Jon Yarbrough :: From One Foosball Table to BILLIONAIRE

Filed under: Cool Ish, Money

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This story is nothing short of incredible. From time to time, here on TOW, we post something from the latest forbes rich persons list – we’ve done DJ’s, Hip Hop dudes, team owners, but this is a great story. This guy, a newcomer to this years Forbes 400 aka, the 400 richest people in the United States, there is a cat called Jon Yarbrough whose story is something anyone reading here on TOW can relate too.

Apparently, his wealth all started with one foosball table when he was in college:

Before becoming a video game entrepreneur, Yarbrough was a college student trying to earn an engineering degree at Tennessee Tech. “I started playing a lot of foosball, in tournaments,” Yarbrough recalls, “and then I got an internship at NASA, working on the Viking probes.” Upon his return from his internship in California, with a new foosball table he bought to keep practicing, the entrepreneurial spirit kicked in.

“When I came back from California, I wasn’t thinking about starting a business,” he tells Forbes. Rather, with limited room where he was living, he needed a place to store the foosball table. A local saloon owner agreed to keep it for him as long as they split the quarters. “After the first week, I took out the cash box and found $200; I had paid $500 for the table,” recalls Yarbrough, “So I bought more foosball tables, took out school loans, and eventually got into video games. I purchased Space Invaders….”

This is one of the best “how-I-got-rich” stories I’ve ever heard.

Now, obviously, the guy is probably brilliant (hello, NASA) and an extremely shrewd businessman, because you don’t get to being a billi without having the chops, but its great that his story started out so innocently.

And with a game that from time to time all of us has played and played a lot.

I’m going to go out on a limb and just automatically make him a member of BPFC, the Bumpy Pitch Foosball Club Los Angeles…. if you are reading this Mr. Yarbrough, let us know what size shirt you wear, we might have to do a fresh run and send you a few of our BP Foosball Club shirts. Lettuceknow.

There is a lot more to his story, make sure you check it out at

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Trailer Alert :: “TAKEN 3″ aka TAK3N

Filed under: Culture & Lifestyle, Movies, Trailers

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Liam Neeson returns as ex-covert operative Bryan Mills, whose reconciliation with his ex-wife is tragically cut short when she is brutally murdered. Consumed with rage, and framed for the crime, he goes on the run to evade the relentless pursuit of the CIA, FBI and the police. For one last time, Mills must use his “particular set of skills,” to track down the real killers, exact his unique brand of justice, and protect the only thing that matters to him now – his daughter.

TAK3N stars Liam Neeson, Forest Whitaker, Famke Janssen, and Maggie Grace. Also starring are Dougray Scott, Sam Spruell, Leland Orser

In Theaters – January 9, 2015

* This trailer is perfect.

In this trailer, Forest says, quote, If you go down this road, the LAPD, the FBI, the CIA, they’re all going to come for you… unquote. How ridiculous is that! I love it.

I don’t ask for much from movies. Movies rarely change my life, but there are specific things I need from specific movies. I need my PTA movies to be more ridiculously insane every time around. I need my Fast and Furious movies to be Faster and more Furiouser with better cars and horrible dialog every time around. I need my Taken and Bourne type of movies to have more throat punches and more heads thrown through more glass every time around.

I think they’ve upped the throat punch count, and thats all that matters. I can’t wait. Take my money now.

taken 3 trailer

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The Whiskey Wedge By Corkcicle

Filed under: Culture & Lifestyle

Whiskey Wedge

With the Whiskey Wedge, now you can keep your favorite spirits chilled without watering them down. Each unit comes with one Double-Old Fashioned Whiskey Glass and one silicone mold. Simply add water into the double old fashioned glass, insert the mold, then freeze. The ice forms into a wedge and, similar to a glacier, melts slowly due to the reduced amount of surface area.
Drink with your favorite liquor, liqueur or cocktail for all the taste advantages of “on the rocks”. It’s the perfect gift for any whiskey, bourbon, scotch, or tequila drinker.

~~  Simple, yet brilliant….

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Kendrick Lamar – #LIFTOFF “Lunch Table” Freestyle

Filed under: Culture & Lifestyle, Videos

Kendick Lamar Free

~~ Whoa.  Dude just crushed it.  Again.

Stay up with the LA Leakers…..

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Trailer :: Ouija

Filed under: Culture & Lifestyle, Trailers, Videos

~~ Damn… From the Producers of The Texas Chainsaw Massacre.

In Ouija, a group of friends must confront their most terrifying fears when they awaken the dark powers of an ancient spirit board. Stiles White directs the supernatural thriller that is produced by Platinum Dunes partners Michael Bay, Andrew Form and Brad Fuller alongside Blumhouse Productions? Jason Blum, Bennett Schneir and Hasbro. Juliet Snowden and Stiles White wrote the script for Ouija, and Universal will distribute the film worldwide.

A girl is mysteriously killed after recording herself playing with an ancient Ouija Board, which leads to a close group of friends to investigate this board. They later find out that some things aren’t meant to be played with, especially the other side.

Release :: October 24th

Trailer - Ouija

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Feyenoord v Ajax – One Take Shot

Filed under: Ajax, Culture & Lifestyle, Holland, Technology

Feyenoord-Ajax One-take shot Fox Sports 21.9.2014 from Ben de Graaf on Vimeo.

Sports are not always shot in the most beautiful manner. Maybe they don’t need to be. Or maybe that is not usually the focus. Whatever the case is, Fox Sports TV Director: Job Robbers and Cameraman: Ben de Graaf nailed things with this one take shot of the opening sequence that takes place before kickoff. Shot with a MoVi steadicam, and captured this pre-match moment in a really beautiful and captivating way. As sports and technology continue to collide, we may very well be seeing more shots like this of soccer going forward.

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FIFA Exec. Committee Accomplished a lot at 2-Day meeting and to stop third-party ownership

Filed under: FIFA


via but we bolded the important parts

Chaired by FIFA President Blatter, the FIFA Executive Committee today completed a two-day meeting, the third of the year, at the Home of FIFA in Zurich. The meeting started with a tribute to former FIFA Senior Vice-President Julio Humberto Grondona, who passed away on 30 July.

* Third party ownership

In order to protect the integrity of the game and the players, the Executive Committee took the decision of general principle that third-party ownership of players’ economic rights (TPO) shall be banned with a transitional period. The matter is now back in the hands of the TPO working group, under the chairmanship of Geoff Thompson, for the relevant technical regulations to be drafted. The draft will be submitted to the Players’ Status Committee and then to the Executive Committee for approval.

We’re pretty sure that if you are here you understand what TPO is, but just in case, its owning a player’s economic rights by third-party sources, like agents, sports-management agencies, or “investors” who buy shares in the economic rights of a young player- usually to in effect cover the costs of their training and housing and making sure that they make it to the professional in some way some where and in return they get a percentage of that player’s future transfer fee(s).

* Whats up with the 2018 and 2022 WC’s?

Regarding the current proceedings of the independent Ethics Committee in relation to the awarding of the 2018 and 2022 FIFA World Cups™, the executive welcomed the recent information from the chairman of the adjudicatory chamber, Hans-Joachim Eckert, confirming that a first public statement of the committee’s position with regard to the report of the investigatory chamber is likely to be made at the beginning of November. The executive also demanded that the principle of confidentiality be respected, in accordance with the provisions of the Code of Ethics.

- Sooooo, we won’t be getting any new information here.

* Are we paying attention to concussions and PEDs in our game too?

FIFA’s mission includes the protection of players’ health. In this regard, the executive approved the new protocol proposed by the FIFA Medical Committee for the management of concussion. It also noted with great satisfaction the major reduction in the occurrence of injuries at the FIFA World Cup™ (40 per cent fewer incidents than in 2002) as well as the absence of any positive doping cases at FIFA’s flagship event, where, for the first time at a World Cup, all participating players underwent out-of-competition anti-doping tests in addition to routine in-competition tests. Furthermore, since the new WADA code will be implemented on 1 January 2015 and FIFA, as a signatory of this code, has an obligation to implement the mandatory changes, the executive approved the revised FIFA Anti-Doping Regulations, which include, amongst others, the sanction of a four-year (instead of two-year) ban for cheating with serious doping substances (such as steroids) and calculated doping methods (such as blood doping).

- Those are actually pretty impressive and great numbers. At least they are making their best efforts to clean up the game on the pitch. There will always be problems but they appear to be working toward a satisfactory place. Really glad that their is more focus on this concussion thing, we need to get that figured out.

FIFA did a lot more at this meeting, more after the jump……

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Watch :: Michael Bradley Free Kick Winner against Portland

Filed under: Goals, Highlights, Michael Bradley, MLS News, Highlights, Videos, and Scores | Major League Soccer Highlights

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Michael Bradley puts home a long distance winner leading to a Toronto FC defeat of the Portland Timbers, finishing 3-2.

* This is just one of those free kicks that becomes one of those goals. Perfectly placed … will it be deflected, you want to say that Donovan has to do better, but really, he kind of had no chance with this one. Great kick from Bradley.

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