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Where Amazing Happens June 2, 2009

All my life, my greatest dream has been to become a professional athlete. Unfortunately, my genes won’t allow me to do that. Maybe I should have set my sights on the national spelling bee, because Indians rock that shit every year. But as far as actual sports, I’m limited to mostly wondering “what if”.

In any case, I bring this up because a friend of mine asked recently if I had the choice would I:

A)     Catch a game-winning TD

B)      Sink a game-winning bucket

C)      Hit a walk off homerun

I thought about this for about 5 seconds and answered B. And not because it’s the most popular sport (Football is) or the least physically demanding (Baseball is) or because you get paid the most (probably baseball again, unless you’re a top-tier basketball talent).

It’s because of the celebration afterwards. Think about it. Football players are flagged and penalized and hounded by media talking heads for doing anything remotely exciting. Baseball players are similarly taken to task for “not respecting the game” and baseball players in general tend to be pretty boring anyway (when Jose Reyes is considered to be an entertaining personality, you have a problem).

The NBA isn’t my favorite league by a long stretch, but part of what brings me back to the game every All-Star game and playoff series is the characters involved. Only in basketball do you get see guys like Ron Artest, Stephen Jackson, Rafer Alston, Chris “The Bird Man” Anderson and countless other completely insane characters get on a national stage. And with a collection of insane characters you also get the best celebrations.

And with all that said, here it is: a list of my favorite NBA celebrations.

#9. Sam Cassel’s Big Huevos dance, as demonstrated by Kobe

Minus points for ripping off Sam Cassel. Minus points for going on to lose the game after doing said dance. Plus points for the sheer awesomeness of the dance, ripped off or not.

#8. Kobe steals one from the Suns

Minus points for coming after a controversial jump ball call on Nash. Minus points for Kobe stealing another move, this time doing Jordan’s single fist pump. Minus points for the Laker fans not being able to come up with anything better than “MVP” chants. Plus points for the chest beating and thumping by Kobe afterwards. This is not something many other players would do, because many of them are not as self-centered as Kobe and wouldn’t separate from their teammates so soon after a buzzer beater to get some solo camera time. But you gotta give him something for being unique (since he rarely is, ha!).

#7. Dwayne Wade wants you to recognize

Dwayne Wade makes the running 3 after picking up the loose ball, then runs over to the scorer’s table and hops on top of it. He just demands that everyone look up to him and celebrate his greatness. A Kobe-esque move, where the celebration is all about the player and not the team. But the difference is that the Heat suck and his teammates didn’t deserve shit. Also have to love the look on Brad Miller’s face. Well done.

#6. When you know it’s good without having to see it

A classic Jordan. The cameraman doesn’t even have to follow the shot , because Jordan started celebrating right after he let go of the ball. Of course, Craig Ehlo in the background falling down is what really puts the finishing shine on this game winner.

#5. Reggie Miller beats Jordan, loses his mind

First, you have to love Reggie’s play here. He shoved Jordan out the way, giving MJ a taste of his own medicine (see “Classic Jordan”, below). This is back before the NBA decided to pansify the game; nowadays, you’d probably get 5-to-life for that move. But the best part is Reggie’s reaction. Even in 1998, with Jordan on the decline, beating MJ in a playoff game like this was so unspeakable that it caused even the coolest, most clutch shooter in the game to completely lose his mind.

4. Ben Gordon has something to show you.

Grabbing your balls after a huge shot in one of the all-time great games in NBA history– something the league will predictably cut out of their classic games footage, but I will remember this moment fondly. For the record, this is my celebration of choice if I were to ever be in that position.

#3. Classic Jordan

Jordan basically invents the “freeze your follow through” move. This occurs in 1998, well after Jordan had already cemented his legacy. He doesn’t have anything to prove, so now it’s just about style points. Look at the faces of the Utah fan at 0:46. That’s the face of someone who realizes that they always knew in their hearts that weren’t going to win. Jordan had that kind of effect.

#2. Lebron’s Jordan moment

Listen to the dead silence before the shot and eruption of sound after it. Watch for Mo William’s disbelieving collapse on the court and Lebron just losing it and sprinting down the court to join his teammates after the shot. Check out Stan Van Gundy’s “well, what are you going to do” face at 0:55. Awesome.

#1. Baron Davis shares a moment with the best fans in the NBA

Why is this #1? Because this celebration is noteworthy not just for the player involved, but for the fans and teammates’ reaction.

Allow me to set the scene. The Golden State Warriors, hailing from one of the most hard-luck cities in the USA (Oakland, Calif.), are playing in their first playoff game in 13 years. The Warriors sport one of the most eclectic starting lineups in the NBA, with team leader Baron “Boom Dizzle” Davis, Stephen “Captain Jack” Jackson, Monta “Mississippi Bullet” Ellis, and Matt “Needs a Cool Nickname” Barnes.  These are guys with tons of talent, tons of character, and tons of tattoos, but not a ton of star power.

They also had an equally off-beat home crowd, who weren’t priced out of the arena by richer corporate types that had taken over every other playoff team’s stands. The result was magic, and this clip showed it all. Look at the reaction by the fan starting at 0:32—pure unadulterated joy and amazement. Nothing exemplifies “Where Amazing Happens” like the look on that fan’s face right there.

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Sara Jean Underwood is a pretty hot knockout May 28, 2009

Filed under: Babes,Lingerie,Playboy,Sexy,Women — allyouneediscourage @ 9:00 am
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Sara Jean Underwood is too hot for clothes, she uses bandanas instead.

Sara Jean Underwood is too hot for clothes, she uses bandanas instead.

Sara Jean Underwood was Playmate of the Year back in 2007 and I think she’s one of the best looking girls I’ve ever seen.  It would be absurd to say she’s got that girl next door type of look since I’ve NEVER seen a girl next door quite like her, but that’s what many people think.  She has an approachable, likable quality about her.  I stumbled upon this photoshoot she did for Blackbelt TV, and I think she looks scorching hot.  So here are the photos.

Sara Jean Underwood makes pink boxing gloves look awesome.

Sara Jean Underwood makes pink boxing gloves look awesome.

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Sara Jean Underwood will win any boxing fight with these gloves


Just how hot can Sara Jean Underwood get?  Too hot to show on WordPress.

This Sara Jean Underwood photo is too hot for this blog

This Sara Jean Underwood photo is too hot for this blog

I want some of Sara Jean Underwood's wheat

I want some of Sara Jean Underwood's wheat


Here are some videos of this babe.

Sara Jean Underwood teaches you Yoga.  Oh My God.

Here’s her speaking about the movie “Miss March”.

Sara Jean Underwood doing a photoshoot for Rockstar Promote

Finally, here’s a beautiful video of Sara Jean Underwood from Playboy Catalog.

 

Angels and Demons is terribly good May 26, 2009

Welcome to the first GUEST post by a friend of mine…you can call him sunpar.  However, I added all the images with my own captions.


Angels and Demons – Movie Review

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When The Da Vinci Code debuted at Cannes nearly 3 years ago, we knew about it.  The Catholic Church spoke out against it, the film gained worldwide notoriety, and the circus was soon in full effect. Bishops railed against its inaccuracies, protesters camped out in front of movie theaters, and one 61-year-old Catholic nun protested outside Lincoln Cathedral by praying on her knees for 12 hours.  In Manila the film was rated ‘R18’, while India, always sensitive to religious controversy, banned the film outright in certain areas.  Believers were asked to boycott the film, the actors, and Sony itself (stop buying their ridiculously overpriced and impractical gadgets, surely that will teach those heathens!).  And at every step, the Media hounded us with updates, beating the story to death and force-feeding the carcass to the public on a daily basis.

In comparison to the event and the faux cultural significance that accompanied The Da Vinci Code, the release of the sequel, Angels and Demons, barely registered.  Sure, there is the requisite Today Show segment and the odd Times Square billboard as well as a few half-assed reviews in various publications; but the heart just doesn’t seem to be in it.  I even remarked to Chris on my way down to the appropriate theater that I’d just passed five other movies that I’d rather see.

There's no national treasure in this movie, only conveniently placed statues that point the right way.

There's no national treasure in this movie, only conveniently placed statues that point the right way.

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Ewan McGregor is in this movie too.

The reason for the relatively quiet opening of Angels and Demons is that the upshot of the entire hullabaloo over The Da Vinci Code was a movie that grossed over three-quarters of a billion dollars worldwide in 2006, including (at the time) the third largest opening weekend in US history.  The Academy’s nominations for best film, which included the exquisite Babel and the endearing Little Miss Sunshine, were virtually invisible next to such widespread interest.  Code obliterated even the summer blockbusters, making nearly as much money as the third X-Men movie and the third Mission Impossible combined.  Clearly if the Catholic Church had planned to deter its flock from straying, they failed miserably.

Or did it?  For once, proper perspective was delivered from Hollywood itself as the film actors’ fought to maintain a semblance of rationality in the midst of the furor.  Tom Hanks, himself a believer, said the story “is loaded with all sorts of hooey and fun kind of scavenger-hunt-type nonsense…  [If critics] are going to take any sort of movie at face value, particularly a huge-budget motion picture like this, [they’d] be making a very big mistake.”  And indeed that was the case: people watched the movie, noted the usual over-the-top Hollywood extravaganza, and went on to their lives.  Evidently, it takes more than a second-rate author and Tom Hanks’ preening charm to fundamentally challenge one’s faith.  Even Hollywood, those Godless mongers of sin, had no such pretensions.  The only lasting impact of the movie for the Catholic Church has been an overwhelmingly positive one.  Tourism to Rome and Vatican City has increased since 2005, when Dan Brown’s book first hit the mainstream.  The movie helped turn viewers onto the rich history and exquisite art of Christianity and if anything has brought some Christians closer to their faith.  The Catholic Church had no reason to be anxious over Brown’s works.  And why should it be; why should the Catholic Church pay mind to this farce of a production?  Is the Smithsonian Institute threatened by National Treasure?

Ewan McGregor is one hood short of a Jedi.

Ewan McGregor is one hood short of a Jedi.

If you think about it, this brilliant line also works in Star Wars.

If you think about it, Ewan McGregor's memorable line in Angels & Demons works in Star Wars.

The greatest flaw of The Da Vinci Code was that it was too respectful of Dan Brown’s work.  It should have treated the novel as National Treasure with arguably even more fantastical theories and conspiracies.  And to that point, credit should go to director Ron Howard and producer Brian Grazer for eschewing any pretensions of transferring (nonexistent) literary value into the sequel.  The point of the movie is no longer to submit Brown’s convoluted conspiratorial yarns to the viewer through long tedious dialogue, but to produce a watchable action movie.

Compared to its predecessor, Angels is refreshingly brisk and active.  Characters die and disappear from the story arc while the main protagonist (Tom Hanks reprising his role as Professor Robert Langdon) wastes nary a moment on sentimental hogwash.  Israeli actress Ayelet Zurer plays the requisite cardboard-cut-out female protagonist counterpart, Vittoria Vetra, who helps “solve” the clues and fit the puzzle together.  The clues themselves are comical and even make the viewer laugh out loud at the absurdity at points.  They are not sufficiently intricate to offer any hint of realism, but then that is probably an endeavor better suited for prose than motion picture.

Stellan Skarsgård is constantly in the wrong in Angels & Demons.

Stellan Skarsgård is constantly in the wrong in Angels & Demons.

Other formulaic devices abound throughout the movie, though perhaps not to its detriment.  Stellan Skarsgård, one of the more recognizable “oh, that guy is in cinema”, plays the always ridiculous role of the constantly wrong authority figure.  His function within the plot is that of the constant nay-sayer and doubter to make the protagonist’s revelations more poignant and significant.  He is Abigail Chase to Hanks’ Ben Gates, Scully to  Hanks’ Mulder.  Ewan McGregor appears as the Carmelengo Patrick McKenna, the rare role for him that does not involve full frontal nudity or sexual deviance.  His character instead serves to progress the plot and add character ambiguity in an otherwise one-dimensional cast.

Stellan Skarsgård in Pirates of The Carribean:  The World's End.

Stellan Skarsgård in Pirates of The Carribean: The World's End.

I went into Angels and Demons expecting crap and hoping it would be over soon.  I came out having witnessed mediocrity and pleasantly surprised it was over so soon.  As a movie judged on its merits alone, The Da Vinci Code was ill-conceived.  It was a movie that did not know if it was a true motion picture or a running dialogue summarizing Dan Brown’s conspiratorial vision.  And with that basis, Angels must regrettably be deemed a success.  This is a movie that unlike its predessor knows what it is: pure summer blockbuster action movie drivel.  Despite the many hundreds of millions Code earned in the box office, there are few who can say it provided a pleasant movie experience.  And although I cannot in good conscience recommend that people spend their money on this National Treasure-esque farce, if that’s the type of movie you seek, Angles and Demons will satisfy you.

 

Megan Fox burning hot in Esquire Magazine, Jonah Hex and Fathom. May 5, 2009

Megan Fox is stunning in a white dress for Transformers 2

Megan Fox is stunning in a white dress for Transformers 2

There’s always room for Megan Fox on this blog.  Her latest shenanigans involve a scorching hot video by Esquire Magazine, hamming it up on the Jonah Hex movie set, and being set to play a raven haired beauty in Fathom, a movie adaptation of a comic book by an artist I actually like.


Megan Fox in ESQUIRE Magazine

Her recently popular magazine shoot is with Esquire Magazine.  They have an exclusive video capturing Megan Fox from the moment she wakes up to what she eats at lunch.  I don’t believe that many women can wake up writhing and arching their back, drink a beer, eat a fat burger and look as good as she does.  It’s a gift.

From the DailyMail:

Photographer Greg Williams shot the hottest actress with a hi-tech Red One camera, which meant he could grab stills of her at the end.  He recorded ten minutes of loosely scripted footage – getting out of bed, rolling around on a pool chair, lighting a barbecue.  “It allowed her to act,” Williams says.  “She could run scenes without being reminded by the sound of a shutter every four seconds that I was taking a picture.” Williams was then left with ten minutes of footage which he turned into a mini-film called ‘Good Morning, Megan Fox.’

Megan Fox sleeping and waking up

Megan Fox sleeping and waking up

Megan Fox jumps right into her clothes

Megan Fox jumps right into her clothes

Megan Fox lounges by the pool

Megan Fox lounges by the pool

Megan Fox chills by the pool with beer and barbecue

Megan Fox chills by the pool with beer and barbecue

Megan Fox fixing her makeup

Megan Fox fixing her makeup

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Megan Fox in Jonah Hex

Megan Fox in a tight corset for the Jonah Hex movie

Megan Fox in a tight corset for the Jonah Hex movie

Megan has also been caught recently wearing a slinky costume with a tiny midsection on the Jonah Hex movie set.  She squeezed her 22in waist into an 18in corset meaning her waist is about 6 inches across.  That sounds like a reasonable torture to look hot.  She stars as Leila opposite Josh Brolin who plays Jonah Hex.  The movie is about some ridiculous bounty hunter fighting a voodoo practitioner that raises an undead army out in the wild west.

Megan Fox plays Leila, gun-wielding love interest of Jonah Hex

Megan Fox plays Leila, gun-wielding love interest of Jonah Hex

From the DailyMail:

“When Megan first slipped into it she almost couldn’t breathe,” said a source.  “It’s extremely tight – but I think you’ll all agree she looks sensational.”

“Megan’s got an intriguing role in the film,” said the source.  “By day she’s the epitome of respectability – by night she’s a man-eating vice girl.  And without giving too much away I can tell you she’s one hot ticket in some sizzling scenes.”

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/tvshowbiz/article-1176831/Waisting-away-wild-west-Megan-Foxs-corset-whittles-waist-just-SIX-inches-wide.html

It’s been rumored that her character is a prostitute.  I heartily approve this decision.  Bravo!


Megan Fox in Fathom

Aspen Matthews is the main character in Michael Turner's Fathom

Aspen Matthews is the main character in Michael Turner's Fathom

Her next big project will be Fathom, a comic book series adapted for the big screen.  Megan Fox plays Aspen Matthews, a marine biologist who is the victim of an attack at an underwater research station.  Aspen finds that her anatomy is not quite human and eventually discovers that she’s part of an underwater race hiding from humanity called The Blue.  This race and their city is like Atlantis, very technologically advanced and apprehensive of humans.  Aspen is abducted and they attempt to use her as a weapon since certain members of the Blue can manipulate water and energy.  She finds that she’s more powerful than she could have ever imagined.  Chaos ensues.  She fights bad guys.  People die.  World is changed forever.  Sounds like it could be epic right?

She definitely has the looks to pull off Aspen Matthews.  I photoshopped these set of pictures together so you can see a side by side comparison.

Megan Fox will be Aspen Matthews in Fathom

Megan Fox will look scorching hot as Aspen Matthews in Fathom

Aspen Matthews from Fathom and Megan Fox

Aspen Matthews from Fathom and Megan Fox

From MTV:

The 22-year-old actress claims to have been a lifelong comic reader with a penchant for the late Michael Turner’s artwork — which is why her upcoming turn as the lead character in “Fathom” is nothing short of a dream come true.  “[‘Fathom’ is] a comic book property by my favorite artist, Michael Turner,” Fox told USA Weekend during a photo shoot with herself and soon-to-be “Green Hornet” star Seth Rogen.  “It’s about this underwater race of people, and it’s plausible, really, because so much of the ocean is unexplored.  We don’t really know what’s under there.  It could be happening, which I like.”

Aspen Matthews in Fathom uses her powers to dissolve in water

Aspen Matthews in Fathom uses her powers to dissolve in water

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Like Megan Fox, I also like Michael Turner’s creative work, he does some fantastic and unique looking art.  I’ve been following his work since I was in high school.  The Fathom movie was planned to be directed by James Cameron back in the late 90s, but that obviously never happened.  I’m glad it didn’t happen until now because there wasn’t a suitable brunette to play this role back in the 90s.  Megan Fox saves the day again.  It must be a tough life being a heroine all the time.

Megan Fox wearing motorcycle leathers for Transformers 2

Megan Fox wearing motorcycle leathers for Transformers 2

 

New High-Res Transformers 2 Trailer and Megan Fox May 1, 2009

Filed under: Entertainment,Megan Fox,Movies,Shia Labeouf — allyouneediscourage @ 8:48 pm
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Wow I was just browsing through Jalopnik, a car enthusiast website when I saw the new Transformers 2 trailer in high-res.

I just want to help spread the trailer around the internet and show some high-res scans.  The trailer is at the bottom of the post.  Enjoy!!!

Optimus Prime and Sam Witwicky played by Shia Labeouf

Optimus Prime and Sam Witwicky played by Shia Labeouf

Mikaela Banes played by Megan Fox

Mikaela Banes played by Megan Fox

Sexy Megan Fox mounting a motorcycle

Sexy Megan Fox mounting a motorcycle

Josh Duhamel and Tyrese Gibson play soldiers

Josh Duhamel and Tyrese Gibson play soldiers

Optimus Prime with his swords out

Optimus Prime with his swords out

Bumblebee with mask on

Bumblebee with mask on

Decepticons find Megatron at the bottom of the ocean

Decepticons find Megatron at the bottom of the ocean

Bumbleebee and Autobots search a temple for the secret

Bumbleebee and Autobots search a temple for the secret


This latest trailer shows quite a bit of what will be in the movie and it’s looking really awesome.  When the Transformers musical score comes on, this whole movie starts to have an epic feeling.  I have to give a standing ovation to the visual effects teams on this movie.  They are just insane at their craft.  I mean they are blending in towering transforming robots with people and scenes…and it’s absolutely mind blowing.

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Wall Street 2 in pre-production, Douglas and Stone are back April 30, 2009

Filed under: Capitalism,Entertainment,Movies,Wall Street — allyouneediscourage @ 3:05 pm
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Wall Street came out in 1987, 22 years later a sequel is planned.

Wall Street came out in 1987, 22 years later a sequel is planned.

I just heard yesterday that Michael Douglas and Oliver Stone are coming back with a sequel to their 1987 hit “Wall Street”.

Michael Douglas is going to show us the money again as Gordon Gekko and Oliver Stone is set to direct.  Shia Labeouf is also rumored to be negotiating a stock trader role in this movie.

20th Century Fox spokesman Gregg Brilliant said the project is timely and relevant given the state of the world.  “We need to keep the story line under wraps, but it’s literally ripped from today’s headlines,” Brilliant said.  “It’s going to be very big and very cool.”

In the original film,  Bud Fox played by Charlie Sheen was a young and impatient stockbroker willing to do anything to get to the top, including trading on illegal inside information taken from a ruthless corporate raider.  Gordon Gekko was a symbol of Wall Street greed and corruption during the boom era of the 1980s.  Wall Street is a cult classic film like Boiler Room.  It’s a movie that I can just watch over and over again.

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“Gekko has endured because audiences give him the “same kind of respect we’ve got for the great white shark,” Douglas said in an interview Friday with Associated Press Television News for his upcoming life-achievement award from the American Film Institute.

“He’s a villain. Gordon Gekko is a great, old-fashioned villain,” Douglas said.  “And, interestingly enough, if you look at most actors’ careers, their biggest achievement, not necessarily success, but (achievement), is playing a bad guy.”

Man, I am so excited for this movie, you guys have no idea.  I think the plot is going to be pretty epic but predictable.  With all the events that have happened in this financial collapse, they have so much material to work with for this movie.  Credit default swaps, mortgage backed securities, shady rating agencies anyone?  Haha.  I will update as news comes in for this.

 

Jenson Button has the chance to win the 2009 F1 championship April 16, 2009

Filed under: 2009,Cars,F1 — allyouneediscourage @ 9:27 pm
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I’ll keep this one short.  I’m so glad that Jenson Button finally has a real opportunity to win this Formula 1 season.

Jenson Button is now on the Brawn GP team.

Jenson Button is now on the Brawn GP team.

He used to be on the Honda team which was bought out by engineer Ross Brawn.  Jenson Button is now a part of the Brawn GP team.  They have a very competitive and well running car, and if you combine that with the years of experience that Ross Brawn has, Jenson Button can actually compete on the level I always thought he could.  His driving style can be described as…very smooth.  I always thought the car he drove held him back, and that’s not just a personal opinion.  The Honda F1 car sucked every season.

There was a lot of controversy this season over Brawn GP’s use of a rear diffuser that aids greatly in downforce.  The other teams interpreted the 2009 rules differently and didn’t have the design on their cars.  As a result, the established front-runners like Ferrari and Renault have been blown away by the pace of Brawn GP, Toyota, and Williams.  However, the FIA International Court of Appeal has recently ruled in favor of the trick diffuser.  So the designs run by Brawn GP, Toyota, and Williams are now officially legal, but it won’t be long before the other teams implement the same exact thing…with some extremely radical changes to their cars of course.  When that happens, we’ll be sure to see some change in the standings.

From Autoblog

Ross Brawn has been called out specifically by both Bernie Ecclestone and Renault’s Flavio Briatore because he is the technical representative for the Formula One Teams Alliance.  Both accused him in a roundabout way of using the rules to his advantage from his privileged position and leaving the others in the dust.  In reply, Brawn said “I did explain that I felt we should have a different set of rules to simplify what needed to be done. I offered them, and they were rejected. We needed to clean the rules up, but nobody was interested.  They’re interested now.”

The Brawn GP controversial diffuser and inlet as seen from the rear

The Brawn GP controversial diffuser and inlet as seen from the rear

Nigel Mansell on this whole issue from Sports Scotsman

“The biggest problem they [Ferrari, Red Bull and Renault] have is that they didn’t think about it [first],” he said.

“Williams have done a stunning job, obviously, as have Brawn GP and a few other teams. The others have been caught with their pants down and they don’t like it.  It’s all credit to the officials for saying that those cars are within the regulations and they cannot see anything wrong with them. But if one of those cars wins and the appeals are upheld, then they will lose the race and that will be a terrible start for what should be a fantastic year ahead.”

The diffuser is the rear part of the floor of the car between the rear wheels and under the rear wing.  Small changes to the set-up can have a big impact on downforce, and therefore grip and speed.  Rivals believe the controversial diffusers could give a lap-time benefit of as much as 0.5 seconds.

But beyond this controversy, Mansell believes that reigning world champion Lewis Hamilton is experiencing a reality check at the moment.
After finishing 16th in the first 90-minute practice session yesterday, Hamilton then ended the second session 1.5 seconds faster – but down in 18th position.

Mansell said:  “I don’t think Lewis realised that when he joined Formula One he walked into the best team with the best car and it shouldn’t be as easy as he made it look.  “Now he’s finding out that if you haven’t got the car quite right you can be off the pace.”

I think Jenson Button will still be very competitive though even with other teams catching up technically.  The diffuser isn’t the only thing making the difference.  He actually has a competitive car this time and a team that can support him much better.