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FOUNDER Robert Gartside

EDITOR-IN-CHIEF Chaunce Hayden

PUBLISHERS Jairo Arias Chaunce Hayden

COPY EDITOR

LeAnne Aciz-Stanton

ART DIRECTOR Mark McNabb

ACCOUNT SALES Chaunce Hayden Jairo Arias

CONTRIBUTING WRITERS Chantal Cyr Mike Wise Jenny Filicky Chaunce Hayden

COVER STORY mayweather vs mcgregor . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 42

Naked Truth: Debbie Harry. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6 Mancave . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 14 Industry Spotlight: . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 18 Women’s Fashion. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 22 Men’s Fashion. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 23 20 Percent . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 29 Industry Spotlight: . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 34 Chef Of The Month: MIKE CARRINO . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 40 Posh Model. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 48 Motormouth. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 52 Sports . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 54 Between The Sheets . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 60 Music News . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 62

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Leanne Aciz-Stanton

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Debbie Harry

Chester Bennington

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Chaunce Hayden

WELCOME TO METROPOLIS NIGHTS READ US ONLINE: issue.com/metropolisnights FOLLOW US ON: ADVERTISING INQUIRIES: Please call 201-873-3874 or visit our website at www.metnights.com Data, data and more data. Data....that is the question. What data goes up, must come down. I gots to get me some more data. I’m sitting in a coffee shop somewhere south of Belfast, Ireland. They call this wee town...Monaghan. It’s remarkable how small the world has become thanks to this thing called “Wifi”. I never really thought about wifi before my journey to Ireland. It was something that came with your cable TV and some bars seem to have it, but who really needs it? It’s not until it becomes your life line that it becomes something much more.  Many people on Facebook have been following my life here in Ireland. Both North Jersey MN readers and, surprisingly, the good people of Monaghan. It’s as if two completely different cultures are curious over my take no prisoners desire to find my child. She’s only 5 years old and in case you don’t know the story, I’m here in Ireland to find her and be my child’s father. Many have praised my efforts and inspiring and an example of what makes a man a dad. But I don’t see it like that.  For me there was no option. No choice. I need to be here in Monaghan because this is where my daughter is. It’s that simple.  So the big question is... Can I continue as publisher of this great entertainment magazine from a European coffee shop?  The answer seems obvious. If you’re reading this and I’m guessing you are (unless you’re psychic), indeed I can.... or at least until my data runs out! See you in the fall! Chaunce Hayden Publisher @Chauncehayden

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Some days I feel like it doesn’t matter and other days I feel like, “Oh shit.” ... DEBBIE HARRY ON GETTING OLD


I don’t think it’s much of a problem. I just really enjoy doing it. The response seems to be good, and that always makes it easier.

If I had told you in 1978 that “Heart of Glass” would still be popular in 2017, would you have thought I was insane? Probably! No offense.

Yet, here we are. I always admired artists whose songs had longevity, so I’m happy it’s happening to me. But you also have to realize that Rock and Roll is coming of age, as it were. It’s just a natural progression, I suppose. People grew up to that music, and they really don’t have much choice, I suppose. As for me, I will always be an artist, whether I do music or some other form of it.

girl, and she expressed some interest, but we don’t have anything really going. She mentioned it in an interview, and the press has been treating it like it’s actually happening.

Do you want the film to be made?

Oh, sure. I generally don’t really like biographical movies on music people. I think they’re usually kind of bullshit and phony. So if a movie is made, I want to somehow be involved in it. I think I could make it a little bit more interesting.

Of course, I couldn’t let you go without asking you about growing up in Hawthorne, New Jersey. What was that like for you?

It’s probably a much bigger town now. I haven’t been back there in a while. Every once in a while I’ll run into somebody from there or an old friend or someone who knew my sister. It’s really just a typical suburban commuter kind of town. I think when I was a little, tiny girl, there were actually farms there. When those farms went, that was the big change for me. All that land became housing developments. That was kind of shocking to me.

What did it mean for you to be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame?

I think it changes from day to day. Some days I feel like it doesn’t matter and other days I feel like, “Oh shit.” You might think that’s an inconsistent answer, but that’s the way it goes.

Are you aware that you’re in the Guinness Book of World Records as the Oldest Female Singer to have a No. 1 single in the UK?

Yeah, I suppose there are. I try not to think about those things, actually. It just doesn’t get you anywhere. Obviously, there are steps along the way you wish you could do differently. Hindsight and all that crap. You know? But I don’t know if it does you any good. You just have to learn from those experiences and move on. However, thinking of things like that with regret can be poisonous.

Do you see yourself still performing ten years from now? I don’t know. It’s hard to say. I hope I’m still doing music somehow, if not for myself, then writing for others. I would also like to travel just for the fun of it. I hope to be linked up with somebody and fall madly in love. That would be a lot of fun.

Oh, excellent! That’s news to me, but there you go.

Are you in love now? There’s also talk of a movie being made about your life with Kirsten Dunst playing the lead role. Care to set the record straight? Kirsten and I did talk about that. She’s a really sweet, fun

Not with one person in particular. Why, are you available?

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Are you afraid of getting old?

Is there anything in your life that you regret or wish you could do differently?

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It was quite an honor, really. It made me feel very legitimate and part of history. It really makes you feel like maybe you actually did do something. It’s just so public. I think it made people who aren’t in the business and who never really paid much attention to Blonde sit up and take notice.

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After four decades, how do you maintain your passion for performing?


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Nick Graham The lost city of Atlantis and the psychedelic sixties era inspired Nick Graham’s bold collection. He sent his models down the runway dressed as impossibly dapper castaways with heavy white rope belts holding up rolled, high water trousers. In keeping with his oceanic theme, shades of blue were in the forefront. The accessories stood out as much as the clothing: round, colored sunglasses and long necklaces along with faux lobsters, crabs and a parrots clinged to suit jackets for added embellishment. Photo credit: Patrick Michael Hughes | @ patrickmichaelhughes

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The Carlos Campos Spring/Summer 2018 line was all about architecture. The palette was also minimal, focusing on bright reds and blues, occasionally paired with last year’s popular neutrals. Leading the show was a red suit epitomizing the wearable focus of the new line. The designer then worked into more casual colorblocked pieces, incorporating outerwear and finishing with a perfectly tailored monochromatic blue suit.

Jason poses for a photo between shows at the Skyy Vodka backstage lounge. Photo credit: Matthew Sperzel

Fore even more NYFW: Men’s coverage, and more mens fashion tips, outfit looks, product reviews and more, head over to teztrends.com and Jason’s Instagram: @teztrends.

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To decide whether or not an ID is legitimate: · Check whether or not the images and text on the ID are correctly placed (counterfeit IDs have improperly placed icons to avoid criminal liability). · Check the holograms when tilted to ensure they are valid. · Look for the ghost photo – a tiny, faint copy of the person’s original photo. · Check that the text (and license number) on the ID is in a normal font size and has proper spacing. · When comparing a photo to a face, consider the chin and shape of the face first. · If you’re not sure about an ID, always ask for a second proof of identification. If you’re a bartender and you’re scoffing at this, let me just remind you of a few things.  You probably know about civil liability (bartenders can be sued and forced to pay damages to an injured guest) and criminal liability (facing criminal charges for breaking alcohol laws, like serving to a minor) but do you know what dram shop laws are? If not, you should. Dram shop laws allow a bar/restaurant’s owners and employees to be sued by someone injured by a customer who had been drinking at their establishment. So not only do you have to worry about YOURSELF (as the bartender) and the customer, but you also have to consider the people who may come in contact with them. Bartending is a fun job – but these kinds of things should be taken seriously. I’m not trying to be a buzz kill, but it’s so important for bartenders to understand the responsibility of providing alcohol (in addition to a good time) to guests. I’m not saying that those kids shouldn’t come back in a few months when they are finally 21, but trying to be sneaky by passing off a fake ID could impact my life just as much as theirs. Call me bitchy, call me wise, just don’t call me your bartender because I won’t be until you’re of age. insert from the movie “Superbad” copyright Sony pictures

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· Acceptable forms of ID are: a driver’s license, state ID card, military ID and passport. · Forms of ID that are NOT acceptable: a birth certificate,

school ID, and voter registration cards. · A valid ID will always have the owner’s birthday, signature, and photograph. It should also be current (not expired) and in tact (no ripped sides).

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Recently, on a rather uneventful night bartending, a group of guys sauntered into the bar and sat down. With one look at them, I knew they were underage. I asked for ID and immediately noticed one of the guys was already nervously clutching his, tapping it on the bar. I smiled – not only because this kid didn’t know any better that that was a clear indication of guilt, but because I flashed back to a time when I wanted to be able to drink at a bar and couldn’t because I was too young. Ah, to be young again. Anyway, so I checked his ID and noticed it said he was from Connecticut, but his street just so happened to have the same name of a well-known block in town (a mere few blocks from the bar, in fact). I knew better than to ask the routine questions, like ‘what’s your address’? and ‘what year were you born?’ I knew the only way to stump him was to ask for the zip code. When I did, you could literally watch him call defeat. He began to ramble off an explanation but I waved my hands and said, ”Now, show me your REAL ID”. He reluctantly did and sure enough, he was a 19 year local. I asked for everyone else’s ID’s and smirked when they all handed me a Connecticut drivers license, followed by their legitimate New Jersey ones behind it. Guilty side-glances began. “But I’ll be 21 in a few months” isn’t going to save my ass in a lawsuit if God forbid something happens to an underage person who consumes drinks that I served them. Some people may roll their eyes at me for being such a “Grandma” about it - or some may think I’m being hypocritical because most likely, I consumed alcohol before the age of 21. Yeah, I did, but I never bought into the ‘fake ID scams’ that were popular back then and I don’t buy into them now. Especially when I have a legal responsibility as a bartender to keep MYSELF safe, as well as others. It’s summer. There’s going to be tons of kids who are aching to be able to hang out with their older friends (who may already be 21) - now is a better time than ever to refresh on the signs to look for when it comes to spotting out a fake ID.


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OKTOBERFEST TIME? HELL YEAH! OWNER AND CHEF OF THE PIG AND PRINCE

MIKE CARRINO

Inte rvi e w by C hau n c e H ay d en Chaunce Hayden: It’s hard to believe that we’re talking about OKTOBERFEST but here we are. What can you tell me about your September 23rd event? Mike Carrino: OKTOBERFEST 2017 is an amazing community event to raise money for the Montclair Center BID and a portion of the profits will also go as a donation to The Valerie Fund. This is the sixth annual OKTOBERFEST celebration and each year we have been fortunate enough to have grown and this year is predicted to be the biggest and best one yet! How much preparation does it take to put something that massive together? We start planning OKTOBERFEST right after New Years eve. It is at the core of most meetings throughout the first two quarters of the year and it takes hundreds of man hours in planning and coordinating.

Lets take about beer. Tell me what IPA lovers can expect? OKTOBERFEST is really about tradition. We will have the most traditional OKTOBERFEST brews in the form of Hacker Pshorr, Paulaner, Radenberger and my personal favorite Ramstein Oktoberfest (brewed right here in NJ!) We will also be offering a couple other local beers and a local cider for the gluten free patrons that are in attendance. What goes into selecting the various beers you’ll be featuring? Traditional Oktoberfest beers are the staple of the festival. We like to incorporate some local beers as well to really round out the choices.


Every third Thursday

We are anticipating up to thirty (30) different food vendors spanning the culinary globe from sausages and spaetzle to meatballs and pizza to tacos and everything in between.

Night” at Pig & Prince.

is “Steal the Pint

We feature a new brewery every third Thursday, buy the beer-keep the pint! Upcoming Breweries:

Can you tell us about the live music you have planned? We have four bands signed up for entertainment: 1. The Defending Champions

August 17th – Forgotten Boardwalk September 21st – High Point Brewing Co. – Makers of RAMSTEIN Beers “It’s OKTOBERFEST!”

2. Wyland 3. The Watchung Mountain Riders

October 26th (moved because of Whiskey Fest on October 19th) – TBD

4. Bern & The Brights November 16th – TBD Pig and Prince has quickly become one of Monclair’s favorite restaurants. What makes the Pig and Prince so popular?

October 19th is Whiskey-Fest. A sensational opportunity for whiskey lovers to taste some of their favorites and some new and upcoming products. Last year we hosted over 20 distillers and offered over 75 different whiskeys. Visit our website www. pigandprince.com/events for more details and ticket sale link.

Summer Sundays: From July 16th to August 27th Pig and Prince will be closed for dinner for Summer Sunday Hours. Sunday Brunch Hours will be extended from 11am to 3pm.

Yeah hop in that time machine and take it back to 1930’s you would be right here. But alas the station (historically registered in 1972) was decommissioned in 1984. The Bay street station is a short two block walk for all our train commuters. What would you say to someone who has never been to the Pig and Prince? Shame on you.....tisk tisk.

THE PIG AND PRINCE 1 Lackawanna Plaza • Montclair, New Jersey • NJ 07042 973.233.1006 www.pigandprince.com

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What other events do you have planned for this fall?

Seems like a no brainer that taking the train is the best way to come to the Pig and Prince because .. well... you’re located at the train station. Is it as simple and easy as it seems?

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I like to think we are diverse and unique. We go to great lengths to craft our food and cocktails and spend countless hours developing thoughtful menu creations using the freshest locally sourced products prepared in a unique and exciting way for our patrons.

December 21 – Troegs Brewing Co.

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What food goes good with beer and how many vendors will be filling those beer bellys?


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THE FIGHT Story By Chaunce Hayden


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above: Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Conor McGregorÂ


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The Fight Nobody Can Afford

How has training been going for both fighters? With six weeks to go before fight night, McGregor and Mayweather will be mid-way through gruelling training camps on separate sides of the Atlantic. The 40-year-old Mayweather rarely allows filming of his sparring sessions, so only snippets of footage have emerged from his ‘Doghouse’ gym in Las Vegas. But ‘Money’ rarely strays from his fighting weight and he has been sharing the ring with the likes of American prospect Devin Haney ahead of fight night. McGregor, meanwhile, has posted numerous photos of his training camp in Dublin. The UFC star has been sparring with fighters such as Tiernan Bradley as he looks to make the necessary adjustments from fighting in the octagon to the squared-circle.

Hundreds of tickets are reportedly still available for the Aug. 26 bout between Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Conor McGregor. According to the Associated Press’  Tim Dahlberg, “a  check online Saturday revealed hundreds—even thousands—of seats still available” firsthand on Ticketmaster after they were initially made available to the public Monday.  Based on the cost to get into T-Mobile Arena for the Las Vegas spectacle, that’s not a major surprise.  As Dahlberg noted, the cheapest face-value ticket is $3,500, and that’s not counting approximately $300 worth of fees associated with the purchase. Prices soar as high as $10,000 for ringside seats, with VIP “platinum” tickets clocking in just under $15,000.  Those astronomical rates have also contributed to some paltry secondhand-market sales.  “There’s fairly little sales going on in general,” SeatGeek.com content analyst  Chris Leyden said, per Dahlberg. “I think a lot of it has to do with where prices are now. I think people are a little uncomfortable paying this much or maybe even more.” If the tickets do sell out, the fight should have a shot at breaking the record-setting $72,198,500 gate from Mayweather’s 2015 fight against Manny Pacquiao at the MGM Garden Arena—which seats 16,800 compared to T-Mobile Arena’s 20,000.  predictions. But it has been McGregor’s camp who have been doing most of the talking in recent weeks. The UFC star channeled his inner-Ivan Drago in a recent Instagram post, captioning a training video with the catchphrase: ‘If he dies, he dies’. His trainer John Kavanagh also said earlier this month: ‘(Conor’s) scarily focused… I really feel we’ve come leaps and bounds in a short time’. Mayweather couldn’t resist taunting his opponent while partying alongside  Tyron Woodley last month, however,  claiming that the American rather than McGregor is the best fighter in UFC.

How good a boxer is McGregor?

What have the camps been saying in recent weeks?

Rumours of McGregor’s achievements in the ring have been circling for months. But one fact remains: August 26 will be the Irishman’s first professional fight.

Mayweather is rarely short of something to say. He tends to dominate the build up to big fights with his bravado and brash

The 28-year-old first put on a pair of gloves at Crumlin ABC in Dublin under the tutelage of Phil Sutcliffe. He denied rumours


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‘McGregor has no chance in this fight. In fact, it could be very boring... there is no way he will be able to land a meaningful punch on Floyd. How could he? He has no professional experience in boxing.’ - Manny Pacquiao

that a young McGregor was once national champion, telling the BBC the UFC star ‘didn’t give himself the chance’ to win such titles.

‘I think McGregor will knock him out inside the first 35 seconds like he did to Jose Aldo, to be honest...I think McGregor will do him in one round. Come on McGregor...It would be good for boxing if McGregor chinned him.’ - Tyson Fury

He said: ‘It’s everyone’s dream to go to the Olympics games for most boxers and to represent their country. That’s the dream we try to build them to and Conor could have been one of those kids. But he was into a few things - Jiu Jitsu, grappling - he wanted the whole picture... he would have been a fantastic boxer.’

‘It’s ridiculous to me... You are talking about one discipline where you can use only your hands and only a few can do it. Every battle sport always starts with your hands, but they are two totally different sports.’ - Lennox Lewis

Will Mayweather’s age catch up to him? By the time he enters the ring for the 50th time as a professional, Floyd Mayweather will be only six months shy of his 41st birthday. Wladimir Klitschko proved against Anthony Joshua that fighters can still compete at the top level into their fifth decade. But for Mayweather, a fighter who relies on lightning hand-speed and reactions, every passing year presents particular challenges. ‘I’m not the same fighter I was 20 years ago, I’m not the same fighter I was 10 years ago... As a matter of fact, I’m not the same fighter I was 5 years ago,’ he recently admitted. Before retiring in 2015 Mayweather showed his ring-craft, gained through years of experience, could help compensate for his loss of speed. But will Father Time eventually have his day?

What has everybody else been saying about the fight?

This is not for fighters, but business...I think people understand what is a true fight, a boxing fight, like mine with Canelo (Alvarez), or a big show, maybe sometimes for people a funny show, like a circus show’ - Gennady Golovkin 

What happens between now and August 26?


The two fighters will then retreat into camp, where they will aim to be in peak condition come fight night through a combination of sparring, running, pad work and strict dieting. McGregor, for example, is set to go through 44 fightsworth of sparring  against the likes of ex-two time world champion Paulie Malignaggi. Come fight week, they and the boxing world will descend on Las Vegas for a final press conference, the weigh-in and their date with destiny.

How much money will the fight generate? Most boxers have to wait years before their fight purses contain six figures, let alone seven. But Conor McGregor isn’t like most debutantes in the ring. The Irish UFC star is expected to receive a 50 million fight purse for his clash with

Mayweather, with the American taking home 70 million. The two fighters will then take a share of the revenue generated by sponsorship, merchandise and PPV buys. In total, the fight is expected to be worth 450 million, just shy of ‘Money’s’ super-fight with Manny Pacquiao, but enough to make it one of the richest fights in history.

What’s at stake for both fighters? For McGregor, this fight represents the chance to shock the world. Few outside his committed support base give him anything more than a puncher’s chance and victory would mark by far the biggest achievement of his alreadyillustrious career.

Mayweather is, as expected, the heavy favorite. The unbeaten American is as much as 1/8 on to win the fight and 4/6 on to knock the Irishman out with many bookies.

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His underdog status means that defeat would likely do little to harm his reputation or unwavering self-belief. For Mayweather, meanwhile, the situation could hardly be more different. Though victory would be expected, it would see him eclipse Rocky Marciano and reach 50-0. Defeat, on the other hand, would be embarrassing and likely cause irreparable damage his ring legacy.

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Then Came Bronson & More! I’ve got to admit that I’m a sucker for any TV show that features a motorcycle. I recently stumbled across a 2015 AMC program called “Into The Badlands”. The show features a post-apocalyptic world run by territorial Barons. In the show, the barons have very skilled fighters called Clippers. One Baron’s Regent (a chief Clipper) named Sunny (played by Daniel Wu) rides around on a cool steampunk-styled motorcycle. The bike plays a big role in season 1 but in season 2 it is not seen at all so far (I am only halfway through the second season) Since I’ve not seen the bike yet, I am quickly losing interest in the storyline and characters. Without the moto playing a regular role in the storylines, I’m sadly not intrigued enough to keep watching. But Into The Badlands has been picked up for a third season so clearly I am in the minority. I typically love shows with swordplay and tales of post-apocalyptic futures but for me if the bike is not a main feature, I’m disengaged. Speaking of futures… The uncertain future of a newspaper reporter who drops out of the rat race in search of adventure on his motorcycle was the premise behind the 1969-1970 NBC TV show Then Came Bronson. This particular show only ran for one season but it originally started with a film pilot that set the stage for the 26 episodes that followed. In the pilot the main character Jim Bronson (played by Michael Parks) meets an old friend who has grown disillusioned with the world (played by Martin Sheen). Just before killing himself, he gives Jim his motorcycle, which pushes Jim to quit his own job and hit the open road. Many people believe that the legendary film Easy Rider influenced this show but it is actually the other way

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around since TCB ( just barely) predates the film. One thing I particularly love is the image on Jim’s gas tank of the All Seeing Eye. When you watch the episodes you can’t help but think that the eye of God is watching Jim and watching over him. Another thing I dig about the show is that Michael Parks sings not only the closing credits song, but maybe a dozen other songs over the course of the season. It’s also interesting to note that the creator of the show Denne Petitclerc was a former reporter himself and one of Earnest Hemingway’s protégés. Denne only had a few TV writing credits to his name but he wrote what he knew about. 40 years of life experience, plus having known another reporter who did exactly what Jim Bronson did years earlier helped him create Bronson’s adventures. In most episodes, Bronson helps people he meets with their own dilemmas but there is an impressive amount of motorcycle racing and riding too. A lot of that riding is actually done off-road which is pretty entertaining. Bronson hill climbs his knobby-tired Sporty successfully thanks to the skills of film editing and the stunt riding chops of legends Bud and Dave Ekins. Parks actually rides the bike a lot on camera but some of the scenes are just too intense to execute without the talents of great stuntmen like Bud and Dave. In one episode, Bronson crashes his bike and it flips multiple times down a steep embankment eventually wrapping itself around a tree. Soon after he is seen putting it back together and riding again. Absolutely hilarious. That frame was so twisted up I doubt it could ever be properly fixed. But that’s Hollywood for you; Reality is put on pause.


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2017 NFL record projections:

Patriots headed for perfect 16-0 season?

With NFL training camps opening, all 32 teams have largely taken form for 2017. So before injuries, benchings, firings and (more) suspensions start shaping the season, here’s the Metropolis Nights Sports’ annual prediction of how the season will unfold with record projections for each team based on picking all 256 games, plus a bonus playoff forecast. NFC EAST Dallas Cowboys (11-5): The league should be ready for Dak Prescott and Ezekiel Elliott — assuming he isn’t suspended— this time around; that celebrated O-line is breaking in two new starters; and the defense could be a hot mess. Still, there’s no denying this club’s offensive firepower. The Cowboys play four of their five November games at home, a good point to make a move in the standings. New York Giants (10-6): They open with four of six on the road. Survive that stretch and maybe establish some semblance of a ground game to complement their aerial weapons, and the Giants could contend for the division. Philadelphia Eagles (9-7): The offensive line is intact, and Carson Wentz has some fancy new weapons. But the defensive front seven better dominate, or else that shaky secondary could be fatally exposed. Back-to-back West Coast games in December hurt.Washington Redskins (5-11): The questions about Kirk Cousins’ future will be on constant loop. And he may not enjoy the present all that much after losing two 1,000-yard receivers.  NFC NORTH  Green Bay Packers (12-4):They open against Seattle and at Atlanta and only play at Lambeau twice after Thanksgiving. Still, they should once again be the class of this division. Minnesota Vikings (9-7): They don’t look significantly different from last year’s edition. The defense should again be special and Sam Bradford steady. Despite some free agent additions, the O-line could still be a weakness, though newcomers Latavius Murray and Dalvin Cook should ensure Vikes don’t again own league’s worst rushing attack. Playing five of their first seven at U.S. Bank Stadium should set the tone. Chicago Bears (5-11): None of their first six opponents finished below .500 in 2016 — quite a stern test for a club coming off a franchise record-tying 13 losses and breaking in at least one new quarterback. Detroit Lions (5-11): It just feels like they lived on the edge way too often in 2016, and smoke and mirrors may not be enough against this year’s lineup. However if DE Ziggy Ansah rebounds, and RB Ameer Abdullah finally gets going, cynicism could turn to optimism. NFC SOUTH  Atlanta Falcons (12-4):  They may have the  most loaded roster in the leagueand should get a boost opening their new stadium. The big questions about the NFC champs are the dreaded Super Bowl hangover — and the Falcons went on an unprecedented bender — the loss of OC Kyle Shanahan and a midseason stretch of four road games in five weeks that includes trips to New England and Seattle. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (10-6): They seem poised to make their first playoff appearance in a decade after diversifying a lopsided offense with WR DeSean Jackson and rookie TE O.J. Howard. RB Doug Martin is apparently recharged, too, though he remains suspended for three games. They’ll see Falcons twice and


(Jacksonville, Tennesee, Denver) in November. And will Marvin Lewis’ lame duck status only ratchet up the pressure on a team that tends to underachieve when it counts most? Cleveland Browns (4-12): Even if they only improve by three games in the win column — not insignificant — expect this outfit to be far more competitive as its nucleus of talent continues to coalesce. AFC SOUTH  Tennessee Titans (12-4):  Only a tiebreaker (for a woeful 2-4 division record) kept this rising club out of postseason last year. As long as Marcus Mariota remains on the field, the Titans might not only turn the corner but roar around it. They will hit a rough patch from Weeks 11-15, with a Thursday night game in Pittsburgh and consecutive games on the West Coast as part of a stretch when they play four of five away from Nashville. Houston Texans (8-8): We know, Bill O’Brien has never failed to go 9-7 in any of his three seasons. But when your team’s top two quarterbacks have two combined NFL starts, it’s easy to foresee a season that serves as one step back before two steps forward occur in 2018. Jacksonville Jaguars (8-8):  Everything looks to be in place — a potentially dominant defense, upgraded O-line and (most exciting for Jags fans) rookie RB Leonard Fournette — to restore this franchise to relevance ... if  Blake Bortles can get back on track. The team will make its annual pilgrimage for a London “home” date in Week 3, immediately followed by two more road trips. If the Jags weather that, maybe they can make a run in December, which begins with three straight at EverBank Field.Indianapolis Colts (5-11): How healthy, really, is Andrew Luck coming off major shoulder surgery? How much protection can he realistically expect from what’s been a suspect line, not to mention a running back (Frank Gore) who just turned 34? And that defense ... oy vey. Making two West Coast trips in the first month to face rude defenses (Rams, Seahawks) could be telling.

NFC WEST Seattle Seahawks (11-5):  They’re still the divisional front runners, especially with Russell Wilson and Earl Thomas healthy again. But a tough non-divisional road schedule (Packers, Titans, Giants, Cowboys) — and even a 1 p.m. ET start in Jacksonville — could make it awfully tough to earn an extended stay at CenturyLink Field in January.Arizona Cardinals (10-6): They’ve got a special, special player in David Johnson. But will Carson Palmer and Tyrann Mathieu max out their abilities again? And how long can Larry Fitzgerald (league-high 107 catches), who will be 34 next month, handle such a heavy workload? (NOTE: In our projection, the Cardinals failed to earn a wild card based on a worse conference record than the Giants or Buccaneers.) Los Angeles Rams (4-12):They’re a young team undergoing significant resets on both sides of the ball. And after opening with two winnable games (Colts, Redskins) at home, the Rams play five of the next six away from the L.A. Coliseum, including a “home” game in London bracketed by East Coast games in Jacksonville and New York.  San Francisco 49ers (2-14):  Even if the records match, they should be a better team than Chip Kelly’s 2-14 club from 2016. But the talent base is largely deficient and so is the players’ familiarity with what new coaches want AFC WEST  Oakland Raiders (11-5):  They open the season them to do on either side of the ball. with three of four on the road and play their final two games AFC EAST  New England Patriots (16-0):  Is it bold? Sure. away from Oakland, including the season’s final Monday Kinda. But it’s not like Tom Brady hasn’t gone 16-0 before ... night affair on the East Coast (Philadelphia). In between, (and, really, wouldn’t he and Bill Belichick secretly love to add they’ll play three consecutive homes games on two separate 19-0 to their otherwise incomparable resumes?). And from the occasions, but one of those will occur against the Patriots FWIW department, Brady went 14-1 last season and appears in Mexico City — not exactly The Black Hole.  Los Angeles to be surrounded by an even better cast now, especially if Chargers (9-7): Plenty to overcome, most notably adaptation Rob Gronkowski is, in fact, back to 100%. The division should to a new city and the smallest venue in the league (the Stubbe a cakewalk, and even one of New England’s toughest Hub Center will host its first NFL games in Weeks 2-4). Then road games — against the Raiders — will be at a neutral site there are personnel changes coming to the offensive line (Mexico City). The most difficult stretch comes from Weeks and a major schematic overhaul defensively. Still, the Bolts 13-15, when the Pats play at Buffalo, at Miami (where they typi- have done a nice job restocking their talent pool, especially cally struggle) and at Pittsburgh coming off a short week Dec. on defense, and have the juice to be L.A.’s first playoff club 17.  Miami Dolphins (7-9):Coming off a playoff campaign in since the 1993 Raiders.  Kansas City Chiefs (8-8): Of their five coach Adam Gase’s rookie season, much obviously rides non-divisional road opponents, four were playoff teams last on the health  and continued development of Ryan Tanne- year (Patriots, Texans, Cowboys, Giants) ... as if their AFC West hill. The schedule isn’t all that friendly, with trips to the West battles didn’t present challenge enough. But if the Chiefs can Coast, London, a road date with Baltimore on a Thursday hold it together until December, playing at Arrowhead from and December trips to Buffalo and Kansas City.Buffalo Bills Weeks 14-16 could give them a decisive edge. Denver Bron(4-12):  New regime. New schemes. Tough schedule against cos (7-9): They’ve got major questions at quarterback ... and the NFC South and AFC West. New York Jets (1-15):Some Jets running back ... and on both lines. Also, a schedule frontloadfans would tell you this is a glass half-full assessment. The ed with home games and a Week 5 bye means the Broncos first two games are on the road and so are three of the last won’t be in Denver for seven of the final 11 weeks. four. AFC playoffs Wild card: (6) Chargers def. (3) Titans; (4) RaidAFC NORTH Pittsburgh Steelers (12-4): With the exception ers def. (5) Ravens of an October foray to Kansas City, which concludes an open- Divisional:  (4) Raiders def. (2) Steelers; (1) Patriots def. (6) ing stretch of four of six on the road, Pittsburgh’s most chal- Chargers lenging non-divisional games will occur at Heinz Field.  Bal- AFC Championship Game: (1) Patriots def. (4) Raiders timore Ravens (9-7):  Maybe a little heat on John Harbaugh NFC playoffs Wild card: (6) Giants def. (3) Cowboys; (4) Seaafter missing postseason three of the past four years. Tough break hosting the Steelers on Oct. 1 just seven days after hawks def. (5) Buccaneers playing in London. (NOTE: In our projection, the Ravens were Divisional: (2) Packers def. (4) Seahawks; (1) Falcons def. (6) seeded ahead of the Chargers due to a superior record in Giants common games played.) Cincinnati Bengals (5-11): The offen- NFC Championship Game: (2) Packers def. (1) Falcons sive line’s outlook is troubling, to say the least, especially with Super Bowl LII: Patriots def. Packers three consecutive road games against stout defensive teams story credit: usatoday.com

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Packers once during Weeks 12-15. New Orleans Saints (88): Same old Saints? Adding Adrian Peterson to the backfield provides great intrigue, yet this team still looks like it will be in a shootout every week. And will it survive the first month? The Saints open with three of four on the road, including a game in London, and their only Superdome game in that stretch is a visit from former WR Brandin Cooks and the Patriots.Carolina Panthers (7-9): Cam Newton has a surgically rebuilt arm and must settle into a surgically rebuilt offense that could be a real departure from what typically made Carolina successful before last year’s disaster. October looks rough with just one of five games in Charlotte, and that’s a tough Thursday nighter against Philly.

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Lover’s quiz BY ANGELA POMPELLI-BUTLER betweenthesheets@rocketmail.com

“Since sex is mainly driven by emotions, some actually never speak in depth to each other about their bedroom behavior”. Whether you have been with your partner forever, or just became an item, there is always something new to learn about one another in the bedroom. Since sex is mainly driven by emotions, some actually never speak in depth to each other about their bedroom behavior. After a 10-year marriage, I can honestly say we still have new moments of intimacy that we have not experienced before. If you or your partner feel stuck in a rut, here are 10 go to questions that may change the game for both of you! 1.) What can we do to romance each other during the day in anticipation of sex? 2.) Would you be interested in using sex toys? Which ones? • Dildo • Vibrator • Penis Ring • Others 3.) Which love making positions would you like to try the next time we have sex? For example, whom would you like on top, do you like it during the day or at night, do you prefer doggie style, etc… 4.) What would you enjoy doing during foreplay? How long would you like foreplay to last before having intercourse? 5.) Is anal sex or anal play something you would be willing to try? 6.) What kind of fantasizing in the bedroom is OK with you? 7.) Where are two places you would like to make love outside of our bedroom? 8.) Are you the high desire or low desire spouse? 9.) How many times a week would you like to have sex? 10.) What would you like to see me wear or not wear during sex? Although these questions may sound simple, you would be surprised at how many people are surprised about the answers their partner give. You may find that you are both on the same page, or you may find that you are on completely different playing fields. The only way to find out is to ask, and keep an open line of communication. Either way, it’s a fun little quiz that may lead to an unexpected night of passion! — Kisses,

Angela If you have a story, comment or question you would like to share with BTS, please email me at betweenthesheets@rocketmail.com.


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The music scene has sadly lost another genius in 2017: on July 20th, Chester Bennington of Linkin Park fame was found dead in his Palos Verdes home in Los Angeles, California. The cause of death was ruled to be a suicide by hanging.

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He was 41. Linkin Park became a household name in 2001 with the release of their album, Hybrid Theory, selling more than 4.8 million copies during the first year. Chester’s voice showcased his many emotions, ranging from sadness  to rage to hope, which was highlighted on “Crawling,” “One Step Closer” and “In The End.” The band’s dark yet brilliant

lyrics influenced an influx of teenagers and adults who were conflicted within themselves, but didn’t have the ability to properly put it into words. But that’s where Linkin Park came in.   The combination of Mike Shinoda r ap p i n g al ongsi de Chester’s unparalleled voice became anthems for those who desperately needed it. In a time when music was beginning to mimic the almost-forgotten grunge scene and alternative music was now all the rage, Linkin Park held their own among heavy-hitting bands.  Most importantly, the band remained relevant and present even after that scene lost steam.

Eerily, Chester’s suicide mimicked the suicide of his close friend, Chris Cornell. He also killed himself on what would have been Chris’ 53rd birthday. Chester was said to have been distraught over the loss of his pal and even wrote an open letter to the late Soundgarden singer which read, “I can’t imagine a world without you in it. I pray you find peace in the next life.”  Linkin Park has set up a tribute website [ Chester.LinkinPark.com ] in memory of Chester Bennington where fans can post memories of the lead singer, as well as find resources for those who struggle with depression and suicidal thoughts.

HOPELESS FOUNTAIN KINGDOM – REVIEW OF HALSEY – Hopeless Fountain Kingdom was written with two themes in mind: Halsey’s personal struggles, and what is perceived as a modern take on Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet — where the gender roles are reversed.  (Genius!) The album begins with the prologue from Romeo and Juliet (“Two households, both alike in dignity…”) and in “Alone”, Halsey tells the story of two star-crossed lovers observing each other from a distance at a party but staying away from each other for good reason.”I know you’re dying to meet me, but I can just tell you this, baby as soon as you meet me, you’ll wish you never did,” she sings. Throughout the whole album, listeners are treated to the tale of two people who wanted to be together, and in the end, couldn’t be — but they enjoyed it while they could. Hopeless Fountain Kingdom is theatrical, bold and raw with lyrics that reveal her vulnerability, despite her tireless approach to wanting her audience to think she is anything but. Anyone who is looking for an album to get lost in, this is it. Enjoy.


MUSIC NEWS Justin Bieber Cancels “Purpose” tour Justin Bieber recently caused waves when he canceled the remaining dates of his “Purpose” tour, due to what his rep described as “unforeseeable circumstances” after 18 months of touring.

He’s right. While Justin has exhibited signs of self-entitled behavior throughout the years, you have to acknowledge that he went from being anonymous to growing up in the public eye — and he did it on a level that gained the type of fandom that rivals The Beatles’. It would be senseless to act like we don’t already know that children who ‘grow up in the industry’ sometimes end up damaged when they grow out of it.

Justin, frantic now, gets out of his car, trying to get help as the paps click away. The whole time, only a few stop to actually help the guy who has allegedly been hurt. The others know they’ll get something out of having the whole experience documented. The saddest part? A crest-fallen Justin asks, “Are you guys worried about me or this guy? Put your cameras down.” The flashes go off furiously as the guy wails in pain. If the past few years (and 2007’s Britney Spears) have taught us anything, it’s that celebrities often fight demons we never know about until it’s too late. And why should we? It’s not our business. It’s theirs. But as fans, we have a responsibility to support our idols in good times AND in bad times. Losing music icons to suicides, like Chris Cornell or Chester Bennington, should open the eyes of music fans everywhere. If you support the person, you should support their personal lives too. That’s what real fans do.

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Nowadays, it’s nearly impossible to do anything that won’t result in a response — especially if you’re famous. The Internet had hostile reactions to the tour’s cancellation and the tour’s crew members spoke out about being left behind — but John Mayer (unlikely voice of reason) put things in perspective when he tweeted: “When someone pulls remaining dates on a tour, it means they would have done real damage to themselves if they kept going… We’ve lost so many great artists lately. I give Justin (thumbs up emoji) for realizing it was time to call it. You should too.”

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It was reported later that the singer chose to pull the plug in order to focus on his faith. In the past few months, Justin has been seen spending a lot of time with Hillsong church pastor, Carl Lentz, and he’s also been spotted multiple times in Montclair, NJ where Lentz lives.

At the time this was written, Justin had just been involved in an accident with a photographer. You get a good sense of what it must be like to be him while watching the paparazzi footage from the scene. You see a photographer — among many — run around his truck, chasing to get his shot, while blocking Justin’s way. Then he appears to fall. All of a sudden, the crowds of paparazzi chasing Justin begin to film the photographer who got hit. Why? Because Justin Bieber was the one who hit him.


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