The ‘Concussion’ movie doesn’t even look that good

You can’t really judge a movie’s potential solely on the trailer. But then again, the trailer is supposed to display the movie’s best scenes and what it has to offer.

I am sure this movie could be great and I hope it isn’t just an NFL-bashing film. But something about this trailer doesn’t really capture me. I still will plan to see it but for a very first impression, I’m not that impressed.

My top 5 choices for the Super Bowl 50 halftime show

The NFL has not officially announced the act for Super Bowl 50. The halftime show is a very important part of the Super Bowl experience and even though we’ve had some hits (Beyonce) and misses (Black Eyed Peas) in recent years, I would like to think that for this 50th Super Bowl, the league would find an artist perfect for the occasion.

There is speculation that Carrie Underwood might be the best option and I don’t mind her at all. But her music isn’t my style. In fact, I think there are better options out there. Here are my choices (in no particular order) of who I would like to see perform at the Super Bowl.

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Would a return of an NFL team to Los Angeles really work?

The more I hear about a football coming back to Los Angeles, the more skeptical I get. It’s been over two decades since Los Angeles had a team. In fact, they had two teams. But they have been trying so hard to get one back since losing the Rams and Raiders. And not surprisingly, those are the two teams (along with the Chargers) that appear to be candidates for a move to Los Angeles.

One problem I have always wondered was where they would play. You can’t get the team to play at the Coliseum again, so you have to build a new stadium. Can they get the land and voter approval? What about finances?

There are a lot of things that go into securing a location for a new team. There is a proposal going on tomorrow and the new stadium looks very advanced. Of course, these are ideas for now and I doubt we will see a team in Los Angeles at least for a few years. With cities trying to retain their team, this ongoing battle will go on for a while I believe. Los Angeles is a great big city but has failed in keeping two teams. They might have a better chance at doing it this time, but will everything align for them to even be in serious contention to get a team?

Hoping for hope for Aldon Smith as he tries to get things together

I remember seeing Aldon Smith for the first time. It was at his introductory press conference and he was meeting the Bay Area media for the first time. Some people didn’t think that Smith was the right pick for the 49ers and so there was a curiosity to what Smith would bring to the team. Smith, with all his physical skills, ended up being a very solid pick by the 49ers. In the very short time in the league, he established himself as one of the best pass rushers in the game.

The 49ers were proud of Smith and the fact that, in a way, proved doubters wrong. They wanted the best for Smith. They wanted Smith to be a great success story.

They held onto Aldon after his first off-field incident. Then the second. Then the third. Even through last year’s ordeal, they kept holding on to him. They could have handled it differently, but the message was clear: the 49ers were not giving up on him. Sure, there was a lot of emotional attachments and some selfishness in it — but the 49ers did not want to lose Smith. It seemed like he was turning the page and getting things right. But it wasn’t to be. Finally after the fifth strike, he was out.

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The 49ers’ black end zones are not to my liking

Via the 49ers’ Instagram.Over the weekend, the 49ers have been going to Levi’s Stadium for practices and one of the newest additions to the stadium are the black end zones.

This comes after the 49ers revealed in the spring that they are adding an all-black uniform set. This is clearly a marketing ploy and in order to make it work, they are making the end zones black for the first time ever.

The 49ers as a team has never heavily emphasized black. For their entire history, it’s been reserved as the trim to their logo or simply used as dropshadows for the numbres on the uniform. That’s really it. But now that they’ve made black a part of their identity as an alternate, we have this. I personally think that this idea works for a team starting fresh. But for a team with so much history, forcing black into the identity is too much.

Discover: Hall of Fame Monday Edition

Samuel:

My blog post on the Baseball Hall of Fame induction ceremony is featured on the MLB.com blog.

Originally posted on MLB.com Blogs:

Craig Biggio,John Smoltz,Randy Johnson,Pedro Martinez

The Baseball Hall of Fame’s Class of 2015 was inducted on Sunday, and INSANE SPORTS posted a reaction.

Another Girl with a Sports Blog shared her thoughts on the inductions and what they mean.

Fan Samuel Lam made the trek to Cooperstown and blogs about the experience over at But at the end of the day…

Chris Palmquist saw the enshrinement of some of the biggest names in baseball from his youth as a farewell to his childhood.

MLB.com’s Tracy Ringolsby writes about Craig Biggio’s Mile High opportunity in his Write ’em Cowboy blog.

Dan Hughes explores John Smoltz’s sudden 1991 transformation into a Hall of Fame pitcher at Baseball Magazine.

Boston fan Bill Zeoli hailed Pedro Martinez as the best pitcher he’s ever seen, and he’s not alone in that belief.

The Yankees might not be the first team you think of when you hear Randy Johnson’s name, but The…

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Day 2 of my trip to Cooperstown for the Baseball Hall of Fame induction ceremony

The problem with having a clueless millennial help you take a photo is that it’s not straight and it’s vertical. Oh well.

Sunday was the whole reason why I made this trip out to Cooperstown. It was time for the induction ceremony for four players from my generation. I was so excited to make it out there but I was also running on empty in terms of sleep. It took me an hour to get to my lodging area and because the doors to the museum opened up at 7AM for Hall of Fame members (that’s me) I woke up at 5AM to prepare my checkout and drive to the Hall. But one benefit of that was that the parking was easy to find (and free) in the area right next to the Hall.

It rained a little that morning but that wasn’t going to deter me. In fact, I just powered through the rain and made it to the Hall. It has’t changed much since the last time I was here in 2008, but they did have a few new things. One was the removal of the wall of balls from all the no-hitters. The new Hank Aaron exhibit was great. It even included the actual uniform he wore when he broke Babe Ruth’s home run record.

There are so many things to see in the museum. The first floor features some cool artifacts from each of the new inductees but the highlight is still the hall of plaques. I didn’t get a chance to walk and look through all of them since I did that the last time I was here. But I did focus a little on some of the plaques that have been put up since 2008. It was an amazing experience just to see these plaques and walk through the halls of legends.

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