Three day weekends are a gift from the gods. Or in my case, from the stock market for being closed today. And while I did travel for work through Sunday, I’ll be spending my Monday happily clad in my polar bear fleece pajamas catching up on everything on my DVR. So even though I had to work for part of the weekend, my extra free day makes up for it. And even if it didn’t, I still had a better weekend than these people.
To be honest, I was a bit confused about how/why they made a movie about the Great Wall of China starring Matt Damon. I mean, Damon is a fellow Bostonian so I’ve got nothing but love for him, but him starring in a movie about a Chinese monument? According to Wikipedia, Damon plays “a European mercenary in China during the Song dynasty. He encounters the Great Wall of China and meets Chinese soldiers who defend against monsters.” But still… it’s weird, right?
Well, it looks like most moviegoers shared my confusion and decided to stay away. The Great Wall, which cost $150 million dollars to make, only made $18.1 million over the weekend, being beaten by both the poor-reviewed Fifty Shades Darker and The Lego Batman Movie, both in their second week of release. Of course, I imagine Damon gets paid even if the movie tanks, so it’s more likely that it was Universal Pictures that actually had a pretty bad weekend. [via Business Insider]
If you’re a coach in college or professional sports, being fired when you aren’t winning it pretty much par for the course. But what if you get fired…and then have to work for the rest of the season?
Mark Gottfried, the head basketball coach at North Carolina State, was fired on Thursday after falling to 14-13 after a loss on Tuesday to 10th ranked North Carolina. Athletic Director Debbie Yow said in a press release:
Mark and I met today to discuss the future direction of our program. While it has long been my practice to evaluate the body of work at season’s end, in reviewing the overall direction of our program, we believe a change in leadership is necessary moving forward. Our focus now remains on supporting our student-athletes and staff over the final weeks of our season.
Okay, fine. The guy isn’t performing, so you fire him. Except that despite the dismissal, Gottfried isn’t going anywhere; while NC State said they are already looking for a new coach, Gottfried asked Yow if he could finish the season with the team, and weirdly, she said yes. In another release, Gottfried said:
It has been a privilege to serve as head coach of NC State, and I’m proud of what we have accomplished during my time here. NC State is a special place and I appreciate the opportunity to finish the remainder of the season.
So is Gottfried a coach that’s decided to his players or just trying to put off the unemployment line? Either way, I can’t imagine he had a great weekend… particularly after the Wolfpack lost to Notre Dame on Saturday. [via ESPN]
These 277 Grad School Applicants
Think back to when you were to applying to schools, whether it was for college or grad school, waiting for your acceptance notices to arrive. You waited anxiously to hear from your first choice, your back-up school, and everyone in between.
Well, if you were one of over 200 applicants to the graduate problem at the Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health, you might have gotten that eagerly awaited acceptance via email on Wednesday…only to have it ripped away a little over an hour later with another email from Columbia that basically said “Whoops, our bad.”
277 prospective students received acceptance notices from the school via email and then received another email about 75 minutes later which said that acceptance notices had been sent in error. A follow-up email from Julie Kornfeld, vice dean for education, said:
We deeply apologize for this miscommunication. We value the energy and enthusiasm that our applicants bring to the admissions process, and regret the stress and confusion caused by this mistake.
Yeah, I’m sure that makes everyone feel much better. [via Seventeen]
You’d figure that any guy with a $33 million contract with the Denver Broncos back (with $27 mil fully guaranteed) couldn’t possibly have a bad weekend. With that kind of money, you should be able to buy happiness, right? But all the money in the world can’t stop a pissed off woman from airing your dirty laundry to the world.
In court documents, Sanders’ estranged wife, Gabrielle, has a lot to say, including that saying that, “When he’s not playing football on the field, he ‘plays the field’ with numerous women whom he is or has committed adultery” and accusing the WR of spending “thousands upon thousands of dollars on girlfriends and wasting the community estate, even purchasing a vehicle for one of his illicit affairs.”
But Gabrielle doesn’t stop there – she also goes after Sanders’ work ethic, saying that while he told the team he needed to miss a practice in November to attend the birth of their child, he was actually out partying.
Hell hath no fury like a woman scorned. [via TMZ]
We’ve all been there, little guy. .
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