Quick Links for June 2nd

Just because we lost doesn’t mean we still can’t have fun around these parts today. The true mark of a champion is how they react to adversity and, as fighters, we have to move on. And what better way to move on than with a fresh batch of Quick Links!?

Holy crap, where did this huge fight weekend come from?

Seemingly out of nowhere this weekend became huge for local fighters and their fans. In Sacramento, Urijah Faber tries to regain his Featherweight title from Mike Brown at WEC 41 broadcast on Versus in what should be an epic fight on Sunday. Saturday two local products square off as Elk Grove’s Scott “Hands of Steel” Smith takes on Stockton’s own Nick Diaz for Strikeforce. Smith is coming off an impressive victory over Benji Radach on the same card that saw Diaz set the record for most punches thrown in a fight (in a 2 round fight no less) against Frank Shamrock.

Smith is somewhat of a brawler (and by somewhat I mean his nickname is Hands of Steel, dude likes the standup) and while Diaz is a Brazillian Ju-Jitsu master, he obviously enjoys the stand up game as well so it should be an insanely entertaining fight with the winner possibly going on to face the winner of the Robbie Lawler vs. Jake Shields (local product #4 fighting this weekend) main event.

So yeah, it’s kind of a big weekend for local fighters. Not that anybody really knows about it because, as we’ve said before, the Record’s Sports pages are totally useless (well, except for maybe litter box liner).

Thanks to Brookside, Maxim’s may stay open afterall

As we mentioned last week, a federal judge ruled in favor of Maxim’s in their appeal of their appeal of the Planning Commission’s denial of an entertainment permit, allowing Maxim’s to continue playing that evil hip-hop (shudders) for a little bit longer.

David LeBeouf and George Mull (the lawyers representing Maxim’s) successfully played the race card to argue that the city’s requirements to obtain a live entertainment permit is unconstitutional or something. Which I’m pretty sure means we can start holding shows wherever we want for the next couple weeks without needed a permit (note: probably not true).

How did Maxim’s play the race card over an ordinance mostly dealing with noise levels and distance from residential areas, and why did it work in the federal courts and not with the City Council? Enter the elitist residents of Brookside! The City Council has to pander to their racist musings about certain “elements” infiltrating their community because, let’s face it, that’s where all the juice in this town is (Jackie Treehorn draws a lot of water in this town Lewbowski, you don’t draw shit!). The City kind of has to hear them out.

US District Court Judge Morrison “Morrie” England Jr. on the other hand doesn’t have to give a shit about what Brookside thinks, he just has to see if the law was applied correctly. Maxim’s lawyers know this so they trotted out a video of the Brookside rants and said “Pretty racist, huh?” and the judge bought it. Nevermind the fact that the actual ordinance doesn’t say anything about the type of music that can be played, the fact that they brought up excluding rap and nobody said “it’s not about the rap, it’s about the volume it’s played at” (or at least didn’t make that part clear enough until they were in front of Morrie) was enough for the judge to issue a temporary restraining order.

So thanks Brookside. Without your meandering rants about imaginary crime and unsavory elements, Maxim’s might not be bumping some Too Short this upcoming weekend.

Rich Ibarra’s trapped in the closet.

The Stockton Arena finally has a regular tenant! Unfortunately it’s just Rich Ibarra and Channel 3. David Siders’ blog brings us the news that KCRA signed a three-year deal with the Arena to rent out a storage closet so Stockton correspondent Rich Ibarra has a place to chill when nothing’s going on in Stockton (which, trust us, is frequently). And not only is the Arena $36,000 richer, but we also get a nice view into the glamorous world of TV journalism with the picture of Ibarra’s closet/office. So all of you aspiring journalists please click that link and see what years of journalism experience got Ibarra. Then hop on over to the Kings Room and buy the guy a shot of whiskey.

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~ by Slick Diaz on June 2, 2009.

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