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July 19, 2006

Not Just Another Bum from the Neighborhood

Adrian has passed away. Their son is grown. Rocky's back in the old neighborhood and alone...

...but he still might have some stuff in the basement.
- Craig Zablo


Photo by: John Bramley

93 Comments:

Anonymous TYLER said...

That pic is awsome


FIRST POST!

July 19, 2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Wow! what a great photo of Sly and Punchy. Thanks Craig

slycenter
www.slycenter.mfbiz.com

July 19, 2006  
Anonymous rambo89 said...

Punchy looks coool!

July 19, 2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

What a beautiful shot. I love it !

Thank you Craig...


Peace,
jazz
http://www.theartofjazzman.com

July 19, 2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Love the Pic. My thoughts when I saw it How Philly rocky is ?.

http://www.myspace.com/39603597

July 19, 2006  
Blogger adnuk68 said...

love it! this is outside maries house.........

July 19, 2006  
Blogger Adam said...

Great picture. They both look great!

July 19, 2006  
Blogger Greg Tarr said...

is that dog crap by sly's shoes?

July 19, 2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

poor dog he's sooooooo ugly

July 19, 2006  
Anonymous JL said...

Really cool picture. That photo has the gritty look of the original film.

July 19, 2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Captures the Rocky spirit perfectly. And Punchy is definitely a champ!

July 20, 2006  
Blogger Lotofsly said...

"Rocky Balboa" will be THE film to see !!!

July 20, 2006  
Anonymous charlotte said...

Great picture.Thanks Craig,you are the best!What we'll do without you?

The dog,Punchy,is nice.
He doesn't look like Butkuss.

July 20, 2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

rocky looks just like the dog. you here that rocky? JUST LIKE THE DOG!

July 20, 2006  
Blogger VelvetBlasphemy said...

awesome pic!

July 20, 2006  
Blogger Brenda Terzian said...

"A little bit of Rocky will always live in all of us cause the human spirit triumphs over all obstacles."
-- Brenda Terzian,
actress, book author, poet
http://www.writesight.com/writers/bterzian
http://www.rottentomatoes.com/vine/journal_view.php?username=bterzian
http://rhymster.com/members/Brenda_Terzian

July 20, 2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Is that poop next to Punchy's tail ? Hope Rocko's gonna pick it up... ;-)

But seriously...these lonely, reflective moments will make RB great.


Peace,
Jazz
http://www.theartofjazzman.com

July 20, 2006  
Anonymous William vdK said...

the look on his face, the look on the dog's face, the background, it's all very rocky.. I'm loving it

July 20, 2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

This was posted by someone over on Yahoo's message board. I thought it was good:

WHY STALLONE KILLED ADRIAN

Her impassioned protests would take up too much time. If Adrian were alive, Stallone would have to spend a good portion of the story dealing with Adrian's pleadings for him not to fight. This character trait of hers has gradually been a larger part of her role in the films.

In Rocky, she didn't have much to say regarding his decision to fight besides her question on the ice rink: “Why do you want to fight? 'cos I can't sing or dance.” And though they weren't yet married, she couldn't stand to be in the auditorium when he actually fought Apollo.

In Rocky II and III she was more enthused: She told Rock to “win” after waking from her coma and she was always ring-side for the title defenses (and for the Thunder Lips bout). Adrian was at her peak when she trained with Rock in L.A. and stood and chanted “Rock-ee” with her fist in the air during the third round of the title rematch with Clubber. It was all down hill after that.

Adrian’s new reasoning begins in Rocky IV with her disagreement with Apollo: “I think it’s wrong,” and “don’t you think it’s time to start thinking about something else; I mean how much can you take, either of you?” And after Apollo dies, she utters to Rocky the worst line of all of the Rocky series: “You can’t win!” Though she tries to atone by coming to Rock’s side in Russia (“I’m with you no matter what”), in the fifteenth round against Drago she exclaims “you’re gonna do it!” which is more of a surprise statement compared to the affirmative attitude she displayed in Rocky II and III.

Rocky V is the worst. Her disapproval of Rocky’s fighting is apparent throughout: at the press conference, to George Washington Duke, to Rocky in private. Her whole role in Rocky V, with the exception her small role encouraging Rock to think about his son, is to convince Rocky he’s brain dead and done.

Given her track record in the last couple episodes, there is no use for her anymore. Stallone would have to spend a quarter of the movie’s dialogue devoted to Adrian’s disapproval of his return and the marital tension that results. He had to kill her off. He ought to have killed her off. We don’t need her dragging him down anymore. The Ultimate Meatball is back and we’re glad he’s single. I love the Italian Stallion.

July 20, 2006  
Blogger Slyce said...

Looks like Punchie has been whipped by life!! (Just like Rocky!) Actually, he looks like a small Jabba the Hut!!!! (The DOG, not Rocky!!) WHO picked him out to take the place of Butkiss?!??

July 20, 2006  
Blogger lovinrocky said...

If you honestly think that Stallone killed Adrian because her role had been used up and there was no need for her anymore...that it would have been a drudgery to deal with her character then you are obviously not truly in tune with the story. (By the way, in Rocky V, she was merely a wife wanting to protect her husband). The fact is that Adrian not being there makes perfect sense in the story coming full circle. He has never had to fight without her. He had to overcome losing Micky and believing in himself again. He had to fight for his life without Apollo. He had to fight himself in Rocky V. This is nothing more than another challenge for the "greatest fighter of our generation"; his age and no Adrian. I was upset when I found out that she would not be in this movie, but if you are truly aware of the big picture, the whole story, it makes perfect sense that at some point he would have to fight without her. It is not that she was too much trouble. Stallone is a genuis in that throughtout the Rocky series, he has stayed true to the characters and the story. Sure, the acting and directing of Rocky V was horrific, but the story was brilliant. He has always stayed true throughout and to say that he "killed Adrian" because there was no use for her is an ignorant point of view.

July 20, 2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The picture is great, Rocky is back, and I can not wait to see the movie!!!

July 20, 2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

great comment "lovinrocky" anyway when is stallonezone gonna be back up

July 20, 2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Craig, do we know if Mr. T, Dolph and Tommy Gunn have cameos in this one?

July 20, 2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

lovinRocky-

The comment didn't say Stallone had no use for Adrian. The comment said putting her in the film would have forced him to devout too much dialogue to the conflict between Rocky and Adrian regarding him getting back in the ring. I happen to agree. We heard that over and over in V...and as you point out, V sucked...for all sorts of reasons, but including Adrian's constant nagging.

July 20, 2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Adrian made Rocky a love story. Rocky the character loved her more than life itself and both the actress and the character made the movie very very very valuable.

July 21, 2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Im a little disappointed...I enjoy this blog but I wish there was an OFFICIAL website. I meanthis is ok for a man who has alot of time on his hands, but an official site would have been great. Atleast there would be music and trailers. anyways thats just me

July 21, 2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

CRAIG where's STALLONEZONE

July 21, 2006  
Blogger Daniel said...

No! I dont buy the "genius", the "full circle", "nagging", but esp the "killing her off because there was no use for her". Micky and Tony made the boxer we are inspired by, but Adrian did far more then they ever could. She gave us the lump in the throat when he faced the adversity, and over came. Without her character we don't CARE about Rocky. Itz hard to say how her character should have been written, but she needs to be there when ALL is done.
She will certainly be missed.

July 21, 2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I think if she had been in this movie she wouldn't have held him back. I mean at this age if he still wants to do why try to stop him, it would be a nice change and surprise everyone. She wasn't nagging in the other movies, just trying to be realistic that he could be seriously hurt. which he was in the end but in the 3rd there was the big speech about him not quitting. But Talia Shire didn't want the part so there was nothing else for him to do besides that. This is coming full circle I agree 100% with "lovinrocky" that he has never been without Adrian and its getting back to the original without the gittery stuff.

July 21, 2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

As far as i was aware she was not even offerd the part! he called her to say that she would not be need for the role in the new movie, however he did ask he for some input, this was all on the interview he did with ET

July 21, 2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Stallonezone,,,,,,,,,where is it

July 21, 2006  
Blogger Daniel said...

full circle would be back at the "cock-fight" looking dive of a hell hole where he was brawling with characters like Spider Rico, and left with a rep just a little better than a bum. Im sorry THEY couldnt figure something out - hell Paulie should have been written to nearly die or die, where Talia is some what distracted with his health or near death experience, to be so demanding of Rocky's new challenge. Something like that.

July 21, 2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

this dog is new, how does everyone know him?

July 21, 2006  
Blogger Daniel said...

Good or bad idea, I'll throw this one out for discussion - maybe for a little "full-circle irony" Rocky finds himself where a display of Top 10 CDs are displayed, picks out one and its his singing street boys, with his brother as the lead singer on the cover, where he makes some tonge-n-cheek humoris comment, but we are left with the reality that he is on his way down. and maybe this is the cattelist just before he goes on his one last stand.

July 21, 2006  
Blogger Daniel said...

Oh and I just noticed that the opening day is on my birthday. I'll be 42

July 21, 2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Full Circle:

Rock breaks Gazzo's boy's thumbs and leaves him at the Philadelphia zoo.

July 21, 2006  
Blogger Daniel said...

lol - right right!!

July 21, 2006  
Blogger lovinrocky said...

Thanks anonymous! That was PERFECT!! I love it!

July 21, 2006  
Blogger Veronica Gonzalez said...

Heres the real ROCKY in boxing
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also visit
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Veronica

July 21, 2006  
Blogger Craig Zablo said...

TYLER said... That pic is awsome

Craig: Just like Sly’s fans!

sly center said… Wow! what a great photo of Sly and Punchy. Thanks Craig

Craig: My pleasure!

rambo89 said... Punchy looks coool!

Craig: Totally!

Jazz said... What a beautiful shot. I love it ! Thank you Craig...

Craig: You’re welcome!

adnuk68 said... love it! this is outside maries house.........

Craig: How could you not?

Adam said... Great picture. They both look great!

Craig: Thanks for the kind words.

JL said... Really cool picture. That photo has the gritty look of the original film.

Craig: Exactly!

Lotofsly said... "Rocky Balboa" will be THE film to see !!!

Craig: IS…

charlotte said... Great picture.Thanks Craig,you are the best!What we'll do without you?

Craig: Thanks… and let’s hope we don’t ever find out!

VelvetBlasphemy said... awesome pic!

Craig: Yeah, I agree. It’s one of my favorites so far.

Brenda Terzian said... "A little bit of Rocky will always live in all of us cause the human spirit triumphs over all obstacles."

Craig: Well said!
William vdK said... the look on his face, the look on the dog's face, the background, it's all very rocky.. I'm loving it

Craig: Yep. I’m digging it too!

Anonymous said... Craig, do we know if Mr. T, Dolph and Tommy Gunn have cameos in this one?

Craig: I don’t think that they do.

Anonymous said... CRAIG where's STALLONEZONE

Craig: We blew through 60 gigs of bandwidth. We should be back up soon. Thanks for asking.

Daniel said... She (Adrian) will certainly be missed.

Craig: Absolutely. You will FEEL her presence. You will be surprised the “role” she does play in regard to Rocky and Paulie’s emotions…

July 22, 2006  
Anonymous goldegloves said...

I miss the zone!!!! sob, great pic by the way!!!

July 22, 2006  
Anonymous VICTOR said...

SYLVESTER STALLONE, if you read this comments, I want to say you are the best actor. I am a French fan of you. I really want to meet you to say to you all that you make me feel... Since I am 3 years old, I like you. Thank you for all that you did...

July 22, 2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Of course we won't know for sure until the movie comes out, but the feel of this trailer seems closer to the original Rocky than the other movies.
I can't believe I was 16 when the original Rocky came out and now I'm...Well, never mind.
Looking forward to it Sly!

July 22, 2006  
Anonymous Sha said...

aw what an awesome picture!! I'm getting so exited! I'm digging the feel..it's almost right back to the 1st movie! It looks terific.

July 22, 2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Man I already miss Adrian!!!!!!!!!!!

July 22, 2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

This will be the BEST final rocky movie i'am sure of it. I'am a big fan of his movies. I have the rambo and rocky collection and those movies you can see them over and over they never get borring. That is why i love this rock story. I did not here a bell bring it on SLY

July 22, 2006  
Anonymous Fowler said...

mason "the line" dixon is a ded man! knock his block off rock! RIP adrian alwayz love neva forgotten!

July 23, 2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

yo sly, dx-generation germany is speaking! Listen man, you just have to stay focused, watch your head and keep moving. you´re the champ rock. We are probably the greatest fans in the whole world sly. We promise you, we are getting our motherfucking asses in the cinema as soon as it´s possible!
Best wishes to you sly.
DX-Generation Germany aka the gastro spackos (Jonny and Dennis)

July 23, 2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Did anyone see rocky standing by dog poop lol...i thought it was funny

July 23, 2006  
Blogger www.maik.nafoto.net said...

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SLY
HOW ARE YOU
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LOOK!
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THANK YOU!

July 24, 2006  
Blogger aramson said...

His Dog looks so sad.. why this?

July 26, 2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Where did you get the dog and is he really in as bad a shape as the photo?

July 26, 2006  
Blogger Slystallonefan said...

Y0 Punchy how ya doin :D

July 27, 2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Stallone looks like a real champion in this pic. Look at the lines on his face..... they represent all the battles he won, inside the ring and outside the ring aswell. "GO ROCKY GO ROCKY GO ROCKY GO ROCKY GO ROCKY GO ROCKY"

July 27, 2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I think what DX-Generation Germany is trying to say, is that he is a fan of all the Rocky films and will be purchasing a ticket for the forthcoming Rocky movie.

Likewise, Mr Stallone am I.

UK.

July 29, 2006  
Blogger DanielKyte said...

Awesome.

Punchy and Rocky, possibly the best pic that has been on here

July 29, 2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

how adrian gonna die

July 30, 2006  
Anonymous nikhil said...

rocky who ever goes or comes, we fans are always with you in your good and bad times

July 30, 2006  
Anonymous CMoney said...

Doggie!!! 8-)

July 30, 2006  
Anonymous Holly said...

yo punchy i did it.

hey rocky will always be with you 4eva through bad and good times you never be alone.

sooooooooo sad that adrian passed

July 31, 2006  
Anonymous Holly the best sly lover eva said...

It's blind instinct.
But now it is Creed coming back with the left hand!
What's keeping these two guys up? A tremendous closing moment!
Here comes Balboa back, but the champion's back with another left.
A right hand! It's Creed. Now it's Balboa! Now it's Creed.
A tremendous left by Rocky. They're dead in the centre, toe to toe!
One!
Two!
Creed will retain the title. If neither gets up, Creed will win the title.
- Four! - Get up, my man.
God!
Six.
Each fighter is trying to beat the count!
Get up there!
Eight!
- Nine! - The champ is down.
Ten!
He's done it at the last second!
He made it! Rocky Balboa has shocked the world!
He is the new heavyweight champion of the world!
Ladies and gentlemen,
in a stunning upset, scoring a win by knockout,
the new heavyweight champion of the world,
Rocky Balboa!
Excuse me. Excuse me.
I just wanna say one thing - to my wife, who's home.
Yo, Adrian. I did it!
I love you. I love you.

July 31, 2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

HELLO!
SLY
HOW ARE YOU
WHO IS THE DOG
HE IS NOT PIT BULL
www.maik.nafoto.net
www.myspace.com/maikwindson
maik de windson

July 31, 2006  
Blogger Scurvy Dawg said...

Any clue on how adrian dies??

August 01, 2006  
Blogger mjm1701 said...

Damn holly you go. Sorry to see Adrian won't be making this installment of the Rocky series, but hey at least she will have company with Micky, Apollo, they can watch from the rafters above. I just have to say thanks for making one more, didn't like how the last one ended the series. He did need one more fight. Right on. Rocky lives on.

August 01, 2006  
Blogger chimbo said...

This is for you scurvy...I think Adrain died due to sorry azz movie rocky five was...dude she just couldn't take another movie. I just hope this last movie will bring back to life the Rocky movies and bring the movies rep back up from where Rocky 5 left it.

August 01, 2006  
Blogger Scurvy Dawg said...

Dude, whatever anyone says, even though Rocky V bombed at the box office big time, I liked it much better than parts III and IV. It was much closer to the original Rocky than others. It was so great to see the old neighbourhood once again. The same pub, same roads, train tracks etc. Also, the scene where rocky goes in Micky's gym to relive old moments brought tears to my eyes.. Great scene that was..

August 02, 2006  
Blogger chimbo said...

Yeah those seens were pretty good but still man rocky V not only bombed at the box office but it was a very poor thought out movie. I'm a diehard rocky movie fan and I even get a lot of crap about it, but rocky V did leave a lot to be desired. So pray on my faithful brothers lets hope 6 is a champ

August 02, 2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I thought Rocky V was the best one, and I've watched every movie dozens and dozens of times (thank God for Rocky DVD's). The problem with Rocky V is really how it ended, it could've have been longer that way it could have been concluded better. But I think the idea, and story, was fantastic. Rocky V does not get enough credit.

August 08, 2006  
Blogger chimbo said...

Rocky V was and always will be a DUD. We can only hope that sly wasn't thinking of the same thing for this movie. Hope this movie has a better plot, ending, and screen play. I love rocky and the movies I just hate the fact that an awesome movie series like rocky ended with a sorry ass movie like rocky V and I hope sly and his team make it up with this one.

August 09, 2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Oh my GOD Adrian is dead .Still this movie will kick ass.

August 09, 2006  
Anonymous Andre Mira said...

I will miss Adrian...Bring her back Rocky; at least in your memories throughout the movie!

August 09, 2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Rocky inspires everyone who has a dream to be number one....

August 09, 2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I love you Rocky.....

August 09, 2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I love Sly. I love all his movies. I am sure this one is going to be awesome!

August 10, 2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Fuck Tarver he sucks. But it will still be a GREAT movie.

August 10, 2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

i think adrian has a heart attack while watchin rocky fight.

August 11, 2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thats the real Philly, especially Kensington.

August 12, 2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

he loks really old. i can't think that and elder man can fight... maybe he could be the trainer of a new generation of boxers

August 12, 2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

no matter what anyone says rocky will forever be the GREATEST underdog story of all time and arguebly the greatest movie of all time i just recently watched all 5 movies in a row because my gf hadent seen them and BAM now im in a boxing gym training thats the unbeliveable impact this movie has on people and maybe rocky 5 wasent as good as the otheres but its now a lead in to rocky 6 which looks unbelevibly good i just hope it doesent have a ending we are all dreading and thats rocky suffers the same fate as apollo well regurd less you rule sly and long live rocky the greatest movie franchies of all time

August 12, 2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

rocky looks old yeah but that doesnt mean any thing in his movies it wasent about rocky vs apollo or clubber or ivan it was rocky vs him self proving he can do it now rocky must face age its not unrealalistic becasue the last thing to go in a body is strength remember back when george forman won the title becoming the oldest champ simply because he had the stength and hart and rocky has the stength and certainly the hart the movie looks great another good one sly thank you for making one mre rocky

August 12, 2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

there is only one Rocky, and Mr.Sly is the ONE....
don't you forget it....

August 13, 2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Rocky is only a movie!

Ali is the Greatest of all time. Panter Power!!!

August 13, 2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

ali is arguebly the greastest him and rocky marciano i think are both but like it or not rocky balboa will always be known as the greatest of all time as odd as that may seem people will always know the name rocky balboa

p.s. rocky is def not just a movie its a inspersation to millions around the world rocky is alot of things but JUST a movie is not one of them

August 14, 2006  
Anonymous Kieran mau, townsville queensland Australia said...

i really liek your muscles. even though i use steroids i try to achieve my bbest and loko exactly like you, plz make another movie so i can batt off over you again

August 15, 2006  
Anonymous Kieran Mau, Townsvile said...

Scurvy dawg needs to grow a doodle... as he looks prety homo, although i am homo i would like to penetrate you and sly at once

August 15, 2006  
Blogger rockystallone said...

WOW sly looks so wonderful, and not just for a 60 year old, he looks so young! whoever was the person who said that he looks like the dog, ur an idiot! sly is a great looking guy, im not gay im a girl, anywayz i cant wait for rocky balboa, the trailer looks so great! I have very high expectations for this movie based off the trailer and i hope the movie meets them, if its anything near to as great as part 4, then i will be very pleased! im also hoping that its a huge sucess so then there might be a lot of memorbilia, since im only 13 i wasnt around when there was, so its very hard to find good stuff except for on ebay. I cant wait for this new rocky, i was planning on being able to wait since the contender season 2 was goona start, but what the hell, hes not in it! i am upset that adrian wont be in it, but then im not cuz she alwayz pissed me off so much when she didnt believe in him and tell him that he couldnt win, shes crazy, but i dont it will be the same without her, ROCKY BALBOA IS GONNA KICK ASS, HE'LL ALWAYZ BE THE ITALIAN STALLION!

August 15, 2006  
Anonymous Mikey Chaos™ said...

when i saw the trailer i was wondering why he was at a grave site with roses. but now i see why...i thought this movie was coming out sometime next year. but none the less the entire Rocky franchise is still #1 i don't care about all you nay-sayers. ROCKY! ROCKY! ROCKY!

September 07, 2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Dianna Costa Rica,

Who dosn't love this movies, there GREAT!!! But whe are all going to miss Adrian she was like the power that Rocky need it in the most dificil time.

WERE GOING TO MISS U ADRIAN!!!

September 14, 2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

What happened with Butkus????

September 28, 2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yeah, I do recall him having a monsterous Dog a.k.a. "Butkus." Anyway, Rocky is still looking great after all these years and what ever happend to the Russian "Ivan Drago?" I bet his hands are all messed up from the steroids.....and I gotta ask Rocky a question: In Rocky 6 does he get advice from Apollo like he did in Rocky V when Tommy Gunn knocked him down and had him dazed?

October 07, 2006  
Blogger SPIDER RICO said...

I DON'T HATE BALBOA
I PITY THE FOOL
AND I WILL DESTROY ANY MAN
WHO TRIES TO TAKE
WHAT I GOT

October 13, 2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

That is such a CUTE, SWEET, ADORABLE looking dog! I love Rocky's pets! They are ALL, VERY sweet animals!:) -Aron Scott

October 26, 2006  

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