Mantenna - Monday, October 25

October 25, 2010

Katy Perry and Russell Brand finally wed, reggae legend Gregory Isaacs dies at 59, and Steve Nash is brimming with a lack of confidence...get the Mantenna for nothin' and the chicks for free!

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Katy Perry and Russell Brand Wed

Katy Perry and Russell Brand are officially husband and wife. The 25-year-old singer married the 35-year-old actor/comedian in a lavish Indian ceremony. The couple spared no expense and featured an “over-the-top procession of 21 camels, elephants and horses, plus dancers and musicians.” The wedding ceremony was officiated by a Hindu priest. Both Perry and Brand wore traditional Indian wedding outfits with Perry reportedly wearing a sari and a traditional Indian nose ring. She also had henna tattoos painted on her hands. About 80 close friends and family attended the ceremony, including singer Rihanna and rap mogul P Diddy. The couple got engaged in India last year after meeting at the MTV VMAs in 2008. [Us]

The Walkman Bows Out

Production of the Sony Walkman has officially come to an end. Launched in 1979, the portable cassette-playing device was the iPod of the 1980s. The device was a phenomenon and changed the way people listened to music. Sony stopped production of the Walkman in April and sales will end once the last batch leaves stores. The announcement of its demise comes almost exactly a decade after the first iPods hit stores in October 2001. Sony sold more than 200 million units of the device across the world. [NY Daily News]

Reggae Legend Gregory Isaacs Dies at 59

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Legendary reggae star Gregory Isaacs passed away today at the age of 59 following a long battle with lung cancer. Isaacs gained iconic status in Jamaica in the 1970s by putting down landmark recordings at Lee "Scratch" Perry's Black Ark Studio and Bob Marley's Tuff Gong studio. Following years of drug addiction, Isaacs played his final gig at England's The Big Chill festival last August. His wife Linda stated: "Gregory was well-loved by everyone, his fans and his family, and he worked really hard to make sure he delivered the music they loved and enjoyed." RIP Gregory Isaacs. [BBC]

Steve Nash Brimming with Lack of Confidence

The NBA season kicks off tomorrow and Steve Nash really likes what he sees with his franchise. "To be honest, if I was outside this picture and a betting man, I would probably pick us to be outside of the playoffs considering all the changes and the new guys. Maybe we need to take a step back, regroup, be a little bit more patient, build a really good team and see how good we can be later in the year instead of jumping out of the gate and be like, 'Oh, we've got to finish top two or three in the West and give ourselves a chance to win the West and go to the Finals.' That stuff can come if we really improve, but we can't put that type of pressure on ourselves right away because we are a new team." Part of being a good leader is lowering expectations and killing the dreams of people who believe in you. It's just good basketball. [SB Nation]

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers Will No Longer Employ Drug Dealers, Mediocre Running Backs Still Welcome

Following his marijuana arrest over the weekend, Tampa Bay Buccaneers Tight End Jerramy Stevens has been released by the team. According to Yahoo! Sports "Police said 38 grams of marijuana was found in the truck. Stevens was taken to jail and charged with possession of marijuana with intent to sell and possession of drug paraphernalia." If you incorporate "grams of pot" into your fantasy football scoring system, Stevens was a real positive player this week. [Yahoo!]


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Friday, October 22

Thursday, October 21

Wednesday, October 20

Tuesday, October 19

Monday, October 18

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