October is the month in the NFL calendar where the higher-ups and the organizations go all-in on a sham known as “A Crucial Catch”. You know that shtick where the NFL teams get those special pink gloves, pink towels, even the referees get cute little pink penalty flags and it is supposedly done to raise awareness for Breast Cancer.

There is one fact that gets overlooked by the NFL: October is also Domestic Violence Awareness Month. Definitely a fact you won’t know watching the NFL.

William Gay, a defensive player for the Pittsburgh Steelers, wrote a piece in November of 2015 detailing why he wore cleats that went against the NFL’s uniform policy.

“It’s not that I don’t understand the value of money, and it’s not that I’m trying to stir trouble. When I wore those purple cleats, I was standing for something much larger than a football game. October is Domestic Violence awareness month, and purple is the official color for the cause. When I was 8, I lost my mother. She was shot three times by my stepfather, fatally, before he also killed himself. My mother didn’t know she was in an abusive relationship until it was too late; she didn’t know what domestic violence was, let alone how to get help. Awareness, to me, is everything.” 

Yet he was still fined for wearing purple cleats.

Almost one year later, yet nothing has changed. Recently, Josh Brown (K- New York Giants) was told he would not be traveling with the team to London to play against the Los Angeles Rams. Many people would be in agreement (I would hope) that Josh Brown should have been cut from the team as opposed to just watching the game at home. However, it has surfaced now that Brown admitted to the Giants organization that he abused his now ex-wife…and would you fucking believe that the Giants resigned him? I don’t care how good of a player you are, once you hurt a woman, you are less of a human to me. Josh Brown physically and mentally abused a woman that he has children with. And the NFL has done nothing. He still has his cushy little job, thanks to John Mara. He is facing absolutely no repercussions thanks to Roger Goodell.


It could not really be said that Roger Goodell cares about domestic violence anyways. Let us just take a look at last year after giving Ray Rice a meager two game suspension. During this time the NFL was also trying like hell to put an NFL team in Los Angeles (in which they succeeded), trying like hell to catch Tom Brady on wrong doing (in which they really failed), and they worry about ratings and getting their pink gear out.

Well Jesus Christ, how about the welfare of women of children? People who have actually been put in harm’s way…

Why penalize someone for trying to bring some fucking awareness to the issue? To put it simply: Roger Goodell and the NFL don’t give a shit about domestic violence and bringing awareness because they can’t make money off of it. They cannot sensationalize it enough to get people to do anything about it.

Another October, another Domestic Violence Awareness month will go un-passed to the NFL and they will get into their phony-baloney patriotism with their digital camouflage jerseys and the “Salute to Service”. The NFL is heading in a bad direction and I am not sure that there is a recovery from it. I hope I am wrong. This is simply a spot on the laundry list of problems that the NFL needs to take care of.



Monday October 10, Season 2 of Supergirl premiered on The CW. Originally, Supergirl was on CBS, but difficulties at the network led to CBS not renewing. The show was then picked up by The CW, home of The Flash, Arrow, and DC’s Legends of Tomorrow. This has opened up endless possibilities for the show-runners at The CW to go. But here, for your reading pleasure, is my list of best Superman actors.

Caveats: Tom Welling of Smallville was great, but as he was never actually seen AS Superman, he will not be on this list. In addition, I have not watched George Reeves or Kirk Alyn as Superman so this is not a complete list. That being said, this list is my subjective opinion and by no means a complete list.

Christopher Reeve


More often than not, you can’t get better than the original. For many fans, Reeve is still the standard that DC fans hold Superman two. His films though, were made for a different generation of fans. The Reeve films were made to be campy, more reminiscent of the comics of the 1930s. Looking above, he definitely had the look as well as the personality to bring Clark Kent as well as Superman to life. I can watch the Reeve films and be just as entertained by them as I was the first time I watched them.

Tyler Hoechlin


“The Last Son of Krypton” on the show Supergirl,  Tyler Hoechlin is the better of the more recent iterations of Superman. It isn’t just limited to his ability to play The Man of Steel, it was his other half as well. Clark Kent is just as important to the character of Superman as Kal-El. Hoechlin brings both to life masterfully. There isn’t much I can say after one episode (at the time of writing I have only seen the premiere), but only time will tell in regards to this iteration and I look forward to how this will turn out.

Brandon Routh


An extension of the Christopher Reeve franchise, Brandon Routh took up the mantle in 2005’s Superman Returns. A more modern take on Superman at the time, but Routh still captured the essence of Reeve. Not taking anything away from Hoechlin, but part of me laments that there wasn’t much fun with the multiverse taken. Routh now plays Dr. Ray Palmer, a.k.a. “The Atom” on DC’s Legends of Tomorrow. The CW could have had a little fun with this, having Routh pull double duty in terms of playing Kent as well as Palmer. This would have made for some funny moments in the crossover episodes.

Henry Cavill


The Superman of the DCEU, Henry Cavill has been in Man of Steel and Batman vs. Superman: Dawn of Justice. Let it be said that I think Cavill is great as Superman, but there are two parts to the character: Superman and Clark Kent. Cavill is a terrible Clark Kent. There is absolutely no separation between the two. Clark Kent in these films is literally just “Superman with glasses”. Cavill’s version is meant to be “more realistic”, but especially then I would think Kent here would take extra precautions in order to protect his identity given how dedicated to protecting his secret Jonathan was.

Jack Swagger vs. Baron Corbin (Kick off Show)


This match up was added after this week’s “SmackDown Live”. In this match, I am looking for Baron Corbin to assert dominance. I have been following him quite a bit as of late and I am looking forward to seeing where he will go. Corbin is a future “guy” that is, in terms of being a top heel and putting him against former World Champion Jack Swagger is a good start.

Prediction: Corbin by pinfall

SmackDown Women’s Championship: Becky Lynch (c) vs. Alexa Bliss


WWE Backlash saw Becky Lynch become the inaugural SmackDown Women’s Champion after winning a Six Pack Challenge. This match should at least be compelling. I think Becky and Alexa are both incredible wrestlers and will undoubtedly put on a good match. This feud definitely has potential to be long term, so don’t think Alexa is a one and done challenger. I like the direction they have  gone with Alexa in regards to the Harley Quinn getup and I hope that they will expand on it going forward.

Prediction: Becky Lynch by pinfall

Randy Orton vs. Bray Wyatt


The Apex Predator vs. The New Face of Fear. These titans were supposed to clash at Backlash, but Orton was unable to compete due to injury from an attack by Bray. Consequently, Bray won via countount. The two are set to go again and look for a hugely psychological battle between them. It is a little disappointing that there is no type of added stipulation to this. Hell, No Holds Barred would have been fine. This is another feud that could go on for awhile, but Orton will get a bit more of an edge here.

Prediction: Orton by pinfall

Nikki Bella vs. Carmella


Another big positive about the WWE brand split has been a bit of an expanded focus on women’s wrestling. These Superstars have been given a greater time to shine and develop them further. The feud between Nikki Bella and Carmella has been developing since pre-Backlash, often with Carmella getting the upper hand. The direction of this feud will begin to change, with Nikki getting the win at No Mercy.

Prediction: Nikki Bella by pinfall

Intercontinental Championship (Title vs. Career): The Miz (c) w/ Maryse vs. Dolph Ziggler


The Showoff Dolph Ziggler puts his career on the line to potentially win the Intercontinental Championship. If The Miz has anything to say about it though, the show will stop. I have enjoyed this feud between these two. The Miz and Dolph both are guys who wear their love for the industry on their sleeves. You can see it in everything they do, from The Miz on “Talking Smack” to Dolph in the ring. I think Miz takes this one, but I think Dolph leaving WWE will only be temporary.

Prediction: The Miz by submission

SmackDown Tag Team Championship: Heath Slater & Rhyno (c) vs. The Usos


Rhyno & Heath Slater became tag team champions of (and Heath became a member of) SmackDown at Backlash. This Sunday, they defend their titles against The Usos who have been on a mean streak for a little while now. It was great to see Heath finally get his contract, but I think Rhyno’s time in WWE is coming to a close, with his campaign and all so I think Heath and Rhyno will drop the titles here and find an alternative direction for Heath Slater. The Usos meanwhile will likely feud with American Alpha.

Prediction: The Usos by pinfall

WWE World Championship: AJ Styles (c) vs. Dean Ambrose vs. John Cena


I love yet hate this match at the same time. I love that AJ is coming in the champion. I HATE though that John Cena is in this match. And it has nothing to do with tying Ric Flair’s record. It has everything to do with how contrived it is, just as a lot of Cena’s matches have been. While I have enjoyed the feuding between Styles and Cena, his (Cena’s) being in this match makes absolutely no sense. Although what disappoints me the most about this match as well as the show as a whole: with a name like “No Mercy”, there is only one No-DQ match (this one) and the participants will likely not be allowed to take advantage of it in a way that will make it meaningful.

Prediction: AJ Styles pins John Cena….then BEATS UP JOHN CENA!


There have been many superstars that have been released by World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) recently. Some of them were overdue and others will be missed. Of all them,  there are really only three that I am even remotely upset with.

Wade “Bad News” Barrett

I know this is a cliche in terms of WWE Superstars to say they should have been a multiple time world champion”, but in Wade Barrett’s career he was sorely misused by WWE, going through many different characters and gimmicks, starting off with The Nexus. After this he had sort of a bare knuckle boxing gimmick and that went semi-okay for a bit. He then went into being “Bad News” Barrett having a series of segments behind a podium giving “bad news” to the WWE Universe. There seemed to be a little bit of promise when Barrett won the King of the Ring Tournament; however, this would prove to be for naught as he would join Alberto del Rio, Rusev, and Sheamus in “The League of Nations”. Once this faction broke up, the writing was on the wall for Wade Barrett. I could really see him going to TNA along with Drew Galloway and Ethan Carter III who have been able to reinvent themselves in professional wrestling and have a little more freedom with how they act.

Damien Sandow

Sandow started as a snobbish intellectual who routinely insulted members of the WWE Universe. He went as far as putting off his debut on multiple occasions. Within WWE he was primarily noteworthy as a tag team competitor, joining Cody Rhodes to form Team Rhodes Scholars and later joining The Miz as Damien Mizdow. Part of Sandow’s career is in infamy because he was the first to cash in a Money in the Bank contract and lose, falling prey to The John Cena Effect. Unfortunately, Sandow was not entirely able to recover from this.

Cody Rhodes 

Son of the late Dusty Rhodes and brother of Goldust, he was another example of mismanagement by WWE; however, whatever he was asked to do, he did it. This went as far as donning face paint and a suit like his brother. This went on for some time as Goldust and “Stardust” won the WWE Tag Team Championships. After the titles were dropped though, there was not much sense in having the “Stardust” character, but it remained. Towards the end, he was in pretty pointless feuds, the high point of which was with Stephen Amell at SummerSlam. The match itself was slightly disappointing, but it is what it is. Now that Rhodes has indeed been released, there are a number of possibilities that he could explore: there is TNA or New Japan or he could expand into acting even further. Maybe he could get a guest appearance on “Arrow” Only time will tell.