Tuesday, October 19, 2010

NFL Updates: Big Ben Bounces Back, Dallas' Despair and Close Clinchers

PITTSBURGH - DECEMBER 07:  Ben Roethlisberger ...Image by Getty Images via @daylife
Six weeks into the 2010-2011 season, the NFL's big story is on the Pittsburgh Steelers (yay Steelers!) with the return of their starting quarterback Ben Roethlisberger off a 4-game suspension. Big Ben threw 16/27 for 257 yards and while he was intercepted once, he made 3 touchdown passes throwing off doubts that the top-rated QB is in game-ready form.

On that same game, the Cleveland Browns debuted rookie QB Colt McCoy who fared quite well with a 23/33 completions passing for 281 yards. If not for the 2 interceptions and 4 sacks, the Heisman nominee may have had a grander welcome to the NFL. The Steelers won 28-10.

Also in week 6, America's team the Dallas Cowboys is down in the doldrums at 1 win and 4 losses. Analysts are pointing out that the Cowboys are making too many unnecessary mistakes, suffering penalties that sets them back and puts their opponents at an advantage. Last week the Cowboys lost with a heart-breaking 21-24 versus good 'ol Brett Favre and the Minnesota Vikings. Two weeks in a row, the Cowboys were called for excessive celebrations. Last Sunday, they had 11 penalties and lost 91 yards in the process. Dallas needs to show disciplined football and stop beating themselves if they want to get back in their winning ways.

Speaking of heart-breaking losses, games determined by a single field goal is getting very common in the NFL these days. Six matches saw the winning team getting only a 3-point edge most notably the overtime win of the New England Patriots over the Baltimore Ravens courtesy of Stephen Gostkowski's winning field goal. Watch this and other stories below.

Which team do you think will make it all the way to the AFC and NFC championships?

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Friday, October 8, 2010

Voice of Kid's Cartoon "Dora The Explorer" Sues Viacom

From left to right: Swiper (in background), Do...Image via Wikipedia
The voice behind Nickelodeon's bilingual cartoon heroine "Dora The Explorer" filed a lawsuit against the cable channel and parent media company Viacom for allegedly cheating her out of millions of promised revenue from residuals and merchandising. Kaitlin Sanchez, who lent her voice to the famed pre-school character since 2007, recently lost the role owing to the teen's changed voice according to a statement from Nickelodeon.

"We are not suing because they claim her voice changed... She is suing because they paid her nothing for residuals," Sanchez's attorney John Balestriere said. He further stated that Sanchez spent most of her time promoting the brand uncompensated "rather than performing as a paid actress."

The counter from Nickelodeon: "She was well-compensated for her work and for personal appearances."

Prior to landing the role of Dora Marquez in the cartoon series, the voice behind Dora was played by Kathleen Herles. No statement has been made regarding a replacement for Sanchez. It is expected that Viacom will fight the claim and vigorously protect one of its bankable franchises. Read more about the story from the links below.
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