Hi everyone I’m Tim Buckley, born and bred near to Nottingham in the UK. Currently serving in the Forces and have many deployments under my belt. I love sport and I’m a huge Liverpool FC fan, boxing, UFC, Basketball and any kind of lifting are my passions. My other hobbies are socializing, eating out, travelling and cooking. Writing for Stuff Dudes Like is going to be a good laugh indeed, I will say it how I see it! Looking forward to writing many articles.

TWITTER: @BigBuckersYNWA


martinMartin Phillips

Hey Dudes! I am Martin Phillips. I am a sixth grade teacher by day in Lodi, California, the Zinfandel capital of the world, and a kickass home cook by night. Okay, I am inside my own mind, at least. You can decide for yourself, however, and check out my food blog at inhousecook.blogspot.com and watch for my recipes HERE at StuffDudesLike.com! I have been a sixth grade teacher for fifteen years, so Nothing scares me! I have been a home cook for twelve years and have entered the small in-home catering market this last year. It has been an amazing ride and I cannot wait to share my recipes with you. I am a firm believer that bacon, pork belly, tacos, pizza, pasta and burgers should be food groups. BBQ is Heaven. Need I say more? Okay fine, I am good with the veggies, too! I cook a wide variety of dishes, from Asian Infusion to traditional carne asada and carnitas, to buffalo burgers, to elegant pastas and rustic pizzas. Look me up and give me a shout!

TWITTER: @grnmn1


fernandoFernando Martin

I have been born and raised in the Chicago area all my life. Music is the biggest passion in my life aside from beer, good eateries, movies and even settling down to indulge in a great read once in a while. I also write for the music review website, WeLoveMetal, where I review albums, concerts and conduct interviews with many musicians. Those who know me well know if you want to hit my softspot, you’ll mention animals and pets. I’m also currently going to school for music business hoping to work for the music industry one day soon. I look forward to interacting with the SDL staff and our fans! Hit me up!

TWITTER: @WeLoveMetalFern


nancyNancy Brown Lady Barber

I was born in Berkeley, California before the Summer of Love. When it came I was old enough to know that I lived in a very special place in a very special time. Dang that I was not old enough to attend any of the cool stuff.

We are native Californians for three generations on my mother’s side of the family. Before that, Norway. Dad’s people were Oakies who fled the dust bowl in the ‘30s and ended up in Solano County.

For nearly 20 years I was a law librarian for private law firms in Oakland, California. Quit that in 2006 for the much groovier trade of barbering. Nowadays I groom gentlemen for a living and paint (in oil) Oakland, its people and trees. I also garden and cat whisper when necessary.

TWITTER: @LadyBarberBrown


RomaineRomaine Ayoki Burrell

Romaine Ayoki Burrell is my name. I am student of the world. I am from St. Andrew, Jamaica. Waaah Gwaaan massive? (what’s up world/people?). I love to travel and live like a local. I am a food addict. My biggest goal apart from owning my fortune 500 company(yeah I am ambitious) is to see every country in the world two times over. I write on anything I please, even if its taboo. Looking forward to writing for you all.

TWITTER: @ayokiromaine


brianBrian Kaider

As a patent and trademark attorney, I get to work with a lot of interesting start-up companies and see fascinating new products. Whenever possible, I love to combine my work with the things that I’m passionate about, like craft beer, motorcycles, lacrosse, and woodworking. But, after a day of staring at a computer or talking on the phone, I need to work with my hands. So, you’ll often find me building something in my workshop, making pens, changing the exhaust on my Suzuki Boulevard M109R, growing hops to make my own beer, or cooking up something spicy in the kitchen and never from a recipe. At the end of the day, I’ll grab a nice porter and watch pro football or college lacrosse, where I’m rooting for the Baltimore Ravens or Towson Tigers (or whoever is playing against Johns Hopkins), respectively.

TWITTER: @bkaider


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Expo 2015 Milan: Review

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The first Expo was held in 1851 in London and now 164 years later it is still going strong. This year it’s taking place in Milan, Italy.

This year’s Expo is highlighting the traditional cuisine from 145 countries all over the world. The Expo started on May 1, 2015 and continues all the way until October 31, 2015. Twenty million visitors are expected to visit in that time and I was fortunate enough to be one of them.

I arrived at the front gate around 12:15 local time and to my surprise out of the group of 50+ people I had traveled with, 8 tickets were invalid due to a mistake on the Expo’s side. It took an hour and a half before the 8 people that were stranded outside the gates were able to resolve the issue and get in.

By the time we were in it was around lunch time and that was a complete mess. The Expo is supposed to be focused on encouraging people to try new foods from different places, but there was no easy way for you to sample all of the food from around the world. Some people were so discouraged by the long lines and unfamiliar foods that they settled for a McDonald’s on the Expo grounds.

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I can honestly say that my time at the Expo was not at all enjoyable. It’s hard to enjoy something when you don’t get what you expected. Nobody traveled from New York to have McDonald’s in Milan, but with the way the Expo was run it was almost forced upon us for the simple fact that we knew where our money was going.

If I ever have an opportunity to go to a future Expo i would easily turn it down. Something that was supposed to be an opportunity of a lifetime turned out to be a complete and overpriced disaster.

 

– Joe “Coupe” Ricupero

TWITTER: @coupeNYR

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Up and Coming: Twenty One Pilots

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Since the release of their latest album titled Blurryface on May 17, 2015 the popularity of the music duo called Twenty One Pilots has skyrocketed, but where did this popularity actually come from?

The band was formed in 2009 and was originally a trio of college friends consisting of Tyler Joseph, Nick Thomas and Chris Salih releasing a self released album named after the band itself. By the time they released their second self-released album titled Regional at Best hit stores on July 8, 2011 the band was now a duo with Josh Dun now joining the band as the lead drummer and Tyler Joseph remaining as the band’s front man.

Following the release the band signed a deal with Fueled By Ramen and together released the band’s first studio album titled Vessel on January 8, 2013. The album included several songs originally released on the album that was ultimately pulled from shelves, Regional at Best. With the release of Vessel the popularity of the band grew with a hit song on the radio that summer titled “Holding on to You”. The band is also big on social media and very close to their fans, referring to them as “The Skeleton Clique”.

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Image Credit: Twenty One Pilots

The music from the band is so relatable and makes you feel like the duo are your best friends and that you’ve shared some of the best and worst times of your life with them. They make days where you feel worthless and feel all alone just a little bit better, like that they’re in it with you. For the first time since Green Day I’ve never had a deeper connection with a band. They told me it’s ok to be weird and insecure through their music. Their music is a story of triumph through the darkest days of life. Without the help of Tyler Joseph and Josh Dun I’d still be in the dark and I’d still feel worthless, but i found a band that understood me, that gave me peace of mind and made it a little bit easier to sleep during the hardest time. I advise everyone to give them a listen because you won’t regret it, I know I don’t.

 

– Joe “Coupe” Ricupero

TWITTER: @coupeNYR

Tampa Bay Lightning Ticket Policy

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As the prestigious Stanley Cup is almost ready to be handed out and only two teams remain. One of those teams is the Tampa Bay Lightning. After being swept in round 1 last year the Lightning are enjoying a different run this year and they also implemented a new Ticketmaster policy. The new policy states that only Florida State residents are permitted to purchase tickets for the playoffs and that if you don’t have a Florida billing address your order will be cancelled without notice. The rule also states that fans of the opposing team that happen to be at the game are not permitted to sit in certain sections.

These rules and policies didn’t mean much to me in the first 2 rounds and to be completely honest I didn’t know that it was a real thing until my purchase was declined. The morning conference finals tickets went on sale I was able to get 3 tickets in my cart to see the Rangers play in Tampa for Memorial Day weekend on Friday, May 24 for game 4. When I went to complete my purchase my address was deemed invalid and I did what any teen would do in such situation, I took to twitter. I started by asking my fellow Ranger fans if they encountered the same issues that I faced and for the most part they all had some issues. I then asked the team via twitter why I had an invalid address and they justified it by saying it was team policy. In my eyes, and most Ranger fans, this seems like discrimination based on where I live and the team I choose to root for. It gave Ranger fans a reason to hate the Lightning before the series got underway. Come game 3, the first of 3 in Tampa, Ranger fans found their way into the arena, even in the sections they weren’t permitted in. The presence of the Ranger fans was felt throughout the 3 games with “Let’s Go Rangers” chants occasionally flooding the arena. Tampa fans didn’t like this presence and complained via twitter using pictures of families of Ranger fans enjoying the game in peace causing the Lightning organization to “Alert guest services” as they frequently tweeted in response. After the games it was said by many Ranger fans at the game that they were denied service for food and drinks at stands in the arena, some fans even stated that they were kicked out for celebrating a Rangers goal because Lightning security ruled that they were disturbing the peace.

Events like this and such policies have no place in the NHL and frankly there’s no reason for them.

 

– Joe “Coupe” Ricupero

TWITTER: @coupeNYR

Entourage Review

The long awaited Entourage movie has finally come, but was it worth the wait? I had the opportunity to see the anticipated movie of the summer based on the original HBO television series by the same name.

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The movie kicked off 6 days after the series ended in 2011. A lot has happened in those 6 days. The recently retired super agent Ari Gold is already getting back to work, this time as the studio head at universal. Also in those 6 days the movie star Vincent Chase has already been divorced and is back to his partying womanizing ways. In the opening scene Ari offers his first movie as studio head to Vince, but Vince has a different idea. Vince adds the stipulation that he wants to direct the next movie that he’s in and Ari gives in. The rest of the movie is fast forwarded 8 months and some things have changed. One being the Turtle character, who made a huge profit on a tequila company he bought with Mark Cuban.

The gag the whole movie is how much did Turtle exactly make? When the show ended his stock was worth 4 million and is obviously worth a lot more in the 8 months that pass. E is no longer with Sloan once again, but the two are expecting a baby any day now which makes things awkward for the two in their personal sex lives. Vince’s movie is on its way to being made except tag the needs more money on the project although it’s already way over budget, forcing Ari to use a co-financier in Texas. In order for them to get the money needed to complete the movie the son of the co-financier has to give his approval of the movie. When they get back to LA the son sees an unfinished cut of the movie and has some notes about it. Including cutting out Johnny Drama, the older half brother of Vince, he also suggests getting rid of Vince. This seems to be a problem for Vince and his inaugural film as a director.

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All in all I think the film was fantastic. I enjoyed the 17 celebrate cameos. I also loved the transition from TV to the big screen. I think the movie is a perfect complement to the original series. I also feel that the movie leaves off with a perfect ending that can lead to sequels to come and as we all hope they do. In the end I give the film an 8.5 out of 10.

 

– Joe “Coupe” Ricupero

TWITTER: @coupeNYR

Letterman

As many people know David Letterman called it quits on Wednesday, ending a legendary 33 year career.

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Letterman was great at what he did and although he’s not the best, he’s a solid number two to the one and only Johnny Carson. Over the last few days many people paid their respects to the late night comedy legend with kind words and heartfelt stories. Guys like Jimmy Kimmel and Conan O’Brien told people to watch Dave instead. Kimmel didn’t even air a new episode and at exactly 11:35 O’Brien advised viewers to record his show and tune to CBS for Letterman’s farewell. On Tuesday, Jimmy Kimmel, Jimmy Fallon and Seth Meyers all paid their respect to Letterman with little anecdotes about what he meant to them and comedy in general. Kimmel was almost in tears as he shared how he admired Letterman, showing the crowd a picture of his 18th birthday cake that read “L8 Nite” and his first car with a license plate that also read “L8 Nite” – a reference to Letterman’s first show on NBC.

Fallon shared an excerpt from his 8th grade yearbook where his teacher predicted that he would one day replace Letterman on Late Night which Fallon essentially ended up doing when he succeeded Conan O’Brien on Late Night in 2009. Lastly, Seth Meyers opened up his Late Night, Letterman’s original show, with a remade version of the original opening scene Letterman once called his own.

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Now these guys all did a great job showing how much Letterman meant to television history and many others paid their respects in various ways. This article if my way of showing my gratitude for Letterman.

Now I’m only 17 years old and I know not many kids my age watch Letterman, but I’ve been watching the Late Show with my dad everyday for as long as I could remember. Ever since I knew that I wanted to get into the broadcasting field I’ve wanted to be on Letterman and just have time to sit there and pick his brain. That dream unfortunately will never come for me and for the other kids that hope to someday make it big.

Being on Letterman was basically the goal for anyone with big dreams. Being on Letterman means that you’ve made it big. He was the top of the world. In the last year I’ve scrambled to get tickets for a show just so I could see him live just once in my life. When i finally did score a pair of tickets I was upset to find out people under 18 aren’t permitted to attend – so I never got my moment to even get that close to his iconic set.

Like many others I would like to thank Letterman for all he has done for everyone, he proved no matter what you can make it in the world. He was just a kid from a small town in Indiana and now he’s a television icon.

 

 

– Joe “Coupe” Ricupero

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