Hideki Irabu Dead: Suicide Suspected

This is another unfortunate story that broke yesterday. Hideki Irabu, former New York Yankees pitcher was found dead in his California home on July 27 at age 42. According to NBC Sports, Irabu had a tumultuous career after his 1998 and 1999 World Series wins with the Yankees, where he was labeled a fat toad by former owner George Steinbrenner  after failing to meet expectations. After being traded to the Expos and then the Rangers, Irabu retired in 2002. Irabu was arrested in 2010 for drunk driving and in 2008 for assaulting a bar manager after “allegedly consuming 20 glasses of beer.” via NBCSports

Stories like these force us to look in the mirror and ask what is the source of our joy. Life is not perfect and it never will be but our lives revolve around our careers, people or status, we will never be fulfilled. I am not privy to know the details of Hideki Irabu’s life, however, it is clear that at some point he lost hope along with a sense of purpose in this life. Take time to love yourself today.

 

 

Exclusive: Custom Chicago Bulls New Era Fitted


Rock-N-Jocks brings to you the perfect match for the Jordan Retro 3 Stealth shoes that are coming out September 3rd with this custom Chicago Bulls New Era fitted. This fitted is all grey with the top of the bill in cement print to match the shoe perfect with the bottom of the bill in black. The embroidered bull logo on the front of the hat is in silver, black, white, and red, white, and black. The back of the hat has the embroidered bull logo but smaller also in red, white, and black. Limited to only 30 total pieces. Go get yours before it is too late only at http://www.rocknjocks.com

Video: Bjork releases “Crystalline” and the Biophillia App Grows.

Directed by Michel Gondry,”Crystalline” is the first song released on Biophillia. It is also the first of 10 in-app experiences within Bjork’s 3-D galaxy Biophillia app, which some are calling the “mother app.” The app gradually makes songs available within the as they are released along with interactive art, games, essays, animations karaoke and lyrics. It is the combination of “Nature, Music and Technology,” according to the app’s introduction by one of Britian’s most well-known natural history broadcasters, David Attenborough. Whether you are a fan of Bjork or not, you have to her creative mind and the way she pulls listeners into an experience that reaches beyond the music. Check it out below. Read more at itunes.com


AMC pitches “The Pitch”

After the success of scripted shows Mad Men, Breaking Bad, The Killing and The Walking Dead, AMC is heading for the real world.  The network is pitching the reality show “The Pitch,” to advertising agencies. Each episode will be a 1 hour stand alone show that features two to three agencies competing for the business of a real client. The producers for “The Pitch” reality TV professionals with CEO Steven Lambert creating “Wife Swap,” “Faking It” and “Undercover Boss,” and Eli Holzman being the former head and co-founder of Miramax Television, and creator of “Project Runway.”

While marketers Yahoo and Kodak have jumped on-board, advertising agencies seem to be on the fence regarding the show. Several agencies are in talks with AMC but remain undecided, including Interpublic’s Deutsch, the Martin Agency and McCann; Publicis’ Kaplan Thaler Group, Saatchi & Saatchi, Publicis and Leo Burnett. Other major agencies have completely declined including BBDO, BBH and Deustch.

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“We looked at the format and felt it was very misaligned with the way that we work with clients,” said Doug Scott, president of Ogilvy Entertainment. “We didn’t feel that the pitch was staying true to the process in which our [industry] works. What we were presented format-wise felt forced to be a dramatic competition, in a soft-scripted manner, vs. a more natural way that agencies work with clients and how a campaign is born.”

Read More at AdAge.com