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Max Mikado

Pro Wrestling Performer & Broadcaster. #HouseOfMikado. Writer. Humorist.
Max Mikado has written 30 posts for i am… theFRANCHISE

Will This Finally Be the Year That COD Falls?

For the first time in years, virtually every major gaming franchise’s newest iteration has garnered mixed reviews, most notably EA Sports’ annual releases of Madden NFL, NCAA Football, FIFA, and NHL. Numbered sequels with years of development are not immune — Square-ENIX’s Final Fantasy XIII-2 and EA’s Mass Effect 3 are the most polarizing titles … Continue reading

I’ve Been Doing it Wrong

I’ve been gone for too long. Far, far too long. I’ve suddenly got the itch to write again, so here’s what I’ll do: no more strict formats, no more self-imposed deadlines. Just writing however I want, whenever I want. I started the blog with the idea that I’d eventually become a brand. Instead, I’ll let … Continue reading

I’ll Be Back…

I know it’s been far too long since I’ve written my last post. But I promise, no matter how long it takes, I’ll be back. Writing is my passion. Whether you love me or hate me, I’ll give you a reason to read — stay tuned.

Sonic Selection: Jay-Z – “Party Life”

Today’s Sonic Selection comes from hip-hop legend Jay-Z (@S_C_) with a track from one of his most critically-acclaimed albums. Jay-Z – “Party Life” From the depths of Jay-Z’s expansive discography comes a track from his critically-acclaimed concept album, American Gangster, inspired by the Denzel Washington film of the same name. “Party Life” is a 4-minute journey akin … Continue reading

James Harrison: Confessions of an NFL Idiot

By now, the story of James Harrison’s Men’s Journal tirade has reached almost every corner of the media-connected world. To recap, the Steelers linebacker unleashed a torrential downpour of profanity and bile in criticizing Roger Goodell; calling out teammates Ben Roethlisberger and Rashard Mendenhall; and insulting former Patriots players-turned-broadcasters Rodney Harrison and Tedy Bruschi. In the midst … Continue reading

Sonic Selection: Keri Hilson – “Alienated”

Today’s Sonic Selection comes from Atlanta R&B songstress and Grammy nominee Keri Hilson (@misskeribaby).  Keri Hilson – “Alienated” A scrapped single during the last legs of her debut album In a Perfect World…, “Alienated” is a wistful love letter laid upon heavy beats and futuristic synths provided by producer Cory Bold. The mid-tempo track is tailor-made for radio, … Continue reading

Rope Break: Rock-Austin III, WrestleMania XIX (2003)

Introducing a new feature to the blog, ROPE BREAK is my selection of favorite pro wrestling matches and moments. Today’s Rope Break is the culmination of an epic in-ring rivalry between two of the biggest names in the history of professional wrestling and modern pop culture in The Rock and Stone Cold Steve Austin. Their match … Continue reading

Sonic Selection: The Killers – “When You Were Young”

Today’s Sonic Selection is an older track from Las Vegas alt-rock band The Killers (@thekillers).  The Killers – “When You Were Young” The lead single from their second studio album Sam’s Town, “When You Were Young” marks a musical coming-of-age for The Killers, as they improved significantly upon their debut with a more mature sound. The heavy … Continue reading

NFL’s Top 100 Players of 2011 is Flawed

As the title states, the NFL Network’s Top 100 Players of 2011 list, as ranked by the players themselves, is flawed. However, I’ll take it a step further: the NFL players are wrong, point-blank, period. – The players don’t always know better — While the implication of my statement is that fans know better, this is far … Continue reading

Album Review: Big Sean – “Finally Famous”

Big Sean – Finally Famous (2011) After several mixtapes and a litany of delays, Big Sean’s major-label debut comes in the form of a release that heartily declares the arrival of one of hip-hop’s promising young stars. However, despite all the accolades heaped upon him since his signing to G.O.O.D. Music, does Finally Famous deliver … Continue reading