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1  Getbig Main Boards / Gossip & Opinions / Re: Ric Escalante - Having brain surgery next week on: April 17, 2014, 10:26:32 PM
Who is Ric Escalante?

A cool person out here from Southern California, lives in OC, and goes to a lot of events. He used to compete, used to work for Evogen for a while, and just an all around good person that we know out here. Tough to see him go through this.

Especially tonight, as he wrote this an hour ago.

"Holy shit, just had another seizure. — at Kaiser Permanente Irvine Medical Center.  I'm so scared. Can't control my body, blood dripping from my nose. I can hardly see. Holy fuck I'm so scared I got tears in my eyes. God help me. Now I lay me down to sleep, I pray the Lord my soul to keep, If I shall die before I wake, I pray the Lord my soul to take."
2  Getbig Main Boards / Gossip & Opinions / 2014 NPC/IFBB Grand Prix Los Angeles - Pics and Results on: April 17, 2014, 10:12:54 PM
From last Saturday in Culver City, tons of pics from the NPC/IFBB Grand Prix Los Angeles (held in Culver City).  This was a big contest, but some good physiques at this show.

Here is the link

http://www.bodybuilding.com/fun/2014-ifbb-pro-grand-prix-physique-los-angeles.html







3  Getbig Main Boards / Gossip & Opinions / Re: Ric Escalante - Having brain surgery next week on: April 17, 2014, 09:56:46 PM
From Ric himself...

"Well... I have a brain tumor that I will be getting removed next week. I've known about this for the last 3 months and kept it to myself till I felt necessary to tell everyone. After all the stress and people thinking I simply was going crazy I broke down on April 9th and told my good friend Martin Rosemond. I just didn't want people feeling sorry for me or treating me any different. In hindsight, I wish I did tell people because holding it in for that long really took a toll on me emotionally. At the same time, I was going through the worst breakup ever, I fell in into a deep depression that people picked up on. Its tough. Going to all of these appointments alone, test after test and hearing the results. When the Dr. came in and gave my my options and possible outcomes, I didn't know how to take it and didn't know what to do.

Through this all, I still kept hitting the gym and maintaining my diet. Ever squat 405 with a brain tumor? Its not fun but I persevered. Though I was depressed as hell I still tried to fight. Many times I sat and cried scared out of my fucking mind. The only thought that came racing through my head was, " Am I going to die." After telling my 3 closest friends, Martin, Steve Kuclo and Pete Ciccione, I realized I have the best friends I could ever ask for. I told Pete just last week how afraid I was of dying and he said " You're not going to die, we're not even close to finishing our journey." The 3 friends have stood by my side though my darkest days with their own ways of lifting my spirits.

This is so hard. I can't even describe how it feels with the fact that you might die in 6 days, 6 months or 6 years. I've honestly sat there with an empty bottle of scotch and a loaded gun thinking, " I'm just going to take care of this right now." Only two reasons why I didn't do that, my dogs, and I didn't want to be known as a quitter. I've never given up on anything and certainly wasn't going to start. So I said fuck it...lets just cut me open and take this fucking thing out and let me get back to hitting the gym.

With that in mind, the Dr. has given me odds of either losing my speech, waking up brain dead, losing the ability to walk or simply just dying. Whether you think I am being melodramatic, I don't give a fuck. This shit is fucking scary. So I want to think that people that have meant the most to me in my life especially in the last year and in the last 6 months through the roughest time of my life.

Martin thank you so much for being there at every moment. To hear me cry my heart out in panic. You are a godsend. Pete Ciccone Ifbb Pro, that you so much for the advice you have me ad lifted my spirt. You have been the greatest friend. Steve Kuclo, thank you for the prayers and the up lifting. You have stood by my side though pretty tough times. Derik Farnsworth, thank you for always giving me your open, honest, and candid opinion. Michael Anthony Escalante you have given me the best business advice. I have always looked to to you. Thank you for always being there for advice. Nick Erbe my old partner in crime. I have the funnest times hanging out with you at the shows and simply just working with you. We had a blast.

Hany Rambod / Farinaz Rambod, it was the greatest pleasure working with you. I always thought of you as a father figure. You have taught me so much and were always there to put me in my place when I needed it. Sorry for everything that happened and I'll love you two forever. Narmin Assria Ifbb Pro, you'll always be my little 'sista. Thanks for answering my calls those few times. Sasha Brown, you were always there to put me back to reality and yell at me when I needed to be set straight. Diana Landais, thank you for the help the last few months. You get the award for Outstanding newest friends. Thanks for always checking in on me. Robin, I'll always value our friendship. Geri Kuclo, I was blessed to have Steve in my life and to get his mother to give me motherly advice was so heartfelt. Thank you. Erick Hilton Ross, you've been there through so many ups and downs in my life. Thank you for always being there. Eric Jarvina, one of the best training partners i've had and a great friend. Adam Zmija and Annie Kallen Zmija, thank you for always being there when I needed a boost. Annie, thank you for always checking in on me. Love you to death.

And Christie Marquez, I love you more than I have loved anything in this world. I am sorry for everything that happened. I wish the very best for you at the Olympia. I know you're going to make a huge statement on stage.

Now I can sit here and be cliché and tell you to embrace each day as if it were your last. But when you sit here and actually have to live with the moment that you might die, you really sit there and reflect upon each day and each moment. " Gather ye' rosebuds while ye' may" or the latin sentiment for that, " Carpe Diem". Really truly live your life like its going to be your last day. Whomever you're close to make sure they know it. Thank you for everyone that has been a part of my life. I lived an extraordinary life. Again, I should come out of this standing and rebound right back to me, but I still have that fear in my mind."
4  Getbig Main Boards / Gossip & Opinions / Ric Escalante - Having brain surgery next week on: April 17, 2014, 09:56:27 PM
Knowing Ric from a lot of the shows here in Southern California, the message from Ric that he has a brain tumor is not one that I nor many of us thought we would ever hear.  Wow.  So I am wishing Ric the best on his upcoming surgery next week, and on whatever he needs on the road to recovery.  Ric, from working as a rep with Evogen, to winning the 2011 OC Muscle Classic, I have seen for 8+ years at these local events.  So news like this always, you just don't know what to say.


From Chris Albert - "Hey guys, Ric Escalante is having brain surgery next week. Ric won the OC Muscle Classic the year we opened up Metroflex and he was pretty much our first member because Eddie and I gave him a membership for winning. He's always been a real cool guy and was real supportive of Metroflex when it was in its infancy"

From Pete Ciconne - "Our longtime friend and 619 MUSCLE Family member, Ric Escalante has been dealing with a very serious challenge over the past several months. Please send your thoughts and prayers his way"



5  Getbig Main Boards / Gossip & Opinions / 2014 IFBB Los Angeles Grand Prix - Competitor Lists on: April 11, 2014, 10:10:29 PM

Heading to Culver City tomorrow to shot the 2014 IFBB / NPC Grand Prix Los Angeles.  Featuring IFBB Pro Physique Men and Womans, plus 400+ NPC competitors, it should be a cool contest to enjoy.  See a few of you there.

The competitors for the IFBB Pro's include

2014 IFBB Pro Grand Prix Men’s Physique Open Competitors

1. Ronald Alexander
2. Tyler Anderson
3. Michael Bevins
4. Alberto Bistocchi
5. Thomas Canepa
6. Alex Carneiro
7. Matt Christianer
8. Demetrius Clemons
9. Chad Crouse
10. Matt DuBois
11. Brian Epstein
12. Shane Esalahi
13. Stephen Fiore
14. Xavisus Gayden
15. Denis Gusev
16. Greg Jones
17. Trevor Larsen
18. Robert Ortiz
19. Matt Pattison
20. Jake Phippen
21. Rodney Razor
22. Jacob Roberson
23. Arya Saffaie
24. Sean Sapera
25. Jonathan Sebastian
26. Willie Spencer
27. Donta Tanner
28. Ryan Terry
29. Derrick Yuvienco

2014 IFBB Pro Grand Prix Men’s Physique Masters Competitors

1. Matt DuBois
2. Brian Epstein
3. Stephen Fiore

2014 IFBB Pro Grand Prix Women’s Physique Competitors

1. Roxie Beckles
2. Nathalie Falk
3. Candrea Judd Adams
4. Katerina Kyptova
5. Loan Leonard
6. Venus Nguyen
7. Dona Pohl
8. Jill Rudison
9. Sabrina Taylor
10. Stephanie Willes


6  Getbig Main Boards / Gossip & Opinions / Re: 2014 Europa Orlando - Competitors, Prejudging and More on: April 11, 2014, 09:57:35 PM
2014 IFBB Europa Orlando Pro Bikini Competitors

1. Jessica Arevalo
2. Yarishna Ayala
3. Stefanie Bambrough
4. Taylor Jade Carroll
5. Nicole Coleman
6. Jennifer Dawn
7. Lacey DeLuca
8. Taylor Gallagher
9. Candyce Graham
10. Lisette Howard
11. Sarah LeBlanc
12. Michelle Lewin
13. Stephanie Mahoe
14. Dayna  Maleton
15. Bernadett Matassa
16. Ashley Pfaff
17. Jessica Renee

Top Five look to be..

1. Sarah LeBlanc
2. Lacey DeLuca
3. Jessica Arevalo
4. Dayna  Maleton
5. Stephanie Mahoe

7  Getbig Main Boards / Gossip & Opinions / Re: 2014 Europa Orlando - Competitors, Prejudging and More on: April 11, 2014, 09:54:23 PM
2014 IFBB Europa Orlando Pro Women's Physique Competitors

1. Danielle Balbino
2. Jessica Bowman
3. Jeannea Burritt
4. Rose Anne Duvigneaud
5. Gloria Faulls
6. Lisa Grasso
7. Sherri Gray
8. Hannah Hallman
9. Catherine Hernon-Schaumleffel
10. Frances Mendez
11. Danielle Reardon
12. Leonie Rose
13. Joele Smith
14. Tracy Weller

Top Four should be...

1. Frances Mendez
2. Joele Smith
3. Leonie Rose
4. Danielle Reardon

8  Getbig Main Boards / Gossip & Opinions / Re: 2014 Europa Orlando - Competitors, Callouts and More on: April 11, 2014, 09:49:26 PM
2014 IFBB Europa Orlando Pro Men's Physique Competitors

1. Andre Adams
2. Michael Anderson
3. Anton Antipov
4. John Arterberry
5. Travales Blount
6. Josh Bowmar
7. David Breaux
8. Duane Brickhouse
9. Anthony Brigman
10. George Brown
11. Justin Busiere
13. Joe Cantu
14. Victor Clark
15. Murat Demir
16. Deniz Duygulu
17. Michael Ferguson
18. Reuben Gordon
19. Sheridan Hause
20. Brian Hay
21. Jim Holcomb
22. Burton Hughes
23. Stephen Mass
24. Steve Mousharbash
25. Capriese Murray
26. Aaron O'Connell
27. Geobanny Paula
28. Douglas Peaney
29. Reynaldo Pickwoad
30. Jason Poston
31. Victor Ruiz
32. Jeff Seid
33. Ken Settepani
34. William Sullivan
35. Tony Torres
36. David Velazquez
37. Jermaine Ward

Top Six look to be

1. Jason Poston
2. Michael Anderson
3. Steve Moursharbash
4. Michael Ferguson
5. Jeff Seid
6. David Breaux

9  Getbig Main Boards / Gossip & Opinions / 2014 Europa Orlando - Competitors, Prejudging and More on: April 11, 2014, 09:41:52 PM
2014 IFBB Europa Orlando Pro Men's Open Bodybuilding Competitors

1. Justin Compton
2. Jonathan Delarosa
3. Clarence   DeVis
4. Marius Dohne
5. Lloyd Dollar
6. Saiid Kamara
7. Malcolm Marshall
8. An Nguyen
9. Rudy Richards
10. Fred Smalls
11. Daniel Toth
12. Ben White
13. Keith Williams
14. Eddy Wilson
15. Nathan Wonsley


So after prejudging, it looks like the top six might be...

1. Jonathan Delarosa
2. Justin Compton
3. Fred Smalls
4. Daniel Toth
5. Eddy Wilson
6. Ben White


10  Getbig Misc Too Board / Getbig Comments Suggestions Complaints Board / Re: A warning to Ron - name change on: April 09, 2014, 07:14:25 PM

You know what, one day I would like to travel there, but there are many other places I still need to go visit beforehand. 

But I have been fortunately to have traveled whenever I could in what little time I had in the past (China, Australia, Russia, Poland, Denmark, Germany, Sweden, Estonia, Italy, Israel, Mexico, Canada, France, Monaco, and others) so I am pretty grateful in respecting other cultures.

11  Getbig Misc Too Board / Getbig Comments Suggestions Complaints Board / Re: Mod(s) creating fake posts with my account. on: April 09, 2014, 07:12:00 PM

No way would I ever change someone's post at all.  Please email me on that.

I may change the title of the thread, or merge some together.

But to actually change what someone wrote, no, unless it is blatantly violating one of the rules.


12  Getbig Misc Too Board / Getbig Comments Suggestions Complaints Board / Designated Copyright Agent Contact Information on: April 09, 2014, 11:42:22 AM

I usually keep this on the main page, under Other Links, but here is a copy of
 Getbig's Designated Copyright Agent Contact Information & Policy.

The link is

http://www.getbig.com/articles/designatedcopyrightagent.htm





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All claims against content providers or forum participants who provide, post, or link to copyright-protected material without necessary rights and permissions should be promptly sent to Getbig.com's Designated Agent:

Name of Agent Designated to Receive Notification of Claimed Infringement:

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Address of Designated Agent:

Attn: Copyright Agent 21601 Vanowen Street #201 Canoga Park, CA 91303

Telephone Number of Designated Agent:

(818) 974-3129

Email Address of Designated Agent:

info@getbig.com

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13  Getbig Main Boards / Gossip & Opinions / Re: Did Dorian Yates say the Holocaust was fake? on: April 08, 2014, 09:19:20 AM

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Ron I think youd be smart to talk to him and question what Dorian Really meany rather than getting offended bh an extremely cryptic comment on someone elses article over facebook.

Oh, I agree, and yes, if and when I see Dorian, I will ask him straight up on this.

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Ron, is it safe to say u don't own or would ever buy a German car

I have nothing against any German's at all. Most are very cool people. My mom lived in Germany for 2 years and knows German. Shame to think that people think Jews are against German's today when it was the policies of the Nazi's and his clan of fascists back then. Just irks me when people like to 'forget' or 'pretend it didn't happen'.

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LOL where did you get that stat?

60 million were killed in World War II, from battles, to camps, etc.   19 to 25 million of these were related to crimes against humanity.
14  Getbig Main Boards / Gossip & Opinions / Re: Did Dorian Yates say the Holocaust was fake? on: April 07, 2014, 11:15:11 PM
I can see how someone could be severely offended by questioning details of an event like the Holocaust, especially when lots of us have been told horror stories about it by the people who lived it. The next generation will probably have the ability to be more objective about it, the facts are well documented.

It isn't the questioning, it is the distortion of what happened to millions, both Jews, Russians, Gypsies and many others. It is the trying to deny fact's which are well documented, as horrifying as they were. Instead of understanding, you try to hid it and distort it, in the hopes that a new generation will trivialize it.  Like some people try to do with the Word Trade Bombings, and other historical facts, because it is painful.  Never forget, and people try to.

I have heard many stories from my grandfather, who lived in Poland, then moved to Italy, and then took his family by boat to the land which is now Israel. It wasn't pretty. It isn't something we talk about in our family. Because it was very painful.  And because loss is easier to block out.  

Which is why I usually stay away from too much politics or painful subjects, as usually in the bodybuilding, fitness, figure world, we have many sorts of races, cultures, religions and we try to get along.  It is usually nice. But Dorian. Wow.



15  Getbig Main Boards / Gossip & Opinions / Re: Did Dorian Yates say the Holocaust was fake? on: April 07, 2014, 11:02:01 PM
If Dorian really did say this, then it is just stunning.  He definately needs a history lesson, in the incredible atrocities that were committed in WWII, notably to the millions of Jews, in what we call the 'Holocaust', and to the millions of others that were killed (18 million, etc). He really needs to go to the Vad Veshem Musuem, where they actually have records (3 million Jewish names recorded +) , on the millions who perished.  He really needs to Skirball Cultural Center, to learn a little more about life, history instead of just blurting lies out. He should know better. Enough of, it is his opinion. It isn't an opinion. It was a fact that millions perished, whether at the camps or on the streets in various cities.

Would like to here from Dorian himself on WTF was going on his mind, and if this was truly him in a normal mental state.  Does he really want his image to be tarnished.  Very sad, because Dorian was always cool, even when he knew I was Jewish and Israeli.  I don't get it. So would like to hear from him.  From someone who I have been reporting, taking pics for year and years, it is very disappointing not to hear anything but silence right now, even if he deleted all of these references.

16  Getbig Main Boards / Gossip & Opinions / Re: Zack Khan - where did he go? on: April 07, 2014, 09:15:40 PM

Zack and the Nutrex crew had a great time at FIBO in Germany this past weekend.

17  Getbig Main Boards / Gossip & Opinions / 2014 IFBB/NPC Governor's Cup - Sacramento Mar 229 on: March 31, 2014, 10:42:25 PM
The contest was held at the Sacramento Sheraton Grand Hotel, which is in downtown. Took lots of fun pics, plus stage pics for this event.  IFBB contest was for Figure, 28 competitors in Open, 21 in Masters.  Approx 400+ NPC Competitors also were there, making it a huge contest.  

Got to meet some new people, and old friends there, as well as a ton of cool competitors, many who follow Getbig, and just enjoy the craziness of the site. Ha.

Here are the candids online at NPC News. Stage coming soon...

http://npcnewsonline.com/2014-npcifbb-governors-cup-candid-photos/115897/?galleryPage=1


More coming soon...






18  Getbig Main Boards / Gossip & Opinions / Re: Terminator 5 - Arnold busting his arse for it on: March 31, 2014, 10:40:44 PM


Terminator 5: Genesis - slated for release in Summer 2015.

And as usual, a lot of us will watch it.

The cast so far

Emilia Clarke as Sarah Connor
Jai Courtney as Kyle Reese
Arnold Schwarzenegger as the Aging Terminator
Jason Clarke as John Connor
Dayo Okeniyi as Danny Dyson

19  Getbig Main Boards / Gossip & Opinions / Dallas McCarver - guest posing at the 2014 IFBB/NPC Govenor's Cup on: March 31, 2014, 10:21:35 PM

Dallas is 22 years old, and guest posed on Saturday, March 29th in Sacramento at the NPC Governor's Cup.   Pretty sure he is one of the youngest bodybuilding IFBB Pro's out there at the moment.

Here are some pics








Other pics are at

http://npcnewsonline.com/2014-npcifbb-governors-cup-candid-photos/115897/?galleryPage=9
20  Getbig Main Boards / Gossip & Opinions / Re: Zack Khan - where did he go? on: March 31, 2014, 10:15:35 PM
Zack was doing quite well at the Arnold Classic when we were having fun taking pics at the Nutrex booth.

I assume he will be at FIBO in Germany, and perhaps even at the Arnold Brazil.








21  Getbig Main Boards / Gossip & Opinions / RIP - Logan Wells on: March 25, 2014, 06:48:52 PM

Stunned, and so sad.  RIP Logan Wells, son of Joe Wells, CEO of Max Muscle.   Always tough to hear this type of story.





Classmates of a teenage skateboarder struck and killed in Yorba Linda this weekend plan to honor him on by wearing bucket hats and Hawaiian shirts — two staples of his wardrobe — when they return to school Monday at El Dorado High School. Logan Wells, 16, was struck by a Kia Sorrento that was traveling eastbound on Bastanchury Road, near Secretariat Way, at about 4:45 a.m. Sunday, according to authorities. The driver of the vehicle, a 61-year-old man, stopped and called 911, Orange County Sheriff's Lt. Jeff Hallock told KTLA-TV. Wells was transported to Western Medical Center in Santa Ana, where he died. A preliminary investigation indicated that alcohol on the part of the driver was not a factor, Hallock said. The driver was not cited or arrested.

On Sunday afternoon, friends and loved ones left flowers, candles and skateboards at a makeshift memorial near the scene of the collision. They also wrote memorial inscriptions on the sidewalk in multicolored chalk.

http://www.latimes.com/local/lanow/la-me-ln-yorba-linda-teen-killed-20140324,0,323127.story#ixzz2x1scHaiE
22  Getbig Main Boards / Gossip & Opinions / Daring videos - One fall... one slip.... on: March 23, 2014, 06:26:05 PM
<a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WCSN4jR7a3k" target="_blank">http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WCSN4jR7a3k</a>
23  Getbig Main Boards / Gossip & Opinions / Re: WBF - About the defunct WBF on: March 23, 2014, 10:38:33 AM


Peter McGough wrote this great article in 1993 about it.


http://www.getbig.com/articles/faq-wbf.htm
24  Getbig Main Boards / Gossip & Opinions / Re: Music that makes you rethink your life on: March 23, 2014, 08:37:15 AM

Ironic

<a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kdemFfbS5H0" target="_blank">http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kdemFfbS5H0</a>
25  Getbig Main Boards / Gossip & Opinions / Gaspari Nutrition moving to new headquarters on: March 20, 2014, 10:58:27 AM

I want to congratulate Gaspari Nutrition on the move to their new headquarters, which is bigger and more modern than the other one (right down the street).  I had the fortune of visiting them about 2 years ago, and going out to lunch with Rich and his team (to a deli).  With Superpump 3.0 coming out now, glad they will have more room to house everything.

Also, Sean Andros is now the new Director of Marketing there, which is very cool. I have known Sean for quite a while now (Flex Magazine, MD Magazine, etc).   

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