The 8 Biggest Complaints Angry Star Wars Fans Seem To Have About The Last Jedi

After two years of waiting, Star Wars: The Last Jedi is finally in theaters and the reaction after its first weekend is surprising, to say the least. While critics have loved the movie, fans are a lot more divided. The Last Jedi has a 93% score on Rotten Tomatoes from critics, while the audience score is currently just 56%. A quick browse through these comments and those on other message boards like Reddit, and you’ll see plenty of comments from people who HATE this movie… while others absolutely love it, and there seem to be a few recurring points as to why some fans don’t love The Last Jedi.

The Last Jedi is odd in the sense that it has some of the best scenes in Star Warsever and also some of the worst, too. Directed and written by Rian Johnson, Star Wars: The Last Jedi was rolling off the good vibes from Star Wars: The Force Awakens. People were not only excited to see several of the well-liked new characters, but it also featured the return of fan-favorite Luke Skywalker. Couple that with the potential to finally learn the gestating mysteries about Rey’s parents, and you’ve got a recipe for hype. However, The Last Jedi didn’t follow the formula or play to expectations, and now some fans have shared what makes them so angry about the sequel. These are the top common points we could find about why The Last Jediis rubbing some Star Wars fans the wrong way.

Sorry, But Snoke Is Dead

Of the many new characters introduced in The Force Awakens, Supreme Leader Snoke (Andy Serkis) was easily one the most discussed online. For two years people developed fan theories about Snoke and his identity, certain that he was being set up for a massive reveal. There was a huge volume of theories debating he was some lost Star Wars character back from the dead, and fans poured over any resource to find some kind of clue about his backstory. Whatever the answer ended up being was bound to disappoint some people, but most don’t seem happy with The Last Jedi’s answer. Snoke is ultimately nobody and he’s dispatched rather quickly (but awesomely) by his pupil, Kylo Ren, with no mention of where he came from or why his face is like that.

People understandably feel burned by this, even though The Force Awakens offers no real hints or gives Snoke any substance based on his screentime. He was just a Palpatine analog and really was never that interesting to begin with. Kylo Ren is, though, and his ascension to Supreme Leader makes for a more compelling villain going forward. An explanation would have been nice, but it likely wouldn’t have stopped the movie cold.

Leia Floating Through Space

Okay, I’ll give you this one; it’s pretty cringy. The Last Jedi does a lot right by Leia, but she is smack dab in the middle of the worst scene in the entire movie (in my humble opinion). The Resistance fleet is being pushed back by The First Order and the command bridge of the Resistance flagship is blasted by a Tie Fighter. All the Resistance leaders are sucked into the coldness of space, including Leia. It’s one of the most surprising moments of the movie (this writer genuinely thought they killed her), but it doesn’t stop there. The camera finds Leia’s body floating in space and lingers in a moment that begins to feel exploitive in a meta way. Then Leia opens her eyes and, using the Force, floats through space and back onto the safety of the ship. It’s… not great. The intent of this was clearly meant to be a beautiful and poetic moment, but it doesn’t really come off that way. It’s not the right kind of cheesy, and it has a tendency to pull the viewer out of the movie, based on comments.

Rey’s Parents

The big one: Rey’s parents. The single most theorized topic from The Force Awakens. Is she a Skywalker? A Kenobi? A clone? The resurrected spirit of Anakin Skywalker? Much like with Snoke, people had built this up way too much in their heads, but unlike with Snoke, The Force Awakens actually teases that there’s more to this. Well, as The Last Jedi tells us, there isn’t. Rey’s parents are just two junk traders who sold their daughter into slavery for beer money. She’s not from some fabled bloodline, destined to save the galaxy. She’s a nobody. All the cool theories were wrong and people are upset that this revelation didn’t live up to their expectations.

However, Rey’s parents being nobodies works really well. It’s great character development for Rey, it’s a subversion, and it plays perfectly into the key theme of The Last Jedi: greatness can come from anywhere. Rey doesn’t need to be tied into another character from Star Wars past to be special or powerful. She is those things simply because she wants to do good. Some think that Kylo Ren was lying (Rian Johnson has gone on record saying he wasn’t), and J.J. Abrams could decide to undo it for Episode IX, but as of now, Rey’s parents are no one special.

Luke Skywalker Meets His End

Expectations were high for Luke Skywalker in The Last Jedi but one of the major points of The Last Jedi is that it does not play to expectations. Rather than being the character that fans remember, Luke has become a recluse and refuses to help Rey on the grounds that it won’t make things any better. He’s given up on the Force and heroics, something that is not sitting well with some fans. People weren’t happy with his grumpy attitude and hermit lifestyle. They want to see him pulling Star Destroyers out the sky with the Force or getting into the most intense lightsaber duel ever with Kylo Ren.

The movie ended up deciding on a different approach to Luke, who technically never leaves Ahch-To. From his isolation, he uses a Force apparition to buy the Resistance time to retreat in a crucial moment (still proving himself to be a badass), and then peacefully dies into the Force while looking at a sunset. For many, Luke’s portrayal was satisfying, but when a childhood character as beloved as Luke dies, people can take it personally. However, given the several decades and all the tragedy Luke has endured, change is only natural.

Too Much Humor

Star Wars has never really been HaHa funny. It’s usually more accidentally funny, but the new trilogy has put in an effort to be funny as well as serious. That’s pretty much just the nature of most blockbusters these days, but something about the humor in The Last Jedi is pushing buttons. Some are calling out the frequent jokes for undercutting the drama, a complaint that crops up with blockbusters from Marvel Studios, for example. Despite the fact that The Force Awakens is also funny, some are taking issue with the number of jokes in The Last Jedi. Poe smarming his way through a call with Hux, or Finn pratfalling while in a leaking bacta suit isn’t the type of humor usually associated with these movies, but that’s what it is now. It’s just the difference in filmmakers and the style of humor in the decades these movies were made in. At least the jokes in The Last Jedi usually hit their mark. I’d rather have a movie with too many good jokes than lots of bad ones that involve an annoying fish man or a bunch of teddy bears.

All The Canto Bight Stuff

At one point in the movie, Finn (John Boyega) and Rose (Kelly Tran Marie) need to journey to the casino city Canto Bight to find a codebreaker who can get them on to a First Order ship. The idea of a Star Wars casino is attractive, but some people aren’t fans of this part of the movie. It’s a pretty slow sequence of Star Wars: The Last Jedi when there are much cooler things happening elsewhere, and little is actually accomplished. Some interesting ideas are introduced during this part and while it ultimately does play into some important themes, it doesn’t make Rose and Finn escaping via a long stampede any more exciting to watch. Most people have taken issue with all of the subplots, like Poe’s mutiny, and the various plot holes. Rian Johnson puts much more focus on character development than plot, which works to The Last Jedi’s benefit but does leave it open to logical inconsistencies. No movie has perfect logic (if we were always logical there would never be drama ever), but the plot holes in the movie are too hard for some to overlook.

It Didn’t Build Off The Force Awakens

Rey’s parents and Snoke are a symptom of Star Wars: The Last Jedi pretty much ignoring several of the threads established in The Force Awakens. Both Snoke and Phasma (probably) met their end, Maz Kanata barely shows up, and the mystery of Rey’s parents has no grand cosmic payoff. Rian Johnson opted to do his own thing and deviate from the path that was started for him by J.J. Abrams. According to Johnson, there was never any mandate for what storylines he had to finish or tee up, but fans who had been waiting for specific answers have felt cheated. Perhaps this is a flaw of creating a trilogy with no central director behind the wheel. However, Johnson is entitled to make whatever kind of movie he wants and shouldn’t necessarily be boxed in by work someone else did in order to tell his story. If anything, it might be more Abrams’ fault for setting up mysteries that he never even intended to finish in the first place and introducing too many characters at once to fairly service.

It Wasn’t ‘Star Wars’

This is a complaint that showed up a few times. Star Wars: The Last Jedi didn’t feel like a Star Wars movie to some people who watched it. That’s another way of saying that the movie didn’t live up certain expectations or feelings that a person gets when they usually watch Star Wars. It’s maybe a vague form of criticism but completely understandable because one of the main points of The Last Jedi is to subvert what a Star Wars movie is. It zigs when you think it’s supposed to zag and it doesn’t give in to the familiar tropes of good vs evil or destiny. Whereas The Force Awakens lives in nostalgia and familiar feelings (which it needed to do), The Last Jedi tries to blaze a new path. Star Wars is 40 years old and trying new things is just a necessity if the franchise wants to stay fresh and make a movie every year.


Black Panther: Kendrick Lamar to produce and curate soundtrack, releases lead single ‘All The Stars’ ft. SZA

Marvel has enlisted Kendrick Lamar to curate and produce the soundtrack for Black Panther with Top Dawg Entertainment founder Anthony Tiffith.

The news was confirmed with the release of lead single “All The Stars” by Lamar ft. SZA: a gorgeous, understated and bass-heavy track that will accompany T’Challa’s ascent to the throne.

Lamar had dropped a big hint about his involvement via his stunning video for “Love”, where at 1.54 in the footage showed a clapperboard held in front of him, with the words: “B. Panther Soundtrack Coming Soon” written on it.

In a statement, Lamar, who was handpicked by director Ryan Coolger to work on the soundtrack, emphasised how the film will be so much more than your average superhero movie.

Bright 2 confirmed by Netflix, Will Smith and Joel Edgerton to return

Despite the widely negative reviews, Bright has quickly broken numerous Netflix records, becoming the highest viewed original film ever on the streaming service in its first week of release.

As was highly publicised before release, Netflix has already scheduled a sequel, something that has now been officially confirmed.

Alongside the announcement, Netflix released a video featuring two orcs pretending to audition for the upcoming sequel — Joel Edgerton plays the leading orc in the original.

Directed by David Ayer, Bright sets itself in an alternate present-day LA, where Will Smith plays a cop partnered with the LAPD’s first orc officer (Edgerton).

In this world, orcs are an oppressed race, elves are the highest-ranking in society, fairies are deemed to be pests, and dragons roam the sky. Wands, magic, and prophecies also play large roles in the gritty comedy-action.

Bright is currently available on Netflix, while the sequel does not yet have a release date. Smith and Egerton are expected to return with Ayer likely back as director.


Why directors like Tarantino are banning mobile phones from film sets

It’s hard to imagine any corner of the planet where smartphones aren’t ubiquitous. But director Christopher Nolan is fairly certain that in the not-so-distant future, every movie set will be like his own: entirely devoid of phones and the zombified addicts they spawn.

“In a few years nobody is going to be allowing that on sets,” he said while doing publicity for his Golden Globe-nominated Dunkirk this year. “It’s an unprofessional lack of concentration, so our rule is very simple: If you need to make a phone call or use your phone to text, you go off set.”

But should we take the word of a guy who doesn’t even own a mobile phone?

Maybe – because he’s not alone. Just as the wider world grapples with the habit-forming machinery sending us phantom vibrations from our pockets, a small number of directors are taking a hard line. At the moment, Nolan’s most vocal comrade is Quentin Tarantino. If others follow suit, it would drastically change the feel of movie sets where long stretches of downtime are conducive to constant, widespread web surfing.

‘Dunkirk’ director Christopher Nolan has a simple rule that if you need to make a phone call or use your phone to text, you go off set

Nolan and Tarantino’s views aren’t altogether surprising, considering the two are also some of the loudest defenders of old-school technology in the great film-vs.-digital debate. They’re hardly Luddites, though, and besides, they have compelling reasons for their rules. For starters, every device is equipped with a camera, and leaked footage at the hands of internet pirates is a real concern. (Tarantino almost scrapped making The Hateful Eight after just the script was leaked.)

Secondly, much like loud phones in theatres, an ill-timed ring on a movie set can really ruin the experience.

“There’s nothing more frustrating than taking all the time to get the camera ready and get the actors prepared and get them in there and start shooting the scene and something (messes) it up that’s not directly in front of the camera,” says producer and assistant director William Paul Clark, who has worked with Tarantino in various capacities since the Pulp Fiction days. It’s one thing when a problem occurs in front of the camera – an actor flubs a line, for example – but a crew member’s cellphone going off is like an unforced error.

On Tarantino’s sets, one person has the job of collecting phones at “Checkpoint Charlie” – “he’ll even charge it if you want,” Clark assured – so the rule is crystal clear.

Mobile phones were banned on Tarantino’s ‘Django Unchained’ starring Christoph Waltz (left) and Jamie Foxx (right) (Rex)

“It’s accepted and it’s known that if a phone goes off on set, that’s your last day,” he says. No one has ever gotten fired that he recalls, though he does remember a fruitless manhunt after a ringtone sounded during the filming of Django Unchained.

Oscar-winning cinematographer Robert Richardson – who is a frequent collaborator with Tarantino and Martin Scorsese, among others – prefers a cellphone-free set, but acknowledges certain benefits, including the ability to quickly share footage with other departments.

“The makeup department can see the actress or actor in detail as can wardrobe, hair, production design,” he wrote in an email while filming the Shailene Woodley movie Adrift in New Zealand. There’s no need to crowd the monitors when everyone has their own tablets and phones to see the shots.

There are other practical reasons to keep phones on sets. While shooting Landline, director and co-writer Gillian Robespierre had a baby at home – and with babies come the potential for emergencies. She nearly laughed out loud when asked whether she ever thought about boycotting mobile phones.

“No, we wanted a happy set – and we had a happy set,” she says while in Washington, D.C., over the summer promoting her movie. “I feel like there might have been a couple scenes where there was even a cellphone under a tush.”

Landline’ director and co-writer Gillian Robespierre nearly laughed out loud when asked whether she ever thought about boycotting mobile phones because she had just had a baby (Rex Features)

Even though her movie takes place in the 1990s, she didn’t feel the need to force her actors to also pretend they were actually living in that era.

Meanwhile, Marshall director Reggie Hudlin considered a phone ban but thought better of it. As a producer on Django Unchained, he saw the benefits, especially the bonds that happen when the cast and crew aren’t burying their noses in their text messages. Then again, he said the people who worked on Marshall grew just as close.

Besides, the star of that movie, Chadwick Boseman, would not have been a fan.

“It would be a problem for me,”Boseman says, not because he’s some kind of addict but because he uses his phone so often for work purposes. He writes notes and listens to audio clips from his dialect coach; he even queues up music from certain eras to get himself in the right head space.

“To me it’s none of your business what I’m doing with it because it’s a tool for work,” he says. “So you can’t ban my cellphone.”

Crew and cast including Melora Walters (left) and Tracy Letts (right) were not allowed to use mobile phones during the shooting of the 2017 comedy romance film directed by Azazel Jacobs ‘The Lovers’ (Rex Features)

Fair enough.

But there remains an intangible argument for nixing phones that’s pretty convincing: the focus it creates.

Writer-director Azazel Jacobs opted for a cellphone-free set when he made The Lovers, which came out last year. He had no checkpoint and never threatened to fire anyone, but early on he requested that the cast and crew keep their phones out of view. The result was refreshing, he said, especially when thoughtful conversations between takes enhanced scenes. That might not have been possible on a set where the call for “cut” is usually also a signal for everyone to reach into their pockets.

“It’s like creating a period piece in your life when you do that,” he says. ”Let’s all step back in time; we didn’t even know how wonderful it was.”

The star of the movie, actor and playwright Tracy Letts, has had similar rules while rehearsing for the stage, because it keeps people engaged in what’s happening around them rather than escaping to another world.

Nolan agrees. “The way the human brain works, there’s no such thing as multitasking,” the director says. “It’s a myth in intellectual terms. You process information linearly so when you look down at your phone, you are stepping out from the other conversation you’re having.”

Adds Clark: “On a lot of movies that I do where (the ban) is not a requirement, at any given time I’ll stand there and see everybody doing something on their phone: texting, a game, something. And what I see from that is that they’re not paying attention to what we’re doing.”

‘Marshall’ director Reggie Hudlin considered a phone ban but thought better of it – much to the relief of the film’s star Chadwick Boseman (above) who relies on his mobile to listen to audio clips from his dialect coach (Rex Features)

There are times when that’s OK. The makeup team doesn’t necessarily need to watch the electricians set up the shot.

“However, it does get frustrating when we’re rolling and you see people texting, just because there’s a lack of focus that may not be harmful – but it’s certainly not helpful,” Clark says.

For Nolan, putting phones away is simply the next step in a natural progression. When mobile phones were first getting popular, there wasn’t etiquette for how and when to use them. But over the years, the general population has started to find consensus on what’s socially acceptable.

“We live in this strange bubble,” Nolan says. “The cellphone comes along and you’re sitting at lunch with somebody and they start having a conversation with somebody else, which nobody does now because after a few years we figure out that’s not appropriate. With the smartphone culture, it’s ten years old and it’s taking time to figure out.”


Chargers sign former Tampa Bay Buccaneers kicker Roberto Aguayo

The Los Angeles Chargers announced the signing of former Tampa Bay Buccaneers kicker Roberto Aguayo to a reserve/future contract.

Aguayo was chosen by the Buccaneers in the second round of the 2016 draft out of Florida State. He made 22 of 31 field goal attempts and 32 of 34 extra points for Tampa Bay in 2016.

Aguayo was cut by the Buccaneers on Aug. 12, claimed on waivers by the Chicago Bears the next day and cut by Chicago on Sept. 2, the deadline for NFL teams to reduce their rosters to the 53-player regular-season limit.

Aguayo was a member of the Carolina Panthers practice squad from Oct. 25-Dec. 12.

The Chargers used four kickers during the 2017 season.

Players who were not on an active roster at the end of the season are eligible to sign a reserve/future contract, and revert to the active roster at the start of the new league year. Aguayo is the 11th player to ink such a deal with the Chargers this offseason.


Professional e-sports league with salaried players and ties to NFL begins its season in Burbank

The Overwatch League, billed by organizers as the first major global professional e-sports league with competition organized by cities, begins play Wednesday with three matches at the former NBC Studios in Burbank.

All the league’s matches for its first season will be played at The Burbank Studios’ Blizzard Arena, whose capacity is about 400-500 and is sold out for matches Wednesday and Saturday, according to Kevin Scarpati, the Overwatch League’s associate public relations manager.

The league is aiming to play matches on a home-and-away basis “as soon as possible,” Scarpati said.

The league has two teams representing Los Angeles: the Los Angeles Gladiators, owned by Los Angeles Rams owner Stan Kroenke and his 37-year-old son Josh, and the Los Angeles Valiant, owned by Immortals, a Culver City-based e-sports organization.

The Valiant will face the San Francisco Shock in the opening match, set to begin at 4 p.m., while the Gladiators will face the Shanghai Dragons at 6 p.m. in the second match. The final match will pit the Dallas Fuel against the Seoul Dynasty at 8 p.m.

Other team owners in the 12-team league include the Kraft Group, which also owns the NFL’s New England Patriots, Comcast Spectacor, the owner of the Philadelphia Flyers, and Jeff Wilpon, the son of New York Mets owner Fred Wilpon.

Overwatch is a six-versus-six, team-based first-person shooter game where team members work to eliminate or repel opponents to make an attack on an objective or defend an objective.

The league’s minimum base salary is $50,000. Players will compete for $3.5 million in performance bonuses. The league also provides players with housing during the season, along with healthcare and retirement savings plans.

All matches will be streamed on the social video service Twitch in English, Korean and French,, the MLG app,, and the Overwatch League companion app.

The regular season will run through June, with playoffs in July.


Rams face Falcons in Coliseum’s first NFL Playoff game since 1994

The Los Angeles Rams will face the Atlanta Falcons in an NFC wild card round game Saturday evening, the first NFL playoff game at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum since 1994.

The NFC West champion Rams finished the regular season 11-5, their best record since 2003 when they were based in St. Louis. The Rams are the No. 3 seed in the NFC playoffs. Atlanta is seeded sixth with a 10-6 record and are the NFC’s second wild card team.

The Rams will be making their first playoff appearance since the 2004 season, when they defeated the Seattle Seahawks, 27-20, in a wild card round game, then lost to Atlanta, 47-17, in a divisional round game.

The Rams’ 31-year-old coach Sean McVay is the youngest coach to guide a team to the playoffs in NFL history. Ray Flaherty previously held the record for guiding the Boston Redskins to the 1936 NFL championship game, then the season’s only playoff game, when he was 33.

The Rams led the league in scoring, averaging 29.9 points per game. The Falcons were 15th, averaging 22.1 points. The Rams defense was 12th in the league, allowing 20.6 points per game. Atlanta was eighth, allowing 19.7.

In the most recent meeting between the teams, the Rams lost to Falcons, 42-14, on Dec. 11, 2016. Jeff Fisher was fired as their coach the next day.

If the Rams defeat Atlanta, they would play the NFC North champion Minnesota Vikings in a divisional round game Jan. 14 in Minneapolis.

The then-Los Angeles Raiders defeated the Denver Broncos, 42-24, in an AFC wild card round playoff game on Jan. 9, 1994, the most recent NFL playoff game at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum before Saturday evening.

Three former Rams who are members of the Pro Football Hall of Fame — Eric Dickerson, Tom Mack and Orlando Pace — will join the team captains at midfield to participate in the pregame coin toss.

The Coliseum torch will be lit by six members of the 1978 Rams — Frank Corral, Nolan Cromwell, Reggie Doss, Vince Ferragamo, Lawrence McCutcheon and Jackie Slater — part of the last Rams team to play a playoff game at the Coliseum before Saturday.

Isaac Bruce, the Rams career receiving leader, will be honored on the field in the end zone. Bruce was among the 15 modern era finalists for the Pro Football Hall of Fame announced Tuesday.

Slater, a member of the Pro Football Hall of Fame, will be honored during the first timeout of the second quarter as the alumnus of the game.

Bruce, former Rams receiver Torry Holt, Mack and Pace will pose for pictures with fans and sign autographs from 3:30-4:15 p.m. in visit the Vivid Seats Tailgate area. The four players will provide a preview of the game at 3:45 p.m.

The national anthem will be sung by actress-singer-songwriter Kelley Jakle, who appeared in the three “Pitch Perfect” movies and is a great- granddaughter of the late Baseball Hall of Fame member Branch Rickey.

Snoop Dogg will perform at halftime.

National Guard Staff Sgt. Michael Missel of Whittier will be honored during the first quarter. Missel served in two deployments in Iraq and was awarded the Iraqi Campaign Medal, the Global War on Terror Service Medal, the Army Commendation Medal and Combat Action Badge.


Georgia heads to national championship after historic Rose Bowl comeback

Georgia will play for college football’s national championship next Monday after making the greatest comeback in Rose Bowl Gamehistory.

The Bulldogs overcame a 17-point deficit late in the first half to defeat Oklahoma, 54-48, in double overtime in the College Football Playoff Semifinal at the Rose Bowl Monday.

The victory puts Georgia (13-1) into Monday’s national championship game in Atlanta against Alabama, a 24-6 winner over Clemson, in the other semifinal, the Sugar Bowl, played later Monday in New Orleans.

“We didn’t play the way we were capable of, but the best news is we get a chance to play again,” Bulldogs coach Kirby Smart said.

This was the first Rose Bowl Game that went into overtime. College football added overtime in 1996. Each team is guaranteed a possession. Additional overtime periods are played if the score is tied at the end of overtime.

Sony Michel took a direct snap and ran 27 yards for the winning touchdown in the second overtime before a crowd announced at 92,844.

Lorenzo Carter blocked a 27-yard field goal attempt by Austin Seibert on the first possession of the second overtime.

Georgia’s Rodrigo Blankenship kicked a 38-yard field goal on the opening possession of the first overtime. Seibert responded with a 33-yard field goal for Oklahoma.

The Bulldogs sent the game into overtime on Nick Chubb’s 2-yard touchdown run with 55 seconds left in regulation. The Sooners had taken a 45-38 lead with 6:52 remaining on strong safety Steven Parker’s 46-yard fumble return for a touchdown.

Michel ran for 181 yards and three touchdowns on 11 carries, caught a 13-yard pass from Jake Fromm in the first quarter for Georgia’s first points and was selected as the offensive player of the game. Michel set the Rose Bowl Game record for highest average per carry with a minimum 10 carries, 16.5 yards. The previous record was 15.7 yards by Michigan’s Tyrone Wheatley in the 1993 game.

Bulldogs linebacker Roquan Smith made a game-high 11 tackles and was selected as the defensive player of the game.

Georgia trailed 31-14 with six seconds left in the second quarter. The previous largest deficit overcome in the Rose Bowl Game was 15 points by USC in its 52-49 victory over Penn State in the 2017 game. The Trojans trailed 42-25 in the third quarter.

The comeback began when Blankenship kicked a Rose Bowl-record 55-yard field goal as time expired in the first half, cutting the Sooners lead to 31- 17. The previous record was 52 yards, set by Rich Spangler of Ohio State in 1985 and tied a year later by Rob Houghtlin of Iowa.

Only two teams in the previous 103 Rose Bowl Games had overcome a double-digit deficit at halftime — Alabama in 1926 and Michigan in 1989.

The Bulldogs scored the first 21 points of the second half to take their first lead, 38-31. Chubb and Michel ran for 50- and 38-yard touchdowns in the third quarter and Fromm threw a 4-yard touchdown pass to Javon Wims with 13:57 left in the fourth quarter.

Oklahoma retied the score on Heisman Trophy winning quarterback Baker Mayfield’s 11-yard touchdown pass to Flowers with 8:47 to play.

The game was the highest-scoring Rose Bowl, one point more than the 101 points scored in the 2017 game.

Mayfield completed 23 of 35 passes for 287 yards and two touchdowns and had one pass intercepted. Mayfield also caught a pass for a third score and Rodney Anderson ran for two touchdowns for the Sooners (12-2).

Chubb ran for 145 yards and two touchdowns. Fromm completed 20 of 29 passes for 210 yards and two touchdowns.

Oklahoma outgained the Bulldogs, 531 yards to 527, and led 24-21 in first downs and 32:58-27:02 in time of possession.

“We did a lot of really good things on both sides of the ball, but we certainly weren’t perfect,” Oklahoma coach Lincoln Riley said. “Had some opportunities, let the game get back a little bit closer there in the third quarter, and at that point … it was going to come down to one play here or there, and it did.”

The Sooners scored touchdowns on each of their first three possessions. Oklahoma opened the scoring 3:29 into the game on a 13-yard pass from Mayfield to Marquise Brown, who played at College of the Canyons in Santa Clarita in 2016.

Anderson ran for 9- and 41-yard touchdowns on the Sooners’ next two possessions. Seibert kicked a 38-yard field goal the next time Oklahoma had the ball.

The play that ended with Mayfield catching a 2-yard touchdown pass from CeeDee Lamb six seconds before halftime began with Mayfield pitching the ball to Flowers, a fullback, who ran left, then handed the ball to Lamb who ran right, then threw a jump pass to Mayfield.

It was the first time a quarterback had caught a touchdown pass in the Rose Bowl Game since USC’s Matt Leinhart in 2004.

The Rose Bowl Game dispenses with its traditional Big Ten versus Pac- 12 matchup once every three years to serve as a College Football Playoff Semifinal.

The matchup was determined by the final College Football Playoff rankings, which are made by a 13-member committee of five former coaches, four athletic directors, two former administrators, a college president and a former sports reporter.

Oklahoma, the Big 12 Conference champion, was second in the final rankings, one spot ahead of  Southeastern Conference champion Georgia. Atlantic Coast Conference champion Clemson was ranked first and Alabama fourth.


Ladera Ranch man among first chosen for US Olympic Hockey team

Defenseman Jonathon Blum from Ladera Ranch in south Orange County was among the first 23 players announced for the 2018 U.S. Olympic men’s hockey team.

Blum, who will turn 29 Jan. 30, was chosen in the first round of the 2007 NHL draft by the Nashville Predators, the 23rd overall selection. He seven goals and 17 assists in 110 NHL games with the Predators and Minnesota Wild.

Blum is current playing for Admiral Vladivostok of the Russian-based Kontinental Hockey League. Blum played AAA midget hockey with the Artesia-based California Wave Hockey Club

With the NHL prohibiting players under contract, including those assigned to the American Hockey League, from playing in the Olympics, USA Hockey, the sport’s national governing body, selected a team consisting of 15 players who play professionally in Europe, three in the AHL and four in college.

“We really like our roster,” said Jim Johannson, general manager of the 2018 U.S. Olympic men’s ice hockey team and the assistant executive director of hockey operations for USA Hockey on Monday. “It’s a group that brings versatility and experience and includes players who have a lot of passion about representing our country.”

Two additional goaltenders will be added to the roster by mid-January, Johannson said.

All but one of the players has played for the U.S. in international competition, including Blum, who played for the U.S. in the 2008 and 2009 International Ice Hockey Federation World Junior Championships.

The U.S. men’s hockey team will begin play in the Olympics Feb. 14 with a preliminary round game against Slovenia.

The roster announcement was made during the second intermission of the NHL Winter Classic at Citi Field in New York City, along with the announcements of the rosters for the women’s Olympic team and paralympic sled hockey team.


Pasadena’s 129th Rose Parade ‘Making a Difference’ led by actor Gary Sinise

The 129th Rose Parade stepped off on time in a peaceful and festive Pasadena Monday, with 24 awards given to floats and a B-2 bomber soaring overhead.

The Sweepstakes Award, for most beautiful entry, encompassing float design, floral presentation and entertainment, went to a Pasadena investment firm, Singpoli American BD, for its “Rising Above Paradise.”

Three massive flowered wheels, pushed down the parade route by human beings, won the Crown City Innovator Award for most outstanding use of imagination, innovation and technology. That float,  “Make Your Own Momentum,” was sponsored by “The Grand Tour,” an Amazon TV show.

Volunteers from Burbank won the Founder Award `Sand-Sational Helpers, named the most outstanding float built and decorated by volunteers from a community or organization. Other self-built floats winning awards came from Cal Poly campuses, Downey, La Canada-Flintridge and Sierra Madre.

It was a quiet night in Pasadena, as quiet as could be expected with tens of thousands of people on Colorado Boulevard and side streets, both welcoming the New Year and staking out prized parade viewing concrete.

Actor Gary Sinise, best known for his role as Lt. Dan Taylor in “Forrest Gump,” will serve as grand marshal of the 5 1/2-mile procession, which will begin at 8 a.m.

The parade featured 39 floral-covered floats, 20 equestrian groups and 20 marching bands, plus the marching bands from Oklahoma University and the University of Georgia,.

Among the marching bands taking part were Australia’s Marching Koalas; Kyoto Tachibana High School from Kyoto, Japan; Banda De Musica Herberto Lopez of Panama; the Los Angeles Unified School District All District High School Honor Band; the U.S. Marine Corps West Coast Composite Band; and the Burlington Teen Tour Band from Burlington, Canada.

La Salle High School senior Isabella Marie Marez, 18, presided as this year’s Rose Queen. She was accompanied by Royal Court members Alexandra Marie Artura, Savannah Rose Bradley, Lauren Elizabeth Buehner, Georgia Jane Cervenka, Julianne Elise Lauenstein and Sydney Grace Pickering.

The highlight of the parade, however, is always the array of intricately designed and decorated floats. This year’s lineup includes floats sponsored by a variety of Southland cities, along with groups and companies including the AIDS Healthcare Foundation, Honda, Dole Packaged Foods, Kaiser Permanente, Lucy Pet, Trader Joe’s and Shriner’s Hospital for Children.

The Donate Life float, an annual fixture in the parade, will again pay tribute to organ donors. Among those riding on the float will be baseball Hall of Famer Rod Carew, who received a heart and kidney from the late NFL tight end Konrad Reuland, and former NFL quarterback and coach Sam Wyche, who received a heart just hours before being placed on hospice care.

A float by the United Sikh Mission will feature a replica of the world’s largest free kitchen, which is located at the Golden Temple in Amritsar, India.

Once the parade concludes, the floats will be on display until Tuesday during the Showcase of Floats at Sierra Madre and Washington boulevards.

Parade-goers will notice a stepped-up presence of law enforcement officials. Police took the added step this year of closing off the parade route earlier than usual, with barricades going up at 10 p.m. New Year’s Eve in an effort to better control traffic through the area. Bomb-sniffing dogs, a “no drone zone” and barricades blocking vehicle traffic from entering the parade route at its 56 intersections are all part of the security plan.