Mar 172011

Nathaniel Dwayne Hale, known to all of us as Nate Dogg, passed away Tuesday night at the young age of 41. It has been reported that he died of complications resulting from two previous strokes several years ago. He will be missed in the Hip Hop community. If you were an artist in the 90s and you wanted a a hit record, you had Nate Dogg singing the hook on it.He was truly the “Hook Master”! Before there was T-Pain, there was Nate Dogg. He has been on at least 40 singles since he started singing in the early 90s with the rap group “213” with Warren G and Snoop Dogg. Warren G’s step-brother, Andre Young, known as Dr. Dre of N.W.A. heard their demo at a house party and was impressed so much, Nate Dogg, has been featured in many songs ever since.

I remember back in 90s while hanging out it with friends, listening to Nate Dogg’s hooks on all of the G-Funk Songs while sipping on my 40oz Mickey’s on the front porch of my uncle’s house. When I heard what happened the other night, I was brought back to my early 20s and all of those memories just flashed in to my head. I think I want to have a 40oz Mickey’s right now!!

Nate Dogg you will be missed. I will hold up a glass and pour out a little liquor for ya!

Mar 132011

So I checked out the Cotto vs Mayorga fight last night and it was a very entertaining boxing match. Cotto kept his cool throughout the bout and didn’t fall for Mayorga’s show boating and unorthodox fighting style. Mayorga spent the whole fight talking smack to Cotto and tried to downplay all the straight jabs and power punches to his face and seemed like he was more interested in telling Cotto that the punches didn’t hurt than fighting. Cotto just kept pluggng away and scoring points the whole match.

Cotto ultimately won on a TKO in the 12th round when Mayorga gave up after a punishing shot to the chin by cotto forced the Nicaraguan fighter to his knees. He attributed his 12th round withdrawal to pain in his left hand forcing him to quit.

I personally didn’t see where he hurt his hand after the shot to his chin. But nonetheless, it was a great fight. Going in to the match I knew Mayoga was a very cocky and arrogant fighter, but the more I watched the fight, the more I pulled for Cotto. Mayorga’s cockiness was ultimately what cost him the fight. My favorite part of the fight other than the phantom injury to his hand, was when Mayorga put his hands down to taunt Cotto and the Puerto Rican answered with 3 quick straight jabs to the face that seemed to shut up, err, I mean stun Mayorga.

I am by no means a boxing expert or someone who covers boxing on a continual bases. I am just a fan that likes to kick it with friends and enjoy a good fight.

This was a perfect ending to a day that started out spending time with the kids while the girls went out to Napa for a well deserved overnight rest and relaxation mini-trip. All the dads stayed behind and took the kids to a pizza lunch and afternoon jaunt to Benicia’s “Big Slide” Park. The kids had a great time running around and draining their energy! We watched the kids go down the big slide countless times. After a few hours of that and spinning on the Tire Swings it was just about time to go. Now when we all got back to the house, after dinner and fudge Popsicles, the kids went to sleep or played in the upstairs room quietly (since all the energy was left in Benicia 🙂 ) and Daddy Day Care officially closed and the “Beer and Leftover Pizza Lounge” opened up so we can watch the fight!