During his 15 seasons in the NBA, he’s faced “King James” 14 times, and he’s gotten his ass handed to him every time – until now. In a postgame interview, Al Horford fired shots at doubters and haters, saying “A lot of people doubted us out there… thought we were finished.”
Coming off the much needed win, Horford’s interview was exactly what fans needed.
For Al Horford it was genuine vindication, so it’s understandable that he’d be emotional. Especially considering that this hard-fought victory follows that brutal franchise record-setting loss in Game 2. Lebron and company beat the Celtics by a humiliating 44 points, so it must have been huge for him to avenge that “L” by snapping the Cavs’ post-season streak with his own first personal win over LBJ in the playoffs.
Check out the entire interview below:
What do you think? Was Horford’s post-game interview “too much” or was it just “ruthless aggression?”
Today marks 14 years since the untimely passing of Latino wrestling icon Eddie Guerrero. Many fans can remember the exact moment when they heard the news that the 38-year-old wrestler was found unconscious in his hotel room. It was untimely and it came out of nowhere.
For me, it was the first huge celebrity death I could recall that emotionally affected me. I was just 10 years old at the time but it felt like I lost a family member that I never met. Guerrero was one of the few wrestlers that embraced his background and spoke Spanish in the ring. He turned stereotypical Latino gimmicks like his ‘Lie Cheat & Steal’ persona into his own. More than a decade after his death, his legacy shines brighter than ever and is an icon not only in the world of wrestling but for Latinos.
Eddie Guerrero passed away on November 13, 2005. It was a day many wrestling fans can remember as an end of an era for a star that left way too early.
To understand the importance of Eddie Guerrero you must start with his humble beginnings as a young wrestler. As part of the legendary Guerrero wrestling family, Eddie followed in the footsteps of his brothers and father and went to Mexico to wrestle. After a few years in the indie wrestling scene, Eddie would make his way through New Japan Pro Wrestling ( NJPW), Extreme Championship Wrestling (ECW) and World Championship Wrestling (WCW), wearing multiple championship belts along the way.
It was in WWE that Eddie made that big leap to wrestling stardom. He enjoyed success in the company in the early 2000s but that would come to an end when he was arrested for drunk driving on November 9, 2001. The company would release Guerrero just three days later. He would use this as motivation to make an eventual return to WWE, who rehired him a year after his arrest. This second chance was an opportunity for Eddie to not only prove to himself but to fans that he could live up to his name that for years followed him.
Thanks in part to his unmatched charisma and lovable personality, Eddie quickly became a fan favorite in 2003. Teaming up with his nephew Chavo, they formed the tag team Los Guerreros and became a force in the company. The duo embraced common Latino cliches and produced skits that showcased their unique personalities. Whether it was the “Latino Heat” persona or him coming out to the ring in a shiny low rider, Eddie became a star in just a few years in the company and Latino fans like myself connected to him. Maybe it was that he sounded like us or that he looked like he could have been your uncle. Either way, he was becoming a star right before our eyes.
Eddie reached the pinnacle of his wrestling career on on February 15, 2004 when he defeated Brock Lesnar to become WWE champion.
Eddie became WWE champion by defeating Brock Lesnar in what would become the signature match of his career. It’s a day that stands alone in the world of wrestling and a moment that you can argue stands up there with other Mexican-American sport achievements. It was significant because of how far Eddie had fallen just a few years earlier and how he was a heavy underdog entering the match. While his title reign would only last a few months, Eddie had become a household name and was revered like no other Latino wrestler was in years.
Unfortunately, things would change over the next year for Eddie as his role as a main event wrestler changed. In 2005, Eddie become tag team champions with another rising Latino star in Rey Mysterio and even later feud with him. By the end of the year, his dark past would return. Eddie was found unconscious in his hotel room by his nephew Chavo. When paramedics arrived at the scene, Eddie was already declared dead. It would later be known that he had died due to the result of acute heart failure.
The wrestling world was left with a huge void that many argue is still being felt today. Fans pay tribute every year to the legacy of one of the greatest wrestlers of all time.
At the time of his death, Twitter didn’t exist and the only place where wrestling fans could find out about his passing were blogs. I logged onto WWE.com on that Sunday afternoon to see the words “Eddie Guerrero October 9, 1967 – November 13, 2005.” Like other fans, I couldn’t believe the news that one of the greatest wrestlers in the sport was gone. More importantly, Eddie was one of our own and he represented Latinos every time he took to the ring. That’s why 14 years later the name Eddie is relevant to so many and is celebrated annually.
Many took to Twitter to pay tribute to Eddie and speak about the impact he had on their lives. One person wrote “I am not who I am without you. 14 years and I still remember you like you never left. To the man that gave me purpose, gave me hope – I can never repay you. Rest peacefully, always.”
“I remember Eddie beating Brock Lesnar for the championship belt. One of the happiest moments in my childhood. The day Eddie died, I cried. One thing he always did was represent our heritage and culture. My favorite wrestler of all time. #VivaLaRaza“, another fan wrote.
There is no further proof of the impact that Eddie Guerrero has had on the lives of many people still today. In a day and age where Latino representation is needed more than ever, Eddie represented the best of us. He showed the power of second chances and the ability to resonate with fans who weren’t like him.
He was and will always be a legend in our eyes. Viva La Raza!
As Los Angeles firefighters worked through the night this Tuesday, to squash the blaze that has already burned through 600 acres, at least eight homes, and has caused damage to six, basketball star LeBron James thought of a simple and heart-warming way to help —and it involved hi love of #TacoTuesday and Mexican food.
LeBron James Sent Tacos To Getty Fire First Responders
The Los Angeles Lakers star rented out a taco truck to feed first responders on Tuesday, a gesture that was welcomed by Mayor Eric Garcetti, “Thank you @KingJames, for generously sending a taco truck to support our @LAFD firefighters, first responders, and partner agencies working to fight the #GettyFire,” Garcetti, wrote on Twitter.
The city of Los Angeles is close to James’ heart, and so is Taco Tuesday, his favorite day of the week.
According to the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, on August 15, James’ company LBJ Trademarks filed the application for future potential business ventures, including downloadable videos, podcasts, marketing, blogging and online “entertainment services, namely providing a website featuring non-downloadable videos and social media posts in the field of sports, entertainment, current events and popular culture.”
Unsurprisingly, the U.S. Patent Office didn’t approve of James’ patent request, and his attempt to trademark “Taco Tuesday” was denied because the phrase was already a “commonplace term.”
While the NBA star couldn’t acquire Taco Tuesday for his own personal gain, it was pretty awesome to see James using the term for good.
Mariscos Jalisco confirmed on Instagram that James had indeed rented out their services, and a rep for the Mexican food truck told The Blast the athlete paid $3,000 from his own pocket, to feed about 150 officials on the scene.
“Shout out to @KingJames for generously sending over a taco truck to support our LA firefighters, first responders, and law enforcement folks that have been on the front lines fighting the #GettyFire,” California Governor Gavin Newsom, wrote on Twitter.
Mariscos Jalisco is a famous Boyle Heights Taco Truck.
Though Garcetti didn’t share many details about the food truck, highly-rated Mariscos Jalisco took to Instagram to share the news. The taco truck shared their location as Jackie Robinson Stadium. The Mexican mobile restaurant is actually pretty well-known in the Hollywood circle and have hosted taco parties at John Legend and Chrissy Teigen’s home in the past. After receiving James’ call, the truck got to work and cranked out over 600 tacos for the 150 officials at the scene, and we’re told nobody went hungry.
LeBron and his family were one of many families who were forced to evacuate after the Getty Fire broke out early Monday.
“Man these LA 🔥 aren’t no joke. Had to emergency evacuate my house and I’ve been driving around with my family trying to get rooms. No luck so far! 🤦🏾♂️,” he wrote on Twitter on the harrowing night he was forced to evacuate.
“It’s just challenging at that hour, getting my family, getting my kids, getting everybody and having to evacuate at such a rapid rate,” James said, who after getting an evacuation alert at 1:30 a.m., packed up and found temporary lodgings at around 4 a.m. Monday morning. “You don’t really have much time to think about what you can get, or what you can do,” he said in an interview about the whole experience.
He also tweeted a message of support for the firefighters and police officers racing to the scene.
“My best wishes as well to the first responders⛑ right now doing what they do best! 🙏🏾💪🏾,” he wrote.
In Northern California, firefighters are battling the Kincade fire, the state’s largest active wildfire.
In NorCal,first responders and evacuees in Sonoma County have been receiving hot meals courtesy of chef José Andrés’ non-profit World Central Kitchen, along with chefs Tyler Florence and Guy Fieri. On the menu for Tuesday, the organization tweeted that chef Chris Cosentino has been roasting up some local pumpkins.
The fires ignited as Southern California was facing an extreme fire danger due to strong winds. Red flag warnings were in effect across California.
For the first time ever, an “extreme red flag warning” was in effect in Southern California for much of Los Angeles and Ventura counties. Gusts as high as 80 mph were expected. In Northern California, the massive Kincade Fire has grown to more than 76,000 acres. By Wednesday morning, it was 30% contained and had damaged or destroyed about 200 homes and other buildings. The state’s largest utility, Pacific Gas & Electric, said about 365,000 homes and businesses were without power after the utility cut electricity to some areas to avoid starting new wildfires.
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