Posts tagged with "Bleacher Report"

Not an evil twin: Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson is amazed by likeness to Alabama police officer

September 2, 2021

The Internet has discovered Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson’s doppelgänger and even he’s in awe of the similarities, HuffPost reports.

The 49-year-old actor, currently at the box office in Jungle Cruise, tweeted this week in response to a post by Bleacher Report that showed himself alongside an Alabama police officer named Eric Fields.

“Oh sh*t! Wow,” wrote Johnson in response to his likeness to the patrol lieutenant of the Morgan County Sheriff’s Office. Of Fields, Johnson quipped that he’s “way cooler” and implored him to “stay safe brother and thank you for your service.”

He added that “one day we’ll drink @Teremana and I need to hear all your “Rock stories” because I KNOW you got ’em.” Teremana is the “Jungle Cruise” star’s brand of tequila.

The Morgan County Sheriff’s Office shared a snapshot of Fields and a local man on their Facebook page earlier this month—noting that the man had informed a fellow police officer that he “wanted to meet our Deputy that people say looks like ‘The Rock.’”

Fields and the man are all smiles in the photograph.

News of Fields and The Rock looking like twins even hit TikTok, with locals in Alabama highlighting the resemblance with hilarious videos:

For his part, Fields, who is 37 and has worked for the Morgan County Sheriff’s Office for 17 years, told AL.com that it’s been a “running joke” for him that he looks so much like both The Rock and, apparently, Vin Diesel.

“I’ve been called The Rock and Vin Diesel’s love child,” Fields told the outlet last week. “I go along with it. It’s humorous. It’s flattering. It could be worse people, I guess.”

Research contact: @HuffPost

The Athletic halts merger talks with Axios, eyes New York Times

May 12, 2021

Sports-media outlet The Athletic is no longer in merger talks with news publisher Axios, people familiar with the situation said, but the company is continuing to pursue a deal that could expand its subscription-oriented business, The Wall Street Journal reports.

The Athletic views The New York Times as a leading contender for a merger tie-up, the sources said. Such a deal would bring the Athletic’s more than one million paying subscribers to the Times, which has seen digital-news subscriptions slow since former President Donald Trump left office.

The Athletic charges $7.99 a month for sports content, including coverage of teams in all the major sports. The outlet has recruited beat reporters and columnists in local market—often by offering big pay increases to attract them from traditional news organizations.

The company competes against a host of sites that mostly offer free sports content, including The Ringer, Bleacher Report, Yahoo Sports, and ESPN.com. The Athletic was valued at $475 million in its last funding round, announced in January 2020, according to PitchBook.

The Athletic doesn’t disclose detailed financial results, including whether it is profitable. The company generated about $80 million in revenue in 2020, according to a person familiar with the matter, the Journal reports. It raised $55 million in January 2020 and has significant expenses, according to people familiar with the matter, including more than 600 employees—many of them top-tier reporters recruited from other news organizations.

Research contact: @WSJ