Clyde E. Dawkins
Born on March 18, 1985. I am an avid fan of sports and wrestling, and I've been a fan of female villains since the age of eight. Also love movies--especially comedy and horror--and among my favorite TV shows are The Simpsons and Family Guy
A Look at the 2011-12 and 2013-14 Los Angeles Kings
When I started getting into hockey at the age of seven, the Los Angeles Kings were the lone local team out here in Southern California. The Kings were part of the "Original Expansion Six"; the six franchises who joined the NHL in 1967 and doubled the size of the league--from six teams to twelve. The Kings joined the league along with the Philadelphia Flyers, the Pittsburgh Penguins, the St. Louis Blues, the Minnesota North Stars, and the defunct Oakland Seals. The team was best known for being the lone American team in the infamous Smythe Division in the 1980s and early 1990s, forming some interesting rivalries with the Alberta teams. 1992-93 saw the Kings (with The Great One himself, Wayne Gretzky) reach the Stanley Cup Final for the first time, and it was an interesting run that saw them face nothing but Canadian teams; defeating the Flames (Smythe Semifinals), Canucks (Smythe Final), and Maple Leafs (Campbell Final), only to be defeated by the Canadiens in the Stanley Cup Final.
NFL Week 10 Recap: Hail to the Commanders
This is my second year writing week-by-week NFL recaps, and I've never started with Monday Night Football. Of course, it's not every Monday that the last unbeaten team loses on that day. The Philadelphia Eagles hosted the Washington Commanders on Monday Night Football, and upon looking at the matchup, a thought entered my mind. The last time Washington faced off against an undefeated Pennsylvania team? Washington won. They defeated the 11-0 Pittsburgh Steelers two years prior, and interestingly, that was a Monday game (due to COVID outbreaks postponing the game). So could this team do it again?
25 Years: A Look at the Nashville Predators
It doesn't seem like 25 years since the Nashville Predators joined the NHL. I remember it like it was yesterday; I was 13 years old and in eighth grade when the Predators joined the league. The expansion/relocation wave during the 1990s and early 2000s was very intriguing. NHL franchises were located in markets that no one ever thought would have hockey in them. Two teams in Florida, two more teams in California. Teams moving to Dallas, Denver, and even Phoenix. Now Nashville with a team? Amazing.
What in the World is Going On with the Columbus Blue Jackets?!
I've always been fascinated by the Columbus Blue Jackets, even before the team officially debuted. It was back in 1998 (the year that the Nashville Predators debuted in the NHL) that I learned about Columbus getting an NHL franchise. That was a pretty fun period for me as a hockey fan, because I had never seen expansion like this in any sport. The Predators debuted in 1998, and a year later, the NHL returned to Atlanta with the Thrashers (they would move to Winnipeg in 2011), and 2000 gave us two teams: the Minnesota Wild (bringing the NHL back to Minnesota for the first time in seven years) and the aforementioned Blue Jackets.
109th Grey Cup Playoffs: Division Finals Recap
I entered this year's Division Finals very excited. I always love the Grey Cup Playoffs, and I enjoy the Division Finals because it's that final step before the big game; similar to the Conference Championships in the NFL. But my main reason for my excitement comes from my Toronto Argonauts fandom. While this is the second straight year that the Eastern Final emanates from Toronto, I felt that this year would be different. Last year was disappointing. The Argonauts left too many points on the board, and it ended up costing them on their own home field. That loss to the Hamilton Tiger-Cats left me sour and angry, and even as the bracket was set, I had that feeling: "This year would be different."
Villainess Review: Tara (Mother's Deadly Son)
November is a familiar month for Lifetime movie fans such as myself; while Lifetime focuses on the holiday themed movies, we do get treated to the usual thrillers on Lifetime Movie Network on Fridays. In the case of the latest film, it was Mother's Deadly Son, which centered on Marianne Davis, a divorced mother of two who tragically became a mother of one, when her older son, Ayden Davis, tragically fell to his death off a the top of a rock mountain. Adding to the tragedy is the fact that Ayden's younger brother, Jacob Davis, finds himself accused of killing his brother, having spent two years being under the cloud of suspicion.
Chucky Review: "He Is Risen Indeed"
Today is a huge day for us Chucky fans: it's the anniversary of the very film that started it all, Child's Play. On November 9, 1988, the original Child's Play film hit theaters, with the cast including Alex Vincent as six-year-old Andy Barclay, Catherine Hicks (later of 7th Heaven fame) as Andy's mother, Karen Barclay, Chris Sarandon as detective Mike Norris, and of course, Brad Dourif as Charles Lee Ray, the infamous Lakeshore Strangler who is gunned down by Mike and transfers his soul into a Good Guy doll, Chucky. 34 years and six sequels later, we have this TV series, more specifically, this very episode, "He Is Risen Indeed."
109th Grey Cup Playoffs: Division Semifinals Recap
One of the things I do love about the month of November is the Canadian Football League's Grey Cup Playoffs. After a 21-week regular season, six teams remain in the hunt for the prestigious Grey Cup, with two of the six getting an additional week off as a bonus for finishing first in their respective divisions. The other four teams face off in the opening round of the playoffs, the Division Semifinals, with the winners moving one step closer to that ultimate goal.
Villainess Review: Laura Washington (Arrow)
The Arrowverse is dying...and it sucks. With the latest announcement regarding the cancellation of Stargirl (its third season will be its last), that only leaves Superman & Lois as the remaining tie to everything Arrowverse. The news of Stargirl's cancellation comes several months after The CW unceremoniously ended Batwoman and Legends of Tomorrow, while The Flash will get a true finale, as the upcoming ninth season will be a farewell year. The Arrowverse has been part of The CW since 2012, and I immensely loved what I call the "Core Four" shows; the first four shows of the TV universe: Arrow, The Flash, Supergirl, and Legends of Tomorrow.
NFL Week 9 Recap: The Beasts of the AFC East
With the New York Jets racking up win after win after win, the question is asked every week: When do we start taking them seriously? Though the Jets have played better than they have been in the last decade, they still hadn't established themselves as anything more than a disruptor, though there is nothing wrong with being a disruptor. Disruptors get some attention, but that's still not the same level as being a contender. The test came with this week's divisional battle against the Buffalo Bills, and yes, this was the Jets' biggest tests in many, many years.
Villainess Review: Mrs. Mitchelssen (The Rookie)
You know, the MLB postseason has kept me busy with stories centering on baseball, but the World Series is over, the champion's been crowned, and now, I can get back to the usual Villainess Reviews, beginning with the latest episode of The Rookie. The episode, "Crossfire," had three separate stories (as episodes of The Rookie usually do), but it's John Nolan's story that is the subject. Nolan and Celina Juarez witness an apparent murder; a blonde woman shooting a man in his car before running off. Nolan tracks the woman to her trailer, and orders her to drop her gun before being taken into custody. As for the deceased, Celina informed Nolan that he was dead before the shooting, as he had been stabbed. Interesting.
Aaron Rodgers Deserves Better Than This (and He Could Have Had it Years Prior)
I've said this many times; I am numb to the immense amount of incompetence that Aaron Rodgers is surrounded by, have been for years. I'm just used to it. So is Rodgers. But much like Rodgers, just because I'm numb to it doesn't mean I have to like it. This week was supposed to be the start of something good for the struggling Green Bay Packers, who lost four straight entering Week 9. The Packers were facing the Detroit Lions, which is the NFL's way of giving this team a free gift-wrapped win. Instead, what happened was mistake after mistake after mistake, which resulted in the Packers somehow having no points by halftime against the 32nd ranked offense in the league! Per usual, Rodgers fought his way back, but because he had even less targets than usual (Romeo Doubs got injured earlier in the game), it wasn't enough. The Packers actually lost, 15-9, to the Lions.