Hannibal Buress just launched the stand-up bit that may destroy Bill Cosby’s reputation as a family man.
Damn. I was planning on maybe seeing Cosby in February (before he dies, you know?). Long been a fan, grew up watching his show, first comic I really listened to, loved GHOST DAD (that movie never stood the test of time), inspired my love of Jell-O (had a girlfriend who knew about this in high school and that was bonded over). Every comic still says he’s the best when they see him. And that he does these amazing 2-hour performances just sitting in a chair.
But it was alluded by on Walking the Room podcast years back that, when Cosby died, things would come to light that weren’t good. I had no idea what it was, but it’s disappointing and awful that it’s this. It’s hard to reconcile that and I don’t want to believe it.
Cosby coming out against any comic who swears while doing stand-up (weird line to take). If it wasn’t a legend, he’d be bashed for it relentlessly (like Will Smith by Eminem for ‘not cussing in his records’). But comics can be more ruthless with freedom of speech and what they can/cannot do. I’m just surprised it took that long over something like this to be done by another comic when there was an elephant in the room/trump card to be used against that person. Damn. It’s just a hard thing to support because you don’t want to believe it’s true. But I lean towards it probably is.
With the steely precision of a surgeon — a sober surgeon, mind you — ‘The Knick’ slices through the thin membrane that separates imaginary monsters from the abject terror of being human.
Solid show. Love Soderbergh. I’d give it a ‘B/B-‘
Laughed at the switch from cocaine to heroine as the ‘cure’ from withdrawals and addiction at the very end: great final scene right there. Whenever people dream about living in a certain time period, I roll my eyes with how far back people think they could go and really, truly enjoy life. Thinking about how they dealt with the sick and what were the odds once you did is really scary.
What shocks me is that the show was shot under 3 months…and all by Sodebergh. Looking forward to more top-notch directors going to TV full-time in the future possibly.
You can go an entire day speaking only in ‘Archer’ quotes.
I need to retire saying, “That’s what she said” since it’s about a decade old. A dentist yesterday quoted Anchorman to me (“I’m kind of a big deal”), gave a hearty laugh, and I cringed while fake laughing. Because I realized I AM that person too. ARCHER quotes are a solid substitute.
A new podcast from the creators of This American Life. One story. Told week by week. Hosted by Sarah Koenig.
Pretty awesome new podcast and right up my alley.
What sold me was this recommendation on Grantland….
Juliet Litman: I’ve recently been wondering what it was like to hear The War of the Worlds radio broadcast back in 1938. The story goes that listeners across the country believed Earth was actually being invaded. The amount of hysteria that ensued is disputed, but the singularity of the radio event is not. In our culture-saturated world, it’s difficult to imagine a piece of entertainment that would provoke the same response. Even movies shrouded in secrecy before their release, like Cloverfield or the upcoming Tomorrowland film, are quickly demythologized. Not only do we face an overwhelming volume of entertainment on demand in 2014, but it all comes with ancillary material. You can almost always gather more information about who you’re watching or listening to in a matter of minutes. Can any of us fathom what it’d be like to encounter a story that can’t be explained or illuminated by a secondary source? I think the closest we can come right now is listening to the new podcast from WBEZ Chicago and the folks behind “This American Life,” Serial.
Serial is a weekly production that tells one true crime story over the course of a season (number of episodes unknown to me, and I don’t really need to know). It’s hosted by “This American Life” regular Sarah Koenig. She’s investigating the story of a murder in Maryland from 1999. A high school girl was found dead in January of that year, and her boyfriend at the time was convicted of the crime. He has been incarcerated since then, though he maintains his innocence. As Koenig explains in Episode 1, there are 22 minutes from the afternoon of the killing that remain up for debate, and she’s tracking down every lead to determine if the man who was convicted actually did it. There have been only two episodes so far (it’s definitely not too late to jump in!), and already my jaw has dropped a couple of times and I’ve talked to myself in my car about how unbelievable some of the details are.
The crux of the story and the conceit of the podcast are simple, which is part of the appeal. It’s easy to follow along as Koenig’s investigation takes turns that neither you nor she expects, which is really a testament to the Serial (and “This American Life”) team’s ability to craft a radio story. It’s as if they read In Cold Blood as a primer in narrative nonfiction, and then went on to mine all the good ideas from The Killing.
So far I’ve chosen not to Google the victim, her accused killer, or anyone else introduced in the story. Part of the idea here is that we are learning what happened very shortly after Koenig does, but I also suspect there would not be a glut of information — another particularly enjoyable aspect of this podcast experience. The crime itself occurred in 1999, before the Internet’s tentacles extended to the degree we’re familiar with. A cursory Google search mostly brings up stories about the podcast, not the crime itself. Ultimately, I’m choosing to trust the program and its producers. We just have to take on good faith that Koenig is presenting the story in a straightforward manner and accept her facts as truth. Trust has become a counterintuitive impulse when it comes to episodic entertainment, and choosing to do so is a worthy exercise in its own right. Listening to Serial is almost a relief because there’s not much discussion to have or questions to ask, except to wonder why this kind of podcast hasn’t come along sooner.
This guy right here, the one with “I am Darren Wilson” taped onto the back of his Cardinals jersey—an homage to the Ferguson, Mo., police officer who shot an unarmed teenager named Mike Brown to death in August—was at the Cardinals game last night. He, along with many other Cardinals fans, clashed with a small group of protesters who want to see Wilson prosecuted. The guy in the Darren Wilson jersey wasn’t even the worst part.
didn’t know this episode was up until now. It’s not a good one like some of the handful of others I’ve seen (Chris Rock; Louis; Patton). …but… Jerry Seinfeld/Aziz have coffee in my town (Shrewsbury). They start out at the very, very edge of Worcester (Chuck-E-Cheese) and then go into Shrewsbury. It’s this very beaten down side of town. The video captures its ugliness and dreariness pretty well. Driving down that road and being around it feels like swallowing a pack of cigarettes. That’s a weird simile but I stand by it. It’s just a really weird location to choose, but I guess Jerry just wanted to be able t drive a truck/bus and be somewhere near a truck stop diner, one that nobody I know in my town has ever gone to.
The one comedian from my town is getting big: Mike Birbiglia. So that’s cool.
Sure, in one sense, this boner dog is from back in 2013. But, in another, larger, truer sense, this boner dog is a timeless boner dog. Look at those sad eyes. It’s a heavy burden, this enormous dog boner. Who will help me bear this dog boner? Can’t even get any work done in my office chair.
“In her report, Coyne wrote that the Palins got back into the Hummer but didn’t leave until after Track was reportedly seen standing with his shirt off in front of the house, flipping off other departing partygoers.”—Not sure you’ll find a better paragraph. (via comediandaveanthony)
Alex Robinson, resident of the great city of Boston, Massachusetts, discovered a heartwarming message—presumably written by a benevolent former resident—while pulling up floorboards during a renovation of his Charlestown home.
haha sounds like someone left something for Bill Burr
Welcome back to the NFL, the one professional sports league whose commissioner has seen to it that, good, bad or ugly, it’s always on your mind.
Love the NFL. Both Matt Ufford and Bill Simmons basically wrote the same article. Funny how that is so, but it’s right.
…also, on DRAFT DAY…. The hardest and most I enjoyed DRAFT DAY was when Frank Langella was pissed at the trading of the #1 pick (when, you know, they gave up three 1st rounders to do that). So he then takes a cab, makes it to the airport, flies back to Cleveland, and arrives at the team’s headquarters in time for the 5th or 7th pick and he is irate. It’s so impossible since that would take 20-30 minutes between the 1st pick and that pick. Such an awful movie. I should say that you should rent it for that and see how hard you laugh. And then scream as an armchair GM for everything you shouldn’t do. Fuck, Kevin Costner should be fired 1000 times over in that movie for how badly he fucks things up.
The uprising in Ferguson was an inevitable reaction to the institutional racism coursing through the area for decades.
super long read that’s worth your time. Infuriating and a good reason why people think the system, lawyers, and police in America are lame and rigged.
I thought about being a cop so I could be a detective or do some good. But, in all likelihood, I’d probably end up being some asshole traffic cop. What a piece of shit job that is. But something way deeper and disturbing is going on there.
I don’t think Fox News really cares to understand that, while the death of Michael Brown may never be understood completely, that the anger/protests is about something so much more than just his death. That’s clear and it’s something that could happen anywhere. How can that not be acknowledged? It’s only going to happen more and more.
Some people are fans of the New England Patriots. But many, many more people are NOT fans of the New England Patriots. This 2014 Deadspin NFL team preview is for those in the latter group.
Magary’s annual ‘Your Team Sucks’ finally comes to my beloved Pats. Love it and always worth a read.
I like to think I’m a realistic fan…and tend to be pessimistic. There’s no other coach or QB I’d rather have in football. WIth that said, Belichick as a GM fucking blows and needs some more outside input. He falls too in love with Rutgers and Florida players and hasn’t learned any lessons from being burned by that going back to Chad Jackson in 2006 when his own position coach, Brian Daboll, came running back to him NOT to draft him. Too many bad draft moves that were shitty at the time (Donta Hightower being a tweener when I wanted Lavonte David since he fit the mold of undersized LB’s being successful in pass-happy game; Tavon Wilson when they could have him in the 7th; a crippled Ras-I Dowling; any Rutgers player; Brandon Meriweather; Ron Brace; Aaron Dobson over Keenan Allen; Patrick Chung over his Oregon teammate Jairus Byrd). Some bad picks I get (Darius Butler; Terrence Wheatley) since they were athletic CB’s in a league that was shifting towards rules that made it harder to play defense. Reaches for shitty players (Chad Ochocinco; Albert Haynesworth) that left the team exposed, paying the wrong guys (Hernandez; Leigh Boddenn; Adalius Thomas; Jonathan Fanene; Amendola when they had Edelman), letting guys go for cheap (Welker; Woodhead; Deion Branch in 2006 when they had no WR’s; Mike Vrabel), and not going after some awesome players (Tony Gonzalez; Steve Smith) when they had the assets to make a move on desperate franchises (Chiefs; Panthers) with spotty GM’s. I don’t expect the Pats to be perfect but I leave almost every recent draft feeling devastated by what they did and proven right by how burned I felt.
Also, fuck me for being an armchair GM. But I am a nerd for the team-building process of following an NFL team.
I think the Pats go 12-4 this season (favorable schedule) and blow it in the AFC Championship Game or the Super Bowl. The offensive line is horrid, offensive weapons are unreliable (Amendola/Edelman do the same thing; Dobson isn’t there; LaFell sucks: no Panther fan is sorry he’s gone). They’re thin on front-7 depth on D, particularly Linebacker. They have no Strong Safety and haven’t had one since Rodney Harrison left. I knew Mankins would be gone for sure since he had a high cap number and he would never budge. But to be traded for an undrafted Rutgers tight end? What?! They went after 10 Rutgers players in 2013 and he somehow wasn’t one of them? What the fuck?
PREDICTIONS: Chandler Jones finally breaks out this season and gets 15+ sacks. Jamie Collins should break out. Maybe Donta Hightower gets moved as a 3rd down specialist to DE since he’s slow as a LB, but they don’t have much depth at LB. Maybe Shane Vereen too if he can ever stay healthy. I like Dominique Easley but he’s a rookie coming back from another torn ACL…and Danny Amendola gets injured. Also the offensive line will be a major issue and Brady is in for a world of hurt.
I know full well that when Tom Brady is gone, we will fucking suck again. Drew Bledsoe took 10 years off my dad’s life. I hated watching him play and how much he sucked in the pocket and held on to the ball forever. I assure you, no one thinks he’s better than Tom Brady. The distance between a great QB is and then everybody else is so obvious when you go from game-to-game. It’s night and day to see from game-to-game. The 2008 season was a fluke with the easiest possible schedule (AFC West NFC West). Even Chad Pennington/Brett Favre had 11 wins that season with equally shitty teams. That’s what people in the Peyton Manning is better than Tom Brady camp fail to realize about that bullshit argument. Also, Cassel went 10-6 in 2009 with the Chiefs (same favorable AFC West/NFC West schedule). And, yes, Cassel sucks and I’m amazed he’s a starter for going on 7 seasons when he didn’t play in college or his first 3 years in the NFL (7 years of NOT playing at all: holy shit!) Good luck seeing Curtis Painter or Dan Orlovsky pull off that shit.
Things I hate the most about the Pats (could list the things I love, but hating is so much better) -‘the Patriot Way’ -hate for Tom Brady from moron fans: just a general lack of knowing that this is the best it’s ever going to get -the stadium is the furthest away from the city (Boston) than any other NFL team. Foxborough sucks. It’s much closer to Providence. -the acoustics of the stadium push the sound outward. So it sucks, sound wise, for an NFL game or if you’re there for music. Seattle’s is masterfully amplified. -the long walk to the Patriot rail line or the parking lot after games in bad weather: I saw a 70-year old dude fall face first on ice trying to board the train after the 2010 regular season finale against the Dolphins and just stunned in a pool of his own blood and broken jaw. The long walk to the parking lot after the 2013 AFC Championship Game? Iced all over. My cousin broke her arm. I fell a couple times on my ass. Again, 60K+ people had to make this walk. Not great. -the re-enactor colonials who shoot guns after TD’s.in the end zone. God, I hate those guys. -Barstool sports douchebags -the insufferable local media (WEEI guys; Shaughnessy). I actually dig Bill Simmons but his NFL columns aren’t great. -over-the-top reverence for Robert Kraft when he tried moving the team to Hartford. I like the guy, but draw a line. -Eli Manning sucks and the Pats got outplayed/outcoached by them in those games. Also, they somehow recovered every one of their own fumbles in those 2 games. Tyree’s catch (no holding on that play when holding was rightfully called on the Pats O-Line all game when their offensive line were human turnstiles). A lot of luck goes into winning. It’s just weird to see such an inconsistent and mediocre Giants football team win in those seasons when they had 4-game losing streaks and barely made it in. Pats deserved to lose in 2007, the 2011 game was much more even/unlucky.
-Josh McDaniel: his playcalling a need to go after shitty players -not having a proper Defensive Coordinator: bring back Rob ‘Wolfman’ Ryan. I would pay a bounty to get Rex Ryan to be the Pats DC if the Jets ever fire him. -a bald-headed guy in a Pat Tillman jersey ridiculing every opposing fan the whole game (Texans Monday night) in the nosebleeds. It’s a holier-than-thou stance to take and you’re going to win wearing that jersey, I guess. I suppose it’s like that in most stadiums somewhere. My brother and his friend get a TON of shit and food/ketchup thrown at him at Jets games and threats to fight when he goes with my former roommate there. That type of fan has been phased out of Foxboro since Gillette was built, I’d say. -Boston’s more of a Red Sox town than a Pats town: it should be the opposite but Gillette Stadium is in Foxboro. Fuck, I really hate Sox fans. -the 2008 game against the Dolphins when they introduced the Wildcat. Anybody watching that knew it was a fluke thing and ANY team would be wildly unprepared for. Pats had lost Tom Brady a week or so prior. The fans booed and left in droves. Some players got ridiculed for shitting on the fans for leaving that one. Never mind the fact that they nearly went undefeated the season prior or had an all-time great run between 2001-2007. I still say 2008 was a fun season to follow. Matt Cassel actually improved week-to-week (can’t throw deep though). Randy Moss actually gave a shit before he gave up completely in 2009. -my dad: the WORST fan. He hasn’t ever watched a full game that I know of. He forgets games are on. And then when he does come in, he immediately starts yelling/hollering and acting like he is the Defensive Coordinator and talking the whole fucking way through it. Then he walks out if they let up a first down or if they don’t convert, thinks the team is shit, and overreacts to everything. My brother and I gave up trying to get through to him what a fuckhead he is. The other worst kind of fan is someone, like my Jets fan roommate, who yells/argues every call like the lawyer he is. Both are awful ends of the spectrum. I tend to just watch games calmly and shut the fuck up. I might yell if there’s a surprise Touchdown out of nowhere.
AFC East Patriots: 12-4 Jets: 8-8 Dolphins: 8-8 Bills: 4-12
AFC West Broncos: 13-3 Chargers: 10-6 Chiefs: 6-10 Raiders: 3-13
AFC North Bengals: 10-6 Ravens: 9-7 Steelers -7-9 Browns: 5-11
AFC South Colts: 10-6 Texans: 9-7 Jaguars: 4-12 Titans: 3-13
NFC West Seahawks-12-4 49ers-10-6 Rams-7-9 Cardinals: 3-13
NFC East Eagles: 12-4 Redskins: 6-10 Cowboys: 4-12 Giants: 3-13
NFC North Packers: 11-5 Bears: 10-6 Lions: 9-7 Vikings: 6-10
NFC South Saints: 13-3 Bucs: 8-8 Falcons: 4-12 Panthers: 3-13
AFC Championship: Broncos 28 over Patriots 24 NFC Championship: Saints 28 over Seahawks 24 Super Bowl: Saints 31 over Broncos 28
MVP: Peyton Manning
Honorable: Tom Brady; Aaron Rodgers; Drew Brees; Andrew Luck; JJ Watt; Calvin Johnson Defensive Player of Year: JJ Watt honorable: Luke Kuechly; Robert Quinn; Earl Thomas; Darrelle Revis; Sheldon Richardson; Clay Matthews
Offensive Player of Year: Calvin Johnson Honorable: LeSean McCoy; Adrian Peterson
Coach of Year: Chip Kelly Honorable: Bill Belichick (should win it every year); Pete Carroll; Jim Harbaugh; Sean Payton; Lovie Smith; Bill O’Brien
Offensive Rookie of Year- Brandin Cooks Honorable: Sammy Watkins; Eric Ebron; Jake Matthews
Defensive Rookie of Year-Jadeveon Clowney Honorable: CJ Mosley; Aaron Donald; Ryan Shazier; Calvin Pryor; Anthony Barr