Grady Brewer wins The Contender 2 by split decision

Grady Brewer won The Contender 2 by split decision, defeating Steve Forbes in what the ESPN commentators called an “upset.” Two judges scored the fight 96-94, but one for Forbes and one for Brewer. The other judge scored 97-93 for Brewer. He won $500,000 and a truck.

In the undercard fight, K9 won by knock-out in round 7, defeating Bravo.

I’m sure actual boxing fans think differently, but The Contender has ruined me for watching live fights. While there are some exciting moments, they seem kind of boring without slow motion, sound effects, and enhanced crowd noises. The show may have helped bring boxing back into the national conversation, but may have actually hurt the sport, or at least those bouts that are televised without the help of editors.

Brewer wins a close one when it counts [ESPN]

The Quest ends its journey stronger than it began

Verlox from The Quest

A review of the finale of summer's best reality series, which wasn't always perfect but was thoroughly entertaining right down to the finish, which included phenomenal challenges and special effects. Will ABC give it a second season?

Plus: an interview with the actor who played Verlox and the ogre.


Shark Tank is getting a spin-off

Shark Tank

Companies that get deals on the show will be followed for this new spin-off.

Also: Before the show began, Shark Barbara Corcoran was cast and then replaced--but then she sent this amazing e-mail and won the job.

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