Wednesday, January 29

Dannon Super Bowl Ad Takes On "Full House"

For fans of the 90s, Uncle Danny, Jesse and Joey are back in action in this Dannon commercial airing during the Super Bowl. But since the internet is all the rage these days, the Full House adults are already viewable from your computer. The ad features classic shenanigans, and is worth a light chuckle or two. Enjoy!

Tuesday, January 21

Duracell Ad Featuring Deaf Seahawks Player Is Very Moving

The Seattle Seahawks have made it to the Super Bowl with a roster full of players that have been looked over by other NFL teams. Russell Wilson had a punter drafted before him. Richard Sherman went in the fifth round. Doug Baldwin wasn't drafted at all. Neither was fullback Derrick Coleman, who has been deaf since the age of three. Duracell's made a pretty cool commercial starting Coleman; just like a number of Seahawks, he's persevered through a tough season, and his team is just one game away from winning it all.

Sunday, January 19

Sunday Thoughts: NFL Playoffs

Holy smokes, what an entertaining postseason it's been. We've now got our two Super Bowl champs: The Denver Broncos and the Seattle Seahawks. I correctly picked the Broncos to make the Super Bowl at the start of the year, but I was wrong on the winged team that would represent the NFC. Embarrassingly wrong. Oops. In any case, let's get to the action.

-Our Worst Team of the Week at least played in probably the most exciting game of the playoffs. You'd think scoring 44 points would preclude you from being the worst team, but the Kansas City Chiefs still managed to pull it off, thanks to Andrew "The Giant" Luck's late-game heroics and some pedestrian at best playcalling. And once again, T.Y. Hilton explodes for a huge game when it doesn't count for fantasy purpose. The T.Y. must stand for Totally Yucky, because that's how I felt anytime I started him this year. But I digress...

-The Most Boring Game of the playoffs was easily the Chargers/Bengals, unless you think counting how many mistakes Andy Dalton makes is entertaining. I don't, but he made seven, by my count. The Niners win over the Panthers was pretty boring, too, but at least it had a couple of ridiculous plays, like Ted Ginn in the penultimate snap of the game running through about eight Niners defenders and being faster than anyone ever.

-Speaking of faster than anyone ever, the Stupidest Play of the Week was just Richard Sherman's quickly deteriorating postgame interview. Moreso because it was stupid entertaining, and I'm sure Erin Andrews feared for her life whilst "conducting" it. But I still laughed heartily. And you should too.

-By the way, if you somehow didn't see that Seahawks/Niners game, GO WATCH IT RIGHT NOW. Find out some website that will stream it or some channel that's re-airing it, because it's absolutely worth watching. Those defenses are probably the two best in the league. Also, the Seahawks' jerseys look like what I'd design if I made a created team on one of the Madden games.

-This is Terrance Knighton of the Denver Broncos. His nickname is "Pot Roast." He also has the dance moves of Chewbacca.

-I'm glad the Patriots decided to show up for today's game against the Broncos. The most entertaining part of that game was probably when Thunder, the Broncos' mascot, was trying to bang a drum during a play and some random officer stopped him. He looked so distraught, it was fantastic.

-This is the first time I can remember the two teams I was hoping would lose actually lost. Who knew it was possible?! 

-Many thank yous to those of you who have read this over the season. It's been a ton of fun to write, and we'll be back again next year (and realistically, probably for the Super Bowl, too). Looking forward to the big game--it'll be rad!

Wednesday, January 15

Order Craft Beer Like a Hipster

Have you ever gone out to drink and just had no idea what you wanted to order? Well, thanks to the good folks at Nacho Punch have some suggestions for you. And, like most things hipster, they are ridiculous.

Sunday, January 12

Ranking the Pokemon: #54- Pidgeot

Let's be real: Pidgeot is mostly this high up for nostalgia's sake. For anyone playing Pokemon Red or Blue, the start of this evolution (Pidgey) is probably the first wild Pokemon you encountered. Or at least the second, behind Rattata. When I was a young lad making my first run-through of the game, Pidgeot was the first Pokemon I caught that I evolved fully, and actually used it during an Elite Four run. Of course, I know much better than to do that now--though the Elite Four is so unchallenging that I'm sure a team of six Magikarp could probably take them--but the winged vermin still got me through some rough times.

Statwise, Pidgeot is litchrally the definition of average. Its Speed is its best trait, and its Attack is just a little ways behind it. Of course, none of that means much when all of those stats are, as I said, average. Pidgeot also suffers from the Generation I Curse of the Flyer, in which a lot of moves that would become Flying were Normal-type moves in this generation. And Normal-type moves ain't supereffective against anyone. Your best bet for a 'geot moveset is probably Fly, which was still decent back then, Agility, Hyper Beam/Double-Edge and...I don't know. Mirror Move? Double Team? Reflect? Rest?

The point is, you're not going to overwhelm and/or scare anyone when Pidgeot comes out, but you may make them pause slightly as they reminisce to a simpler time, when you only had one Potion and a Trainer was telling you about the concept of grass. And that trip down memory lane is a win for everyone.

Battling Grade: C

Friday, January 3

Peacock Spider Dances to YMCA

Spiders are generally terrifying things. But if they all danced the YMCA, like this peacock spider is appearing to do in a video captured by Dr. Jurgen Otto and put together byYouTuber Dario Trovato...well, then the world might be a better place.