The Top Ten Things You Didn’t Know About MiddleEasy

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10.) SiriusXM wanted to give us a show

Back in 2012, SiriusXM contacted us in regards to making a ‘MiddleEasy Radio’ show that would air on a newly-created ‘UFC Channel’ that still hasn’t come to fruition. Once we agreed, they made arrangements for Bauzen, Gary LaPlante, Jason Nawara, and LayzieTheSavage to appear in studios across the country to record a live MiddleEasy demo. This was made directly after the Jon Jones dropping out of UFC 151 debacle, so we were all pretty amped up.

As far as the show, we’ve been getting the same BS run-around from SiriusXM for years now. We’ve been told it’s going to be greenlit since 2012, and the last correspondence I had with them in March 2013, I was told they were going to ‘push for it.’
 Yeah, typical corporate rambling. Regardless, check out this never-before-heard MiddleEasy Radio demo we created for SiriusXM.

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9.) MiddleEasy employees were paid in trafficked drugs

True story, at one point in the history of MiddleEasy, more than one writer/producer wanted to be paid in marijuana edibles that could be obtained at dispensaries in California. Normally this wouldn’t pose a problem, however they didn’t live in California, so all items were shipped through state lines. Of course this made the entire process pretty illegal, so in order to not get busted, I wrapped the package in cellophane, and then packed the box with dryer sheets so there would be no odor emanating from the box.

It seemed to work for months, until one shipment was left in one writer’s apartment receiving office for an entire week during the summer and it started to give off that familiar skunky smell. The apartment complex called the cops to open the package and then they paid a visit to the person’s door. Like a pro he/she, denied any knowledge of the package, but unfortunately we had to stop our half-assed drug trafficking system. Oh, thank you United Postal Service — you guys are fabulous marijuana dealers.

8.) No one has successfully sued MiddleEasy

Before writing this top ten list, I wanted to collect all of the legal threats we’ve received over the years and post them all on MiddleEasy, but we just have far too many of them. From photos we’ve used on banners to items that appeared in our Sunday Morning Rumor Mill, veiled threats from attorneys continue to pile up, and we just ignore them. It’s not that we haven’t read them, we do, but our own legal advisers told us to intentionally ignore them.

However the closest the site actually came to being sued was a few years ago when we published the Tank Abbott vs. Scott Ferrozzo II fight video, that happened in the confine of some dude’s backyard. Apparently they made a website for people to watch the video for a nominal fee of $19.99, however one of my readers found a backdoor on the site which allowed them to give me the entire video for free. I published the fight on MiddleEasy, and the next day the phone calls and emails started to hit. It’s one of the few articles we had to pull from the site simply because it wasn’t worth it to get sued over a Tank Abbott backyard brawl shot on a cellphone camera.

7.) We lost our deal with USA Today over a video of Seth Petruzelli urinating on Tom Lawlor’s girlfriend

Unfortunately with the volatile nature of the internet, this video has been deleted from existence which is a bummer considering it’s the point in MiddleEasy history in which we chose content over money.

Skip back to 2010, Seth Petruzelli released a video on his Facebook page of himself, along with Tom Lawlor and his girlfriend getting nutty in a hotel room. At one point in the video, Petruzelli waits for Lawlor to turn a corner so he can surprise him with a golden stream, but when it’s his girlfriend instead, she catches a urine stream directly in the face. The entire incident was filmed and everyone inside the hotel room nearly convulsed with laughter, so we published it on MiddleEasy.

Hours later I got a phone call from USA Today asking me to take down the video because it might offend advertisers. I told them the entire concept of partnering with MiddleEasy is for us to produce dope stuff and for them to reap the benefits, but with most corporations, they were homogenized and couldn’t understand the drive behind MiddleEasy. They told us to remove the video immediately, and I told them to remove us from our USA Today partnership, and they did.

Since I can’t find the video for you, here’s this photo of Seth Petruzelli strategically applying baby oil on Tom Lawlor.

6.) MiddleEasy used to look like this…

Then it changed to this…

Then we updated the background, changed our color scheme, and switched to this…

We then updated our CMS, went full throttle with the MiddleEasy Network, and made this…

Then we went to this design for about a week, and it made our entire site inoperable.

So the MiddleEasy you’re on right now is actually the sixth incarnation of the site. Pretty nuts, egh?

Published on May 2, 2014 at 8:04 pm
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