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What a game. Green Bay completes a Hail Mary pass. Rodgers to Rodgers. Packers 27, Detroit 23.

Whew.

During the post game press conference Aaron Rodgers had this to say: “You live for those moments.”

I couldn’t agree more.

Sports aren’t just a hobby of mine. My parents were raised as lifelong Packers fans. Most of my aunts and uncles and brothers and sisters are Packers fans. But it’s not just something we watch and talk about. It’s so much more.

Sports give my family something in common, regardless of age and sex. Sports can give you all of life’s emotions: Happiness, sadness, anger, frustration, humor and everything in between.

Tonight, was one of my best sports memories I’ll ever have. Tonight, for a moment, sports proved how, if only for a moment, it can pull you in; how, no matter what else is going on in your life, for a moment, you can be part of a shared experience; how after the simple act of throwing and catching a ball can make you forget anything that’s troubling you.

Tonight, the Packers provided me with one of most exciting, special sports moments I’ll ever have.

Tonight, I had one of those moments you live for.

 

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“The Expendables 3” already added Wesley Snipes, Nicolas Cage, Jackie Chan and Milla Jovovich. Now Sylvester Stallone said that Mel Gibson is close to joining the film to play the villain. Presumably he’d join previous cast members  Bruce Willis, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Mickey Rourke, Terry Crews, Jason Statham and Jet Li.

Lukas Eggen can be reached at eggen.lukas@gmail.com.

My goodness. This is starting to sound like “Sin City: A Dame to Kill For”. Alan Cumming will be back as Nightcrawler in “X-Men: Days of Future Past”. If you’re keeping track, only James Marsden (Cyclops) and Famke Janssen (Jean Grey) are not coming back at this point, though that may change. Directed by Bryan Singer, the film stars Jennifer Lawerence, Michael Fassbender, Nicholas Hoult and James McAvoy from “X-Men: First Class” and Ian McKellen, Patrick Stewart, Halle Berry, Ellen Page, Anna Paquin, Shawn Ashmore and Hugh Jackman from the original X-Men films. 

Lukas Eggen can be reached at eggen.lukas@gmail.com.

I usually don’t touch this kind of material, but since we’re inching closer to when Apple usually holds a keynote, these rumors do bear some attention. Reports are that an iPhone 5S is coming this August as well as an iPad 5, with many reports pointing to an April release date. That would be incredibly fast, since iPad 4 came out last fall. No word on the iPad Mini 2, but one should expect it to have a faster processor and the retina display. Like with the 4S, the 5S is expected to have incremental updates, buying time until the iPhone 6 comes out.

Lukas Eggen can be reached at eggen.lukas@gmail.com.

We don’t know much about the script. But “Anchorman: The Legend Continues”, which sees the return of Ron Bergundy, added another cast member. Harrison Ford is set to play a Tom Brokaw like character in the anticipated sequel. He joins Will Ferrell, Steve Carell, Paul Rudd, David Koechner, Christina Applegate James Marsden, Meagan Good, John C. Reilly, Kristen Wiig and Dylan Baker in the anticipated sequel from director Adam McKay. At this point, if this film is anything short of a classic, it’ll be a massive disappointment.

Lukas Eggen can be reached at eggen.lukas@gmail.com.

No, at least not at this point, Eddie Brock isn’t in Marc Webb’s “The Amazing Spider-Man 2”. But could Venom be coming anyways? Webb recently tweeted a photo of a locker, which you can see here. It looks an awful lot like the one that, in the Ultimate universe, Peter Parker and Eddie Brock are childhood friends and whose fathers were scientists together. They discover the symbiote that will become Venom in a locker.

Wait a second. Harry Osborn in the film is described as being an old friend. Obviously, Parker’s dad worked for Oscorp, meaning they could have been scientists together…is Harry taking over the Venom mantle for the movies? Of course Electro and Rhino have already been confirmed, so could this just be another step in setting up the Sinister Six?

I suppose it’ll be a while until we find out, but the film stars Andrew Garfield, Emma Stone, Jamie Foxx, Paul Giamatti, Dane DeHaan, Shailene Woodley and Sally Field.

Lukas Eggen can be reached at eggen.lukas@gmail.com.

Back when I was younger, Lance Armstrong was THE athlete. He was bigger than Brett Favre and that’s coming from a family of life-long Packers fans. Armstrong was the shining example of the never give up attitude. He was the ultimate comeback story. Obviously, we know that was a lie. But I wasn’t angry. In fact, for the paper I wrote for, I had this to say (this was back when the report first came out):

With the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency’s report on Lance Armstrong, it seems pretty clear now that Armstrong was one of the biggest frauds in sports history. The testimonies, the evidence, it all seemed stacked against him. Then, Armstrong quit, refued to admit guilt, but refused to fight the chargers too.

It wasn’t a surprise. We could all see the end coming and the sharks circling. And yet, I wanted so badly to believe Armstrong.

This is an age where we’ve seen so many sports titans fall. Tiger Woods with his scandal, the steroid outbreak in baseball, NBA stars turning into whiny annoying pre madonnas. And then there was Lance. The inspiration to millions. The ultimate American comeback story. The one athlete that had been tested over and over again, the one athlete that showed us all success was possible no matter what we were facing. Growing up as a child during Lance’s Tour De France wins, I was in awe of this man. This man who overcame so much. This man that made me motivated to work harder, to give a little more, to face whatever challenges I was facing.

As the evidence piled up against him, I desperately hoped he was telling the truth, that just one sports titan could remain unscathed, and was above all the crap that was going on in the sports world. I wanted to know that the one true sports hero we had was just that, a hero, that he could be the legend we tell our grandchildren about.

Now, I’m not left with anger, or resentment. I’m disappointed. I’m disappointed that, aside from Michael Jordan, the last great sports figure of my time, the man who inspired millions and showed the American spirit, was a fraud.

I’m disappointed that so many people believed in him when he was just another cheat abusing the system. I’m disappointed that the former sports icon that I looked up to, that I tried to, in part, model the way I lived after, adopting that never give up and always keep pushing ahead attitude, was all just a ruse.

The release of the USADA’s report marked a sad day for me. It was the day the last great, inspirational and transcendent sports icon of my generation was exposed. I don’t think I’ll ever feel the same way about an athlete as I did growing up watching Lance. After this report, I’m not so sure I want to anyways.

Now, after his confession with Oprah, I have this to say. Lance is still trying to shape his narrative. And it’s pathetic. Lance you are not the victim here. Just because “everyone was doing it” doesn’t excuse what you did. It makes you weak for not standing up and doing the right thing. Confessing now after you have sought to destroy anyone who accused you of lying doesn’t mean you’re truly sorry. In fact, the timing of your confession is suspicious at best. You’re not sorry. If you were, you would have come clean. You’re simply a cheater who found himself cornered. You’re worse than any baseball player who took steroids and lied about it. You’re worse than any football player who has gotten in trouble with the law. You’re the worst kind of liar. The one who not only tried to keep up your narrative, but tried to burn down anyone who was looking to tell the truth. I used to think you were a shining example of how to live my life. Now, you’re an example of a man I hope I never become.

Lukas Eggen can be reached at eggen.lukas@gmail.com.

Here’s the newest trailer for “Spring Breakers”.

The film stars James Franco, Vanessa Hudgens, Selena Gomez, Ashley Benson and Rachel Korine.

Lukas Eggen can be reached at eggen.lukas@gmail.com.

New trailer for “42”

On the heels of a featurette released earlier this week, here’s the second trailer for “42” starring Chadwick Boseman and Harrison Ford.

The film is about Jackie Robinson and also stars Christopher Meloni, Jon Bernthal, Alan Tudyk and John C. McGinley.

Lukas Eggen can be reached at eggen.lukas@gmail.com.

 

Featurette on “42”

Here’s a featurette on the upcoming film “42” starring Chadwick Boseman and Harrison Ford.

The film is about Jackie Robinson and comes out this April. Looks like one to check out!

Lukas Eggen can be reached at eggen.lukas@gmail.com.