Archive for the ‘Television’ Category

Pull up your orange couch, postpone your reading of the back of the cereal box and deter your eyes to this blog because today I’m going to bring you back to your childhood. Today I will be highlighting and analyzing the Top Ten 90s Nickelodeon Shows.

This was our era! When we are retired and crossing kids back and forth across the street in a reflective vest, this is the era that we will look back on. It will not be the 2000s, where we talk about MTV’s “Made: I want to be a hip-hop dancer” or the 2010s with “The Jersey Shore” and their multiple spin-offs. This was our time to shine and I plan on bringing all of the spotlight back for our remembering pleasure just like it was a SNICK Friday.

10. Are You Afraid of the Dark?: I realize this may shock some of you that the SNICK headliner is this far down on the list. And those dropped jaws are justified however, I am a little girl when it comes to scary stuff. I don’t like roller coasters, I don’t like scary movies (realistic or unrealistic) and I DID NOT like Are You Afraid of the Dark?. This was a pivotal time on my pre-adolescence and was the epitome of everything scary. Just listening to this intro (because I wouldn’t watch it) brings back bad memories, so let’s move on.

9. Clarissa Explains It All: Shut up Ferg-breath! Clarissa was a big sister to all of us. She was the ultimate hipster before hipsters existed. She was always on the cutting edge of fashion and was the PG version of Carrie Bradshaw from Sex and the City for boys and girls of all ages. This was Melissa Joan Hart’s first big hit before she could make the jump that all 90s child stars aspired for, from SNICK on Nickelodeon to Sabrina the Teenage Witch on TGIF.

8. My Brother and Me: This show had a profound impact on my life and shaped me into the person I am today. Even though the acting was horrible and the laugh machine was antiquated, it was My Brother and Me that made me want to be black. I wanted to have a haircut like Alfie and have a little brother to pick on like Dee Dee. I remember wearing the same shirts as them, granted in a smaller size but the same shirts nonetheless. And I don’t know what I would have done without Goo and his punch in my life. Who knows I could be listening to country music and in theatre or something if it weren’t for them.

7. Gullah Gullah Island: This was the show we all watched but didn’t tell anyone we watched because it was on “Nick Jr.” It was educational and taught us many life lessons at a young age that “Ren and Stimpy” could not. Maybe a younger sibling wanted to watch it and we would pretend like we wanted to watch the much more mature Hey Arnold but we really didn’t because we wanted to see what Binya Binya Pollywog was up to next.

6. Doug: Doug Funnie was most guys in middle school. He was post-puberty but still awakward. He had his dog, Porkchop, and main squeeze, Skeeter, to help him through the trials and tribulations of maturity. He had the many crushes on Patty Mayonaise and was always getting picked on by Roger Klotz. These were all great characters with great storylines revolving around them but we forget the great music that Doug brought us by the “The Beets.” Hits like “Killer Tofu,” “Bangin’ on a Trash Can,” “Shout Your Lungs Out,” or my all time favorite “I Need More Allowance.”

5. Hey Dude: I was one of those kids that never wanted to go away to sleep-away camp (until I saw Bug Juice but that is a blog for another day) but if I were to go on vacation I wanted to go to The Bar-None Ranch. Everyone just was always having a good time. It was a place where you could forget all of your worries and relax amidst the great Wild West culture.

4. GUTS: Do you have it? I friggin love this show! Mike O’Malley got his big break here on GUTS before he could move on to bigger and better projects like Glee? Conquering the Agro Crag was a goal for not only American kids but kids around the world. It was basically the kids version of Gladiators. It taught us life skills like teamwork, perseverance, and pride for your country. It was just a good overall show and it’s sad that kids these days don’t have anything like GUTS to teach them things like GUTS did. Instead they’re learning how to have sex at 11, watching Skins. Now, that I have hopped off my soapbox, “tell em what they’ve won, Mo”!

3. Rugrats: The best cartoon of all time! I wasn’t a big cartoon fan as a kid but Rugrats broke animation barriers. They were the Jackie Robinson and Billie Jean King of 90s Nickelodeon Shows. The characters made the show for us. Tommy and Angelica Pickles, Chuckie Finster, Phil and Lil DeVille, Dr. Lipschitz, and Reptar. The adventures that the toddlers and infants were going on seemed impossible to us even as we were much older as we still admired them for their bravery.

2. The Secret World of Alex Mack: I never like it when girls wore baseball hats but Larisa Olyenik was the exception to the rule. Although I never stood a chance because she had a crush on Ray in what seemed like every episode. She was the queen of the “90s tom-boy look” and had magic powers. I now see the subconscious and political undertones taking shots at oil spills and the effects on society but it was a great show with a lot more drama that you would expect. She could zap things, morph into liquid, all the while never messing up her hair.

1. Salute Your Shorts: “Camp Anawanna, we hold you in our hearts, and when we think about you, it makes me wanna fart! It’s hold you in our hearts, get it right or pay the price.” This was the best show Nickelodeon ever aired and completely underrated if you ask me. You just cannot replicate characters like Donkey Lips, Ug Lee, ZZ, and Budnick. We could relate to them. There were the bullies, popular girls, jocks, and nerds. They embodied everything we ever went through as kids in a few summers on a lake and the credit is all due to them.


No, not him… This guy!

This Ted Williams is the viral hit that has captivated many Americans in 2011. First and foremost I’m pretty sure I will be the first person on Earth to claim this but I am going as him for Halloween for this year. Dibs! I wish there was a way I could sell this idea to the Halloween costume companies just like my Keenan Cahill idea but whatever…

Ted Williams was recently discovered in Columbus, Ohio where he was a regular on the medians and freeway turnoffs. He would trade his service of saying whatever it is the idle drivers wanted in exchange for some change. A local news reporter caught wind of this story and Ted’s “golden voice” and did a story on him for their local news. The special interest piece aired and the rest is history.

Ted became homeless after college where he studied communications with aspirations of becoming a radio personality. Like many homeless people his problems started with adultery, drugs, and alcohol and once the vices take over the mind and body everything starts going down hill. Up until recently, Ted has been on the streets between from his hometown of Brooklyn to the Midwest for the last ten years of which the last two years he claims to have been sotally tober, I mean totally sober.

The last few weeks have been a complete whirlwind for Ted after the story hit the internet. He was raised by his Mother and feels that it is his love for her and God that he will never go back to his previous ways. He gives all credit to God and that everything is a complete blessing to him because he feels that he has finally begun to rely on Him for strength and that this is the reason he has had so many opportunities.

“The Today Show” has now brought all of these new opportunities to the surface for the Obama look-a-like. He has received offers from the Cleveland Cavaliers to be their announcer, from NFL Films to do their voiceovers, and from Kraft to be the official spokesperson for Kraft Macaroni and Cheese. Although I’m not sure even LeBron’s old crib will be big enough to house the empire Ted is bound to have with Quicken Loans and the multitude of other offers.

Not only has he gotten a new wardrobe that wasn’t from the Salvation Army but he has also been offered free dental work to fix the twenty years of decay and infections that have gone without treatment. Ted was worried that possible medications could be the gateway for him to fall back into more serious drugs and alcohol but he was reassured by the Dentist that there are alternatives methods of helping with his recovery process.

With all of this attention on him and everyone wanting to mooch off of his newfound celebrity he has found time to visit his mother. He recognizes that his current situation has the ability to take a hold of him and his family and he worries that temptation could come back to haunt him.

He also was introduced back with his ex-wife and family and as one can assume he hasn’t always been the best father and husband. Dr. Phil tries to do a mini-intervention with him to make sure that he doesn’t let his fame get the best of his and that he should use this opportunity to not only make up for past mistakes with family but also to be able to give back to the community to keep him grounded and limiting the opportunity for him to get sucked back in.

It seems as though he already had relapse back to alcohol. It may have been just a lapse of better judgement or he took a moment to loosen up and celebrate but it is reported by many media outlets that he got in a heated argument in a Renaissance Hotel in Hollywood with his daughter. The police were called and they were brought in for questioning although no charges were pressed by either party. No one really knows what happened behind closed doors and we probably never will, we can only hope that it was an argument that was the result of bottled-up emotions instead of the emotions of emptied bottles.

It is obvious that someone in his state needs to stay away from alcohol and drugs and I don’t want to sound like I am buying into all of his stories but I am more compelled to believe him over the daughter. Where the daughter has twenty years of hatred built up against her father and now she has the opportunity to gain financially and mentally by bringing him down because of how much he hurt her.

Like I said, no on really knows that happens but we can only hope and pray for them that they don’t let their family fall apart, it doesn’t matter whose fault it was. If I was Dr. Phil, I’d throw all of them in family therapy because there are obviously a lot of issues that need to be addressed on both parts and with the spotlight turned on high it won’t take much for the 15 minutes of fame to melt away and for him to be back on the streets and for his family to be Father-less again.

That’s right “American Idol” is back and celebrating its 10th season in commission. The show that has people of all shapes and sizes glued to the TV January-May is back on Wednesdays and Thursdays at 8pm on the channel where news is fair and balanced, FOX. I had to throw a little plug in there (even though they are just as biased as the liberal networks).

Anywho, Seacreast and your dog and mine, Randy Jackson, are back but with some new plastic surgery ridden faces. My dude, Ellen, had a short and sweet stint on Idol and is over so she can concentrate on shopping for cardigan sweaters and khaki pants. Our favorite villain, Simon Cowell has decided to retire from his tough job of telling people they were “dreadful” so he can continue to perooze and galavant around Britain and Lake Las Vegas (just as long he wasn’t foreclosed on like the rest of the community) with his adult film star lady friends.

Kara DioGuardi also will not return to the Kodak Theatre this season as she will further her pursuits of writing music and coug-ing around. And thank God Paula Abdul was not asked to return after a season off. While some people found her pleasant, Idol found her salary wasn’t so high it was the clause in her contract requesting that her insurance plan require extensive prescriptions for medicines. Plus she has smaller fish to fry on her new show “Live to Dance,” that we will get to later.

With these star-studded celebrity judges pursuing other endeavors, how will the reality show be able to compensate with a level of credibility as well as star power? Idol thinks they have assembled a team headed up by Aerosmith front man, Steven Tyler. They feel that the spider monkey look-a-like will be able to judge with a sense of experience, while also being able to fill Simon’s shoes with wit and brashness.

If his credibility isn’t enough, Idol really brings the heat with by bringing on a former “In Living Color” back-up dancer? That’s right Jenny from the block, who is more famous for her hind parts than her vocal chords, will be judging the contestants on their ability to sing. We can only hope for some fireworks from her as I’m sure she is bound to get her fair share of criticism of whether or not her opinions should hold water. However, I think we all liked this song…

With these high-powered personalities invading our evenings, this season of Idol has the makings for plenty of awkward drama and drama = laughter for me at least. I could really care less if they find the next singing sensation, as I am more concerned with the next viral hits like “Pants on the Ground,” William Hung, and these other characters.

With Paula Abdul not there to make people feel better about sucking at singing she had gone back to her roots of telling people they suck at dancing where she actually has some credibility in the field. Her new show “Live to Dance” has kicked off its first season Wednesday nights on CBS at 8pm. The season is already well into its 2nd round of semi-finals ( I know I was shocked too).

From the one episode that I have seen, it seems as though LTD is a combination of “American’s Got Talent,” “Americas Best Dance Crew,” “So You Think You Can Dance,” and “General Hospital.” Paula Abdul and two other nameless judges scour the country searching for the next big thing in dance. Whether it is a solo, pair, or full crew, the contestants are judged on their uniqueness and level of difficulty.

I don’t really know what the reactions or ratings of this show look like nor do I care really. I think the show sucks as it isn’t half as good as its derived shows. And not even being half as good as “America’s Got Talent” means it must really suck to me. The show is kind of like a roller coaster for someone who thinks they have motion sickness issues. You don’t think you’ll like it but you have to give it a whirl just to validate your preconceptions of getting sick.

So, watch the show once or better yet DVR it so you can fast forward through the shows and catch the commercials and take your ratings elsewhere to “American Idol” where the first round auditions are bound to produce a few laughs and maybe hook you for the remainder of the season like Carrie Underwood hooked me. Ladies, insert tears here…

Mackin out.

Frivolous Fridays are back and this review seems more frivolous than ever. Last night was the season premier of “Jersey Shore” Season 3 and it looks as though the old crew with a new addition is up to the same shenanigans. The guidos and guidettes headed back up the turnpike to Seaside Heights, New Jersey. For obvious reasons Angelina decided not to pack up her ripped jeans and come back for a third season and she is now replaced by Snookie’s friend and party girl/meatball, Deena.

The show opens as always with the roommates packing up in their parents’ houses but there is one difference from previous seasons. Now instead of rolling up in their hoop-dees, the roommates pull out in Beemers, Benzs, and Bentleys. Well not Bentleys but Cadillacs and Range Rovers too. It is plain to see that stardom is beginning to pay off (yep, pun intended) as they spend all of the money that Jet has been paying them over the last year on transportation.

As every other MTV reality show goes the first roommates get first dibs on their room of choice upon arrival. This season’s hares were Ronnie and Sam that won the bedroom race. However, the turtles win in the end by not having to room with them. They chose a three-person bedroom which they knew would be awkward going in but their need for an extra four square feet clouded their sense of reason and judgement. This was the beginning of the end.

It was all downhill from there as the cast embarked on their traditional first night drinking. True character was shown by Sami as she failed to come into this season with an open mind as she shut out all the girls from past notation experiences. She even has the audacity to be flat-out rude to Deena, who she has never met before just because she is associated with Snookie and J-Woww.

In the offseason, Vinny had hooked up with Snickers’ best friend which Snooks was not happy about because she had feelings for him that she spilled her heart for the human kickstand, Vinny, of which he respectfully declined. The self-dubbed “walking holiday,” Deena, flirts with Situation by luring him in with the old “come help me find my hat” trick. She then proceeds to disrobe in front of Situation that they described as an accident. However, I think that was how they decided to portray the situation due to the awkwardness of Situation’s decision to not act upon the situation.

She further pursues Situation by trying to “snuggle” in Mike’s room with his onlooking bed-roommates. With Sami and Deena already off to a rough start, their friendship is not strengthens made better with Sami’s mocking of not being able to close the potential smoosh and it was all downstairs from there.

Deena begins to plead her story to the other housemates by calling Sami a “C U Next Tuesday” but because the eight Italians live in an 1,700 sq. ft. house ,Sami and Ron hear everything that is said. Ron proceeds to charge down the steps like he is going to take out Deena with “one shot kid, one shot.” They then begin to bark back and forth for about 6 TV minutes until Sami gets involved, then Snookie gets involved, then J-Wow really gets involved by getting in Sami’s face and calls her out. Ohhhhhhh!

That is where the episode ended and the season’s previews started. MTV alludes to lots of tears from J-Wow breaking up with her boyfriend, Snookie’s public intoxication, a mean right hook from Sami to Ronnie’s jaw which leads to their fifth recorded breakup and ultimately Sami’s departure from the shorehouse. I along with many others will be excited for that day in that the most ignorant form of debate ever will now be over.

I have never seen a group of people who have absolutely no clue as to carry an argument, it really bothers me to the point where I have trouble watching the show because I am so frustrated with their lack of logic. This season looks like it has the makings for another dramatic and riveting weekly cliffhangers, which I think will eventually lead to this being the last season. We can only watch the same people box each other and fist pump for so long before they jump the shark.

I know this video is from last season but the fact that this guy vlogs is funny and hopefully this referral will get the poor guy’s viewership up. My only hope is that MVP comes up with some new pop culture catch phrases for all of us to post on Facebook.

HBO is a leader is the sports documentary world with big hits in “Hard Knocks,” “24/7 Pacquioa/Whoever,” and now a newfound rivalry between the Pittsburgh Penguins and the Washington Capitals. The main characters in the drama are NHL stars Sidney Crosby and Alex Ovechkin.

This mini-series showcases the road to the 2011 NHL Winter Classic of the these two Eastern Conference rivals playing outdoors at Heinz Field in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. HBO is allowed unlimited access to both benches and locker rooms giving us uncensored insight into the inner workings of the rivalry.

The Pens are one of the league’s best teams with the league’s best player. Sid “The Kid” gets a lot of flack for being kind of a “pretty boy” for whining and not wanting to mix it up in years past. However, on multiple occasions this season Sid has dropped the gloves to prove the he is not a pansy and that not only can he score on you but he can pull a sweater of your head and punch you a couple of times too.

The Pens are led by young Head Coach, Dan Bylsma who won the Stanley Cup with the Pens only 4 months after being called up from their minor league system. He is the NHL’s version of Josh McDaniels except he actually wins games and he isn’t a doucher. He brings a fun and intense atmosphere to the team in by having a monthly shootout contest in which the last player to score has to grow out his mustache until the next month’s practice.

Hockey players are different than other new-age athletes. They have a stereotype of being tougher than other players. They are allowed and encouraged to fight and fight well. The grow out funny mustaches and beard combinations. They add the letter “Y” to the end of someones name to better identify themselves through nick of name. These hockey player traits are also brought forth by the struggling Washington Capitals.

Russian phenom Alexander “The Great” Ovechkin wears the “C” for the Caps. He isn’t as corporate as his young counterpart. He has the signature missing teeth, scratchy beard, of which he recently shaved due to his new deal with Gillette. AO is known for his flashy play and playboy nature off the ice. He is known well by the ladies in competing cities as well as the bartenders who keep fine Russian vodkas in the well for him.

The Caps are stuck in a bit of a rut right now that Head Coach Bruce Boudreau (who reminds me of an angry roly poly) cannot seem to pull his players out of. Losing streaks, spreading flu viruses, and poor defense have kept the Caps a foot the bottom of the Eastern Conference this year, which adds to the building competitive antimosity towards New Years day when they enter into the Winter Classic.

The Caps got kids in the nurse’s office and the Pens are trying to fend off others till they can get back to full strength with the return of league leading point getter Evgeni Malkin. The both have their work cut out for them as they are taped taping their sticks on their skate to playing on the pond outside in the Burgh.

It is outdoor played games like this that I feel brings the NHL back to where it should be as a top 4 sport in America that has been taken over by UFC, NASCAR, soccer, and golf. The NHL has also implemented a playground system of selecting their 2011 All Star Team. The team’s capitans will select their remaining players in hopes of hosting a more competitive game with a playoff atmosphere rather than that of an exhibition.

Obviously hockey isn’t as popular as football in America, but this is a great show if you like hockey or can at least tolerate it. It is on Wednesdays at 7pm on HBO and I highly suggest you DVR it. Most people who watched Hard Knocks weren’t avid Jets/football fans they were just people who liked getting an insider’s view into a cool reality show.

I love me some high-fructose corn syrup and the best way to utilize this sticky sweet is in a carbonated beverage. Right now society is so health conscious using alternative sugars like Aspartame (which is proven to cause cancer is extremely high amounts) and the natural and surprisingly tasty option Astevia.

However, I still am a fat kid that loves soda at heart and there are thousands to choose from. But do not fret as I have done all the dirty work for you as I have made a playlist of my favorite sodas of all time. These icy cold ones are the reason I was “husky” in 6th grade before basketball season and probably the reason I am diving head first into vats of craft beer.

As ushe (that’s “usually” abbreviated, sorry I know it doesn’t roll of the tongue that well) my ten will differ from your ten, your Mom’s ten, the guy she liked in high school’s ten, and his kid who you played soccer with when you were sever years old’s ten. So, please feel free to voice your opinion on the platforms that I may have missed.

10. All Sport: Thank God for this blog! I have gone the last 8 years thinking All Sport was discontinued but thanks to my research I have come to find out it still exists. The last time I had it was in the 9th grade when I drank three bottles prior to basketball intramurals (much different from college intramurals) and puked it all up. But I’ll tell you it was just as good coming up as it was going down. It stands in a class of its own of being a carbonated sports drink that is paired extremely well with CCSD cafeteria chocolate chip cookies.

9. Code Red Mountain Dew: I was never a big fan of original Mountain Dew. I didn’t like the citrusy and grapefruit-like nodes I got when it was swirled in a fine piece of glassware. However, I did like its fruit punch-inspired cousin, Code Red. A Code Red vintage 2004 can be best enjoyed from a Taco Bell accompanied by a Cheesy Gordita Crunch and Beefy Five-Layer Burrito. Pure bliss.

8. Canada Dry Ginger Ale: Made with real bits of panther, I mean ginger, so you know it’s good. This is a mature and sophisticated soft drink that can make a kid look old and an old guy look well.. older. This aromatic drink will leave your taste buds buzzing with excitement even from high altitudes. Which just so happens to be its ideal serving location. Next time you are aboard a Southwest Airlines flight, order a Ginger Ale to wash down your two packs of dry roasted peanuts, it is pairing that will have you truly perturbed if you hit a storm cell or some turbulence causing your drink to swell over its shallow cupholder like a soda tsunami.

7. Club Soda: I know I know. Club Soda is just water with CO2 and sodium. But this chemistry equation is balanced on both sides. Why have water when you can have sparkling water? That’s like choosing a dull diamond over a brilliant one. If there is ever a rare time that I choose to enjoy a nice spirit, I always am sure to cut the bite with fresh soda water straight out of the gun with a lime. It also happens to be the alcoholic drink with the least caloric count, like I’m counting…

6. Dr. Brown’s Cream Soda: This refreshing and sweet treat brings me back to my childhood of frequenting Jewish delicatessens. My Dad was a sucker for a knish and I always went with a Pastrami on Rye. The savoryness of the pastrami was perfectly balanced by the creamy yet subtle sugars of the Dr. Brown’s Cream Soda. Dr. Brown’s can only be found at traditional Jewish delis, so if you can find one I highly suggest you try the Judaic jubilation.

5. Orange Slice: “Who loves orange soda? Kel (and Mackin) loves orange soda.” This is basically candy in a cup. It is highly sweetened and highly delicious. A good friend of mine Chris Dinh, showed me that when used to chase a spiced rum the combination of the two flavors taste just like an orange creamsicle. I actually saw one of these episodes live from Universal Studios in Orlando, Florida. I was pissed because I wanted to see Mo and the Agro Crag on G.U.T.S. but this was still cool. “Yes, I did I did I did I di-id.”

4. Diet Cherry Vanilla Dr. Pepper: As if 23 flavors weren’t enough, Dr. Pepper added three more for what would be the most complex flavor profile of all time. It is the only soda that has all categories of the food triangle in one 2-liter bottle. My favorite way to enjoy is with poor-quality delivery pizza. The sub-par pizza really allows the Diet Cherry Vanilla Dr. Pepper’s flavors to shine through.

3. Surge: This bootleg Moutain Dew was just flat-out a fun drinking experience. It was ridden with sugar and highly caffeineted that had us and the wall ball bouncing off the walls at lunchtime. You have never hit a tetherball so hard as you have after drinking a can of Surge. It was the children’s version of steroids that never really tasted that great but was fun to make fun of your guy friends when they drank it by saying “it lowers your sperm count, it lowers your sperm count.” Like we even knew what that meant at the age of 9.

2. Pepsi: Yep, Pepsi over Coke. I choose to go with more sugar and less carbonation. When drank ice cold, the Pepsi almost burns your tongue a little bit. Pepsi encompasses the next generation. Pepsi is American. To me, it isn’t even a matter of discussion when choosing between Pepsi and Coke. The commericals are ground-breaking and are reminiscent of the holiday season when people are cheery. There are the age-old ads, where Pepsi always wins but here is when you might remember that is my favorite.

1. Sierra Mist: I used to drink be a Sprite drinker but when Sprite signed on Kobe Bryant as their spokesman in the late 1990s I was completely turned off and turned on to a much more viable competitor. The commercials are right in that the only way to accurately describe Sierra Mist is with the phrase “shockingly refreshing.” It leaves little bubbles of goodness dancing on your tongue with joy. The lemon/lime flavor is bold but it doesn’t over power. You can have one a warm Summer’s eve or beside a cozy fireplace in the Winter. Truly balanced, flavorful, and refreshing. Everything a soda should be. Amen!

As my love for craft beer strengthens, my longing for more information increases. The premier of the new hit TV show,
Brewmasters comes at the perfect time. Brewmasters is on the Discovery Channel Sundays at 7pm and Thursdays at 5pm. The show is a reality series highlighting the day-to-day operations of Dogfish Head Brewery in Milton, Delaware.

The star of the show is founder of Dogfish Head Brewery, Sam Calagione. Sam started off as home brewer in his apartment in New York City and decided he wanted to start his own brewery. Now Dogfish Head is one of the largest craft brewers in America. Saying ‘large craft brewer’ is kind of like an oxymoron because craft beer only makes up 1% of the beer market in America of which Dogfish Head has to take their small piece of the pie.

Sam and Dogfish Head live by the motto “off-centered ales for off-centered people.” It is this motto that allows them to create fun, interesting, and innovative beers by thinking outside of the bottle. Sam is accompanied by his Bremaster, Floris and Head Brewer, Bryan. Sam uses their brewing expertise to help bring his crazy ideas back down to Earth to see if his ideas are actually possible to brew, whether it be on a small or large-scale.

The season started off with Dogfish Head making a special and limited edition brew for Sony’s re-release of Miles Davis’ classic album “Bitches Brew.” There is the obvious play off words with “brew” so it seemed like a great partnership. Sam and his team used the different traits from the music to craft a beer that mimicked the music. Bitches Brew is a dark beer made with the combination of an imperial stout and honey beer with gesho root. This combination is representative of the yin and yang/dark and light album cover.

The next episode Sam brings back an old idea of brewing Chicha. Chicha is a beer that is made by fermenting chewed up corn that is perfected by the ancient Peruvians. It may seem disgusting but any of the saliva is cooked off when boiled producing a low-alcoholic beer that has floral nodes that bring out the true flavor of the corn. This off-centered ale was so time intensive that he had all of his employees chewing/spitting corn like dip, while they worked just to make a small batch for his local brew pub in Rehoboth, DE.

The most recent episode was too-fold. Half of the episode focused in on a problem they had with one of their most famous and profitable beers, their 120 Minute IPA. Their 120 Minute IPA take three months to brew compared to the average ten days for most ales. With this length of time there is a lot of room for error and there was one. Something went wrong throughout the brewing process causing Sam to have to cancel and dump 20,000 gallons and over $500,000 worth of profits of one batch of their famous IPA.

The second half of the episode brings out Sam’s entrepreneurial side where he was approached by an eco-friendly surfboard company in Maine, called Grain. Grain hand-carves surf boards out of planks of cedar wood. They approached Sam to see if Dogfish Head would be able to use their scrap cedar to brew a beer. The inner stoner in Sam obviously accepted as he brewed his “Grain to Glass” beer for his local brew pub as well.

If you like beer, like to drink, or just appreciate good small business then this show is definitely for you. Sam lives the American dream everyday by doing what he loves by providing quality craft beer for people who appreciate trying something new. This was a shorter blog so as to leave you with a teaser and urge to watch because it really is a good show that is both educational and entertaining.

I don’t really know where I want to go with this blog but being a “Chooseday Tuesday” I figured I would let my mind flow into my index fingers (because I still look at keyboard and type with two fingers) and whatever comes out, well comes out. It is that time of year where college students around the world (on a semester schedule) fill the lounges of Starbucks and invest in 5 Hour Energy Shots.

It wasn’t until my super senior year  of college that I realized what good studying actually was. It involved going to class, paying attention in class, taking decent notes, reviewing them frequently, and going over them again in-depth prior to the final while upon receipt of the study guide. Another good trick is to only study in 45 minute increments because your brain can only focus at full strength for that amount of time.

So, in this educational week it is my fiduciary duty to pass on this knowledge to all students. Study for 45 minutes and then take a 15 minute break. Then repeat. However, I cannot take credit for this wise information and the credit is due to my good friend and world renown studier, Nick Wesling. Now the only remaining question is how will you utilize your 15 minute breaks to maximize the retention of the information applicable to your finals?

That’s where I come in. I have compiled a short play list of non H1N1 viral videos to keep you on your toes and your heart light in what can be a very stressful week. These videos are intended to give you a quick little smile break from studying. However, they do come with a Surgeon General’s warning that they are contagious, so do not watch in excess. Side effects may include: songs stuck in head, random laughter outbursts, and sneezing.

The “Harlem Shake,” the “Stanky Leg,” and the “Douggie” have nothing on this new dance craze. The “Bernie” is the hottest new form of interpretive dance that is sweeping the across the Bible Belt. It is recommended that this dance is done prior to a final to loosen up all of your muscles in preparation for what could be a tense hour or so. The quality is not up to par quite yet but I’m sure it is only a matter of time before Wiz Khalifa and B.o.B. hop in da boof for a remix.

This next video is almost as ridiculous as the “Bernie.” I recently came across three young gentleman from the prestigious University of Oregon, who go by the name of Supwhitchugirl. These three young men make me wish I would have gone to the U of O, met them playing intramural basketball, and thus transformed the trio into a quad because they remind me a lot of myself anf friends. This video has gone viral and become the official “fight video” for the Ducks’ championship run.

This next video is also off from the rap supergroup, Supwitchugirl. Behind the quick lyrics and jerker outfits there is an unheard amount of talent. From the writing of the songs, to the production of the videos, to the search for early 90s Nike windbreakers, these three kids are the reason I want my sons to grow up in the Pacific Northwest, despite never setting foot outside of an airport there.

This other hit from Supwitchugirl brings me right back to my childhood. Well my teenage years, where we would hop the fence of Selma Bartlett Elementary to play basketball on the eight foot hoops. I still believe in  my heart, that when on eight foot hoops, I am the best dunker in the world, pulling creative dunks out of my ass that would have Luke Ridnour and Luke Jackson wishing they showed me around campus on recruiting trips. I also have a special place in my heart for this video because I too still save all of my Champion (brand) NBA jerseys in a kids size 40 from middle school.

This next video comes to you from the best History AP teacher in America, Mr. Jeff Johnson. Mr. Johnson and I hit it off ever since Junior year of high school, when I showed up on the first day of school wearing my Larry Johnson UNLV throwback. From that day forth we had a bond held together by a respect for local basketball excellence. We both held similar positions in UNLV’s student government and he still is UNLV’s #1 fan from the net-cutting days of the early 90s, to the grey days of the Early 2000’s with Mark Dickel, to our current ascending return to greatness.

This last video I will leave you with is something to get you in the holiday mood. It twas the night before Christmas of 2006 and our hearts were open wide and these two comedic and musical geniuses gave us something that was on their mind. They were wise enough to when a gift needs giving and they knew just the one. It’s their dick in a box!

Team CoCo

Posted: November 9, 2010 in Television

Conan is back! After a long severance period Conan returns to basic cable… We all know he got the short end of the stick in the NBC mind games they played on him and Leno. He was expecting a new deal with NBC and the Indian gave it back. They said he had it and he didn’t get to keep it. It was a big legal clusterfluck. But now he is back on TBS at 11pm nightly.

It is obvious that he has had enough plenty of time off to grow a Novembeard. It is obvious that he has had plenty of time off to come up with plenty of material because his opening skit was hilarious. And it seems as though he is back with plenty of material to keep audiences laughing out of their tucked in beds.

There are some familiar faces in his basic cable band and sidekick Andy Richter. He is back with some pretty decent guests like Seth Rogan, Tom Hanks, etc… He has a new set that looks, well like a new set, nothing special there and I guess you can really see where TBS cut back. Let’s just hope they have a budget to keep “A list” celebrities coming back. Because as funny as Conan is people don’t watch late night talk shows to see stand-up comedy all night.

They watch late night TV to see some funny stuff, guests, and maybe catch up on current events in a humorous way. You can tell Conan is back with a little bit of a vengeance and he wants to win out his time slot and blow the big networks out of the water. However, I’m just not convinced it is going to happen overnight.

I know it was the first episode but I was getting kind of annoyed with the NBC jokes. We all know he got screwed, we all know NBC and Leno were Jerks about the whole situation when they kicked him to the curb, but it doesn’t seem as though he is going to live it down any time soon. Maybe he has the right to joke about it for eons to come but I think if he doesn’t drop it, that the jokes will get really old really fast.

I also don’t know how long TBS wants to listen to him make fun of their network. It may be funny on his show because he was a “has been” for a short amount of time but it could depreciate the value of their other shows like “Lopez Tonight” (which I don’t really care because he’s a huge doucher) and let’s face it, if no one watches TBS with the exception of the Braves games they aren’t going to watch Conan. So, I think it is in his best interest to drop the TBS/NBC jokes fast.

I think it will be hard for him to live it down because he was living the dream for a little bit and one could have projected him to be the heir to late night TV and now he was set back X amount of years until he eventually returns to a big network. I don’t think it will happen any time soon and I think Conan’s legacy will be tainted as being the guy who had it, lost it, got it back, and hopefully made something of it again.

Like all things, only time well tell. He may take a smaller basic cable network late night TV show and become the flagship show of the network and run the ratings through the roof, I don’t know. But what I think is that he needs to forget about the past and look towards the future to become successful again.

Cabs a heeya! For the last year the “Jersey Shore” has captivated people across America. They were 8 young Italians from the Tri-State area that combined their ginny forces for one of the biggest reality television phenomenons to date. They fought each other, f*cked each other, and defriended each other for our viewing pleasure.

Season one was more for shock value. It took a little while for word to spread about this group of guidos fist pumpin every Thursday night but once people caught wind of their Drakkar, it ignited like a flaming heart on an Ed Hardy shirt. This season was the continuance of the relationships that were rekindled and became household names. It seemed as though some were settling down and some were just down to f*ck.

The day to day drama between Ronnie and Sami was and probably still is so annoying and frustrating, yet we are enthralled in every moment of it. They broke up before the season started and got back together. While they were together Ronnie cheated on her multiple times to her blind dismay. Everyone saw it and tried to tell her without “manning up.” They broke up again, then got back together, and then almost lost it again on the finale. Who knows what their Facebook relationship status is now?

The unbreakable tag team of J-Woww and Snooki were attached at the hip the entire season as they antagonized Ron and Sam. Snooks perused several Miami gentleman, including roommate Vinny, who apparently is more like LeBron if ya know what I mean. Eventually, Angelina peaced out early again which elated the housemates and viewers alike. In most cases drama is good tv, but in her instance all she did was bog down good fun with shadiness. We all love to hate Angelina for her ignorance and lack of communication skills.

MVP’s game started off a little slow landing on several land mines and grenades early in the season as it took a while for Vinny and Pauly D. to find formidable lady friends. And in actuality they both got sprung on two girls who seemed somewhat normal, as they wined and dined them respectfully. The Situation may have reached an all-time low as he enters his grumpy 30s. Sitch needs to spend a little less time on his L and T and a little more on his G because he turned more girls away then he courted.

The show ends on a “sowa” note with everyone at each other’s throats. That’s how they started, that’s how the function, and that’s how they concluded the season. But is the “Jersey Shore” over?

Nope! Season 3 has actually completed documenting the 7 roommates as they go back to homeland, Seaside. But there is one twist, a new roommate. Deena aka “The Holiday” moves in with the group to stir it up the sauce a little but so that it doesn’t stick to the bottom of the pot. The show just finished shooting and will go into editing, so it won’t be out for months, which gives the reality stars plenty of time to promote their lines of ripped denim, hair gels, and workout videos.

Personally, I think the brand value would increase if they didn’t overkill the product with another season of the same fights about who is fake and who said something about who. I would rather MTV capitalize on the multiple spin-off opportunities. If I was an executive producer the shows I would create are:

“MVP” on Spike TV would highlight the GTL activities and T-shirt time between The Sitch, Pauly, and Vin in Vegas as DJ Pauly D. is the resident DJ at Jet, Mike personally trains, and Vin gets into construction.

“Juice Talk” where J-Woww and Snooki have a morning show on VHL interviewing different B and C list celebrities, gorillas, juice heads, and give advice to aspiring guidettes. It may seem as though they are sippin on coffee but I think we all know better.

The spin-off with the least future is “Smushed” with Ronnie and Sami on E! The reason I don’t think it has much of a future is because of their weak relationship and inability to stay on topic when discussing an issue. By the third episode they’d break up and there would be no relationship and therefore, smushed.