The most anticipated album of 2012 (well, I guess depending on which demographic you’re asking) has finally arrived. Yes that’s right, Justin Bieber’s Believe finally hit stores and iTunes today, where it immediately took the top spot in album sales. A lot was expected from Biebs in this album but did he deliver? I’m no music expert and if you looked at my iTunes you’d think it was that of a 15-year old girl but I can appreciate good pop music so let’s see if he does. Read more
For anybody that missed Justin Bieber’s Today Show performances earlier this morning…here are the clips, as well as the interview with Matt Lauer. Apparently
people 13-year old girls were camping out since Tuesday just to be able to catch a glimpse of their teen idol. Unfortunately, I was not one of them. CAN’T WAIT FOR JUNE 19TH.
ALL AROUND THE WORLD (F/ BIG SEAN)
INTERVIEW W/ MATT LAUER
So last night the highly anticipated Dream Team documentary finally aired and it did not disappoint. It was riveting to see tape from the practices as well as the infamous scrimmage against the college kids. On top of that, it was just cool to see highlights and clips from these Olympics because it helped me to to appreciate more how special and unique that team was. I was only 7 years old at the time the Dream Team assembled so while I know I watched them, I’m sure I didn’t really grasp what I was watching. Only as I grew older did I realize how great that team was. Which makes me wonder where I can find full videos of all the games the Dream Team played. Anybody?
Anyway, here are some random thoughts I had while watching the doc: Read more
My favorite re-occuring Grantland piece has always been Reader’s Revenge, which started off as an addendum to “About Last Weekend”, (a feature that used to exist in WritingthePine 1.0 before the “Great Server Crash of 2012.”)
Similar to Deadspin’s “DHF” or Drunken Hookup Failure, but with a wider range of topics, readers participated by contributing great, embarrassing stories that may or may not have been embellished, exaggerated, or just plain fabricated.
However, since the last piece on 5/21/2012, there hasn’t been a new submission. The next topic was supposed to be “The Strangest Place You’ve Ever Woken Up (and the story of how you got there)”
After a twitter question directed at Grantland, and no response, I’m just going to assume that the feature has been discontinued, but probably under some controversy. (I’m looking at you, Shane Ryan).
I have no basis for my theories, but I’ll put it out there nonetheless:
- One of the stories submitted anonymously by someone got back to the offended party. Which lead to accusations, angry emails and threats, and finally a lawsuit or criminal charges of some sort. Good bye Reader’s Revenge.
- Deadspin is suing Grantland and then reporting their lawsuit with ESPN on Deadspin. Snarky Deadspin comment is promoted. +1. Eddie
- Shane Ryan is holed up in a hotel room chainsmoking cigarettes and drinking out of a bathtub filled with whiskey as he meets his Grantland deadline.
- The world just doesn’t have enough “waking up in a strange place” stories. Sensing the end is near, the feature is killed. Shane goes outside and walks his dog for 8 hours.
- Bill Simmons has been put on super-secret suspension by ESPN for gambling. What this has to do with anyone I have no idea.
- It’s coming back Monday and I’m just an impossibly, impatient person to satisfy.
Welcome back, Reader’s Revenge. Welcome back.
The new NCAA Football 13 demo was released for the XBOX360 today. After what felt like a long wait (1.98GB), the game was finally ready to be played.
Here are some thoughts in bullet point style. (“The Major likes bullet points…”)
- The demo didn’t include the opening cutscene. I was mildly disappointed by that. I usually watch the cutscene once in the beginning and there-after mash on the X button as if my life depended on it. I’m hoping they go in a different direction this year. Petrino crashing his hog. Miami booster getting a quickie abortion for a pregnant stripper. Sigh. Aim for the stars EA Sports. Aim for the stars.
- I played the initial Heisman mode – which lets you play as RGIII – as either a QB for Baylor or K-State. (HUH?) I played as Baylor. My first two passes were picked off. Sigh. However, I was able to recover using one of the new features in Heisman Challenge mode – Bullet-time.
What is bullet time? First of all, it’s called “Reaction Time”. Probably because bullets aren’t involved and they’d probably get sued by the makers of Max Payne. Essentially, you go into a Neo (Matrix) or Wesley (Wanted) mode where the whole world slows down. Some superstar QBs claim that games does indeed slow down during crunch time and when they’re under pressure. I can’t related from personal experience. I go into “WTF WHY IS THE DT BULLRUSHING INTO MY FACE!” panic mode. Read more
Be still my heart. Just watch:
While watching the “Game of Thrones” season two finale, I couldn’t help but notice the ultimate decision HBO decided to make with regards to Tyrion’s battlefield injury.
According to the books of George Martin, the injury was to leave Tyrion horribly scarred and disfigured, even removing his nose.
When Shae revealed the injury, the only thought I had was: “He looks like Omar now.”
OMG HBO OMAR-IZED Peter Dinklage.
Coincidence? Oh indeed. But, if it was intentional, well done sirs. Well done.
Now, here’s hoping to Peter Dinklage whistling “Farmer in the Dell”, eating Honey Nut Cheerios, and rocking a shotgun in season 3.
“The cheese stands alone.”
Today, we introduce a new feature: Sundays with Liam.
In this new feature, we will spend parts of certain Sundays with our favorite Irish actor, Liam John Neeson. Previously nominated for an Oscar, fittingly for his portrayal of an Oskar, Mr. Neeson is clearly talented, and if you’ve watched his many movies, thoroughly entertaining. Inspired by the movie, “Taken,” which is quite possibly one of our favorite movies of all-time, we will from time to time, spend our Sundays with Liam. So, sit back, relax, and stop bitching.
It’s only a flesh wound.
In our inaugural edition of SwL, (Yes, we’re at the point where it’ll be abbreviated by an acronym), we will stay away from Mr. Neeson’s more well-known fictional roles, and instead watch his breathtakingly funny and side-splitting guest spot as well….himself on Ricky Gervais’ and Stephen Merchant’s “Life’s Too Short.”
Before you click on the link, what you need to know is that Warwick Davis, the protagonist of the the show (WILLOW!), plays a struggling actor in the same mockumentary style of “The Office” (both U.K. and U.S.). In this scene, Liam Neeson plays an exaggerated version of himself as he decides to pursue a new direction in his career.
Typically you’d think a sketch based on jokes about contracting AIDS and such would not be funny at all but as Ricky has proven before, it’s possible.
But this video absolutely slayed me and I’m convinced it’s the funniest 4 minutes of television I’ve seen in 2012. I dare you to refute that claim with video evidence in the comments section below. Typically not known for his humor but more for his dramatic roles and it seems more recently in his action-movie vehicles, it was nice to see our boy Liam kill us with laughter for a change.
“I’m a funny guy. Aren’t I?” (Silence)
“You notice this list? I’m always making lists. In fact, that’s probably why Steven Spielberg cast me as Oskar Schindler in ‘Schindler’s List’. I said, ‘Steven, I make lists. All the time.’ And he said, ‘That’s exactly what I’m looking for.’”
(Note: This author’s rant is drawn from his experience living with three other roommates.)
No, this post isn’t about the your second grade science project where you made a volcano. Or the one in third grade where you grew an onion. (Hey now. We’re not here to judge the quality of my childhood science projects.) But rather, it’s what my roommates and I like to call that tupperware container you’ve left in the fridge for the past four months. Please allow me to rant. Thank you. Read more