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  • Listen for it at a stadium near you

    Posted by Nick Vitrano

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    It’s been a while since we have had a solid infusion of new talent in the “stadium anthem” arena.  One of the few predictabilities in the world of sports is the music we have chosen for its soundtrack. Go to any venue of any sport in any city, and brace yourself for: 

    · "Blitzkreig Bop"

    · "Sirius"

    · "Start me Up"

    · "Get Ready for This"

    · "Whoomp! (There is It)"

    · "Rock and Roll Pt. 2"

    · "Thunderstruck"

    Fill in the blank with your stadium's favorite go-to tune.

    It’s not that the aforementioned suck.  They’re solid offerings.  They’re just old and played out.  The Black Eyed Peas’ “Let’s Get it Started,” is about the most contemporary we get on game day, but I think that’s about to change. 

    Fall Out Boy’s “My Songs Know What You Did in the Dark” is not only a fantastic song (though I have no idea what the lyrics mean), it just makes you want to hit something.  Light 'em up, baby!


  • Thank you, Ron Popeil

    Posted by Nick Vitrano

    Ben Franklin.  Thomas Edison.  George Washington Carver.  Alexander Graham Bell. 

    Ron Popeil. 

    Photo: Creative Commons

    Yep, he belongs in there.  Where else could you put the creator of the Pocket Fisherman, Dial-O-Matic Food Slicer, GLH-9 Hair in a Can, Solid/Liquid Flavor Injector, Electric Food Dehydrator, Showtime Rotisserie Oven, Ronco Pasta Maker, Six Star Cutlery….what else, what else?…oh, Mr. Microphone!  Let’s go to KoolNews 10 for a report:

    Happy birthday to the greatest inventor ever and the motivation behind one of the greatest offerings by one of the greatest parody artists ever.  Man, that’s a lot of greatness:



  • Yo Kris, what’s that in your hand?

    Posted by Nick Vitrano

    The world is less ½ of the rap/hip hop duo Kris Kross this morning.  Chris “Mac Daddy” Kelly was pronounced dead Wednesday night at the Atlanta Medical Center.  Fulton County Police have used every vaguery in the English language to describe what they believe to be the cause of death.  “It appears it may have been a possible drug overdose,” said spokeswoman Cpl. Kay Lester.  “…appears ... may ... possible…”  Right.  Got it.  I think.

    Man.  What a leaker. 

    Most file Kris Kross under “One Hit Wonder,” obviously for “Jump.”  But just because “Warm it Up Kris” isn’t an option at your favorite karaoke bar doesn’t mean it…okay…they’re one-hit wonders.  But “Jump” wasn’t a mere hit, but a lasting #1 hit.  It’s kind of the sports analogy – would you rather be a conference champ every year but never capture the title, or would you rather win it all one time and be otherwise irrelevant?  Though you tell me how this Sprite commercial is irrelevant:    

    In a sign of solidarity, I ask that all turn their clothes to the back with a little slack today.


  • The language of freedom

    Posted by Nick Vitrano

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    It’s the 13th anniversary of the cranes moving in on the Berlin Wall.  April 29, 1990: the destruction began.  Folks had been chipping away at it for months before, but this date marks the “official” demo day.

    Contrary to popular belief (or what he may tell you), David Hasselhoff was not working the crane as the first segment came down, but it might as well have been Mitch Buchannon, for that dude will forever be synonymous the Wall crumbling.  Michael Knight has basically taken credit for the whole thing…just ask him.

    Remember the jacket he wore at the big freedom concert?  In the event that you do not, here you go.  It might be a foreign story, but the language of freedom knows no borders, especially when performed by the Hoff:


  • Roll the dice

    Posted by Nick Vitrano

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    All right, so the Pack’s first round pick is in.  I love the draft – less for the actual picks and analysis than the theatrics of it all…the presentation.  It’s not that I don’t find merit in the analysis, it’s just the tone of the analysis, the certainty with which the guys speak.  I wish the experts would simply admit that until the guys hit the field, you just never know.  That doesn't mean we shouldn't talk about it.  In fact, I think that reality encourages discussion, makes it more fun.  After all, as my buddy Brad inquired/stated, "Isn't everybody's guess as good as anybody's?"

    So today, as we wax over the Datone Jones selection and predict what we believe the Pack ought next to do, just remember this:

  • Just because

    Posted by Nick Vitrano

    I have no reason to post this today.  It’s not the anniversary of the incident.  There is nothing about grape stomping in the news.  It wasn’t sent to me with the subject line “remember this?”  Maybe it was our visit with Renard’s Cheese that got me thinking about Door County and wine…I don’t know.  For some reason I just wanted to see this video again.  It's a classic:

  • If you think that's bad...

    Posted by Nick Vitrano

    Social media is (understandably) alive with LOL and ROFLMAO in response to the Kmart’s “ship my pants” commercial:

    What a fantastic spot.  Of course, with anything creative and marginally edgy, groups like One Million Moms (OMM) are calling for the spot to be pulled.  I’m fine with groups weighing in on stuff like this, but it never ceases to amaze me that, in the face of something an individual or group dislikes, the response is to immediately rid the world of it.  Heaven forbid we simply deal with it or use an ad such as this as a teaching/learning experience.  Nope, we’ve got to yank it off the air because it might…MIGHT be uncomfortable to someone.

    Man, OMM must have really hated the old Bud Light Lime in a can spot:



  • Oh, excuse me...sorry.

    Posted by Nick Vitrano

    Today's movie chat brought us to Jack Nicholson and eventually to this:

    What the heck is goin' on here?  I feel like I just opened the door to a room I have no business entering.  And he's totally doing the high school yearbook sports photo deal where he pushes up his biceps with his other arm.  Busted, Jack!

  • Who is this?

    Posted by Nick Vitrano

    Listener Adam has challenged us to identify this man.  We have failed.  Please help us for a prize package from Gilly's:

  • How much would you pay?

    Posted by Nick Vitrano

    There’s no debate that we leave the grocery store with fewer bags for the same price than we used to.  Everything is more expensive, but for the most part, I marvel at how much stuff we can get for just a few bucks.  Bananas, potatoes, rice, eggs – they’re all pretty affordable staples.  Or are they?  Check out this video of how far your Lincoln will take you with foreign grocers:

  • There’s nothing more exhilarating

    Posted by Nick Vitrano

    After lifting 19 kids, you’d think Jim Bob Duggar would have a little more upper body strength…core strength…heck, any strength.  If you’ve watched “19 Kids and Counting” from the beginning (when it was a mere “17 Kids and Counting”), you’ve undoubtedly noticed that both JB and his oldest, Josh, have put on a few LBs.  In response to their bodily neglect, the two have embarked on a new weight loss journey, complete with a personal trainer.

    I applaud their quest, but holy cow, these dudes are not just a little overweight…they are frighteningly out of shape: 

    This clip didn’t show Josh’s attempt at 3 push-ups, of which he completed about 2 ¼ .  And what exactly is he wearing?  I suppose I should be more encouraging - starting is the most important thing, not the starting point - but you know what they say: there’s nothing more exhilarating than pointing out the shortcomings of others.

    Might be easier to just grab one of these, fellas:

    Actually...I might get one of these.

  • What would Ryan Lochte do?

    Posted by Nick Vitrano

    None of us was wowed by Ryan Lochte’s brain nor his personality during the 2012 London Olympics.  But the dude is a heck of a swimmer (not the next Michael Phelps as he all but guaranteed, but…) and I guess he’s some pretty tasty eye candy, from what the ladies say.   It’s a good thing, because he’s not winning any interview contests.  Although, really, when do ever hold interview contests?

    Anyway, I’ve always thought Lochte was a punk and a guy for whom the sport of swimming came easily and thus his involvement therein.  I think he’s a path of least resistance type – whatever is easiest, he’ll go that route.  That’s not to say that competing at an Olympic level is easy.  It takes unimaginable work, incredible self-discipline, and a willingness to forego a “normal life” for the sake of competition, but I feel like Lochte’s dedication has always been out of a sense of “what else am I gonna do?” 

    So in advance of the debut of his new reality TV show on E!, he’s hitting the interview circuit.  “What Would Ryan Lochte Do?” is the name of the show and evidently the answer to that question is: not much…