It has been another long week, on top of that someone decided to throw a tax day into the mix. We don’t have a cash refund for you, but we’ll do you the next best thing, links to kill some time. How that’s the next best thing we’re not sure, but let’s just go with it. This week we have for you chess boxing, Hank Williams, and some live action (sort of) video games. Now insert your coin, press start and try for the kill screen!

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It’s Stanley Cup playoff time and that means you’re going to see a lot of tough guys playing hard. There will be a lot of emotions running high and then means a lot of opportunities to catch a hockey fight. But if you can’t wait for a fight to happen in a game, or you just can’t get enough of the fights, we offer you this ass kicking link which was sent to us by CJS regular Gutter. Thanks Gutter, we enjoyed the fights, and we’re sure some of our readers will too.

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In other fight news or lack of fighting as it were. We told you several times there was going to be an awesome UFC Pay-Per-View live from Abu Dhabi. Well, on paper it looked like an awesome Pay-Per-View, when it unfolded last Saturday it was as boring as Elwood Blues’ usual lunch order. B.J. Penn looked out of form and then there was the Anderson “The Spider” Silva fight. Silva was a lot of fun to watch last time as he looked like he was dodging punches like Spider-Man when he gets in that first fight at school. Not so much this time as he never committed fully to the fight and spent 5 rounds mocking his opponent. This caused us to give “The Spider” a new nickname, Anderson “The Dick” Silva. Dana White was pissed, to say the least. Now just five days after the fight, White has said if “The Dick” doesn’t step up in his next fight he will be cut from the UFC. Your move Silva, prove you’re pound for pound the best fighter.

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Many people who are unfamiliar with MMA aren’t aware of how much strategy and careful thought go into a match. It isn’t that much different from chess, but chess doesn’t transfer well to a spectator sport. At least not by itself, but pair it up with boxing and then you’re on to something. We’re not even kidding about this, Chess Boxing sounds completely made up, but it happens, mostly over in England, but still it happens. Rick Reilly recently visited with some chess boxers and learned all about the sport for his new book. Here is an excerpt from the book about the sport. This is a captivating read and these are some of the toughest nerds you will ever read about.

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Now we take you from ass kicking nerds, to kick ass nerds. It was announced this week that Joss Whedon will direct the Avengers movie, no not a remake of the movie based on the old Emma Peel show, but the Marvel Comics super team. For those who don’t know Joss Whedon, he is responsible for “Buffy the Vampire Slayer,” “Firefly,” and “Dr. Horrible’s Sing Along,” just to name a few. The man ranks pretty high in nerd circles, so this is a big deal. And unless he Joel Schumacher’s the project, this will probably be the superhero movie beloved most by geeks, after The Dark Knight.

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While we’re on geeks, or nerds, or spazzes, whatever moniker you prefer, we found an interview with the “Big Bang Theory’s” resident token minority, Raj Koothrappali, or as he is known in real life, Kunal Nayyar. Turns out he’s not as nerdy as the character he plays, but he’s pretty close.

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We certainly have a lot links this week that appeal to the dork side in us, but then again we are dorks, and you knew that. This is another link sent to us from a loyal CJS reader, this time it was Tron keeping us entertained. When we watch this video the first thing we think of is the episode of “Futurama” where the Planet Express crew has to save New New York from Lrrr, space invaders and Donkey Kong. After we ran through as many quotes form that episode as we could, we re-watched the video and found it to actually be pretty cool. It’s a fun concept and the animation is incredible. Top notch all around and it won’t cost you a million allowances worth of quarters to watch it.

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One of the earliest and simplest forms of a video game is the Whac-a-Mole. The boardwalk classic has an interesting history and let’s face it, even in it’s simplicity it’s a lot of fun. Who doesn’t like to slam that mallet down hard on those plastic vermin bastards? And the guy who invented the game, or stole it, is also responsible for the animatronics involved at Showbiz Pizza.

Was the Whac-a-Mole information old news to you as you’re a video game expert? Or is there something you are an expert on? Well we want to hear about it for our next confessional. We want to know: What is the one class you would be better equipped to teach than anyone else on the planet? Can you tell us the history of the Hawaiian print shirt? Do you know all there is to know about “Three’s Company?” We all have that one thing we know better than anyone, so go ahead and tell us what that thing is for you. Send your answer to staff@crujonessociety.com and on Monday we’ll post the new class schedule.

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Ok, no more nerd talk, this week. How about the universal language of music? You’re probably thinking we have for you some kind of punk rock related news story, we’ll you’re wrong. This link is about country music, and it is a positive piece. Hank Williams has received a Pulitzer citation for making awesome music. Well that’s the gist of it any way. We love Williams and agree with everyone in this article that he deserves this, not only for spear heading and making country music the force it is, but just for amazing contributions to music. Wherever you are Hank, we hope you’re not so lonesome anymore and thank you.

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Ok, now here’s a punk rock related link. We’re not particularly fans of the Slackers, their 2tone ska style doesn’t do much for us, but we’ll give them credit for continuing to make that style of music in this day. And despite not really being fans we really got on board with the interview they gave here. But we really just like when musicians are appreciative of other musicians and talk about music. So we are all for the Slackers, plus their all pretty good friends with Rancid, and that helps.

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Took care of our weekly punk link, so that means we still need to take care of the weekly baseball link. This week we get to see another one of Dagger’s predictions coming true. Dagger predicted that Alfonso Soriano would wind up on his player shit list. If this news story carries any merit at all then that is exactly where Soriano is heading. Well Cub fans, enjoy the next five years as best as you can.

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As many of you probably know, yesterday was tax day. We hope you got yours in. We would hate for you to do jail time for tax evasion, after all you can’t read CJS in prison, just ask Al Capone. But you should have paid your taxes anyway. This year taxes were lower. To that we were stoked, and even more stoked when we got our refunds, that’s right, we filed early. Unfortunately we already spent our money on booze, tacos and comic books. It was worth it. But what would the post tax day Happy Friday be without a tax related link? Un-American, that’s what!

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Let’s end the week with some good news fro our boy Coco. He has a new network and a new show will start in the autumn. Conan O’Brien’s antics will now be found on TBS late night, at least until George Lopez gets pissed and kicks him out of there. Congratulations Coco and we can’t wait for the new show, it should be very funny.

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We’ve never had a desire to be a crocodile, until now…

Hope your weekend is as fun as this looks. See ya next week.

lee.s.hart@crujonessociety.com