We close out the show with the best soundbites of the day.

[0:02:34] ... take it out of court then we'll straighten things out Little League World Series just about upon us it will included team from. Bull city Colorado. Sounds like this eleven year old little leaguer isn't ready to go to the World Series he's ready to join the patriots. These guys they compete in the media gave to us you know can they bring. Alabama ...
[0:03:17] ... bandit Brothers Marcellus and Michael. Both revealed their disdain for bears quarterback Jay Cutler. Michael called him the worst quarterback in the league. Now Marcellus was a little more temper he said whatever he was open ...
[0:04:02] ... be all of these bolts to Chicago it beyond. Below creating about. Jay Cutler they know yet solved picked up somebody's lying about a plea don't get me wrong I'm not cap the spurt on anybody but they keep talking about his abilities. Block where we sit back and we judge quarterbacks. What do we always talk about it that we talk about intangibles we talk about these ships. Where the hell is Jay Cutler detectable whet Beck now it's his leadership key in these polls he has a quarterback there is no cornerback. Did the NFL. ...
[0:05:04] ... on I agree with everything that he said I would. Despise. Having Jay Cutler is the quarterback for team I care about. Actually practicing against you're going to pay for it like. What difficulty at some ...






We close out the show with the best soundbites of the day.

[0:02:34] ... take it out of court then we'll straighten things out Little League World Series just about upon us it will included team from. Bull city Colorado. Sounds like this eleven year old little leaguer isn't ready to go to the World Series he's ready to join the patriots. These guys they compete in the media gave to us you know can they bring. Alabama ...
[0:03:17] ... bandit Brothers Marcellus and Michael. Both revealed their disdain for bears quarterback Jay Cutler. Michael called him the worst quarterback in the league. Now Marcellus was a little more temper he said whatever he was open ...
[0:04:02] ... be all of these bolts to Chicago it beyond. Below creating about. Jay Cutler they know yet solved picked up somebody's lying about a plea don't get me wrong I'm not cap the spurt on anybody but they keep talking about his abilities. Block where we sit back and we judge quarterbacks. What do we always talk about it that we talk about intangibles we talk about these ships. Where the hell is Jay Cutler detectable whet Beck now it's his leadership key in these polls he has a quarterback there is no cornerback. Did the NFL. ...
[0:05:04] ... on I agree with everything that he said I would. Despise. Having Jay Cutler is the quarterback for team I care about. Actually practicing against you're going to pay for it like. What difficulty at some ...






The creative geniuses at Wood Rocket do a whole series of videos where they ask porn stars to discuss every day matters. And since I’m a huge fan of the golden age of superhero movies we find ourselves in, this one is especially interesting to me.

Obviously some of these great actors either don’t know the difference between a superhero movie and Sci-Fi (“Star Wars”? Really?) or have simply never seen one. But I guess I’ll give them credit for not just going with obvious choices like “Buttman,” “I-Rod Man” or “Dark Nut Rises.”

Blog Author: 
Jerry Thornton
Jerry is joined on the podcast by "Stranger Things After Show" co-host Roxy Striar.

Jerry is joined on the podcast by “Stranger Things After Show” co-host Roxy Striar.

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On this week’s “Unsportsmanlike Podcast,” I had the pleasure of hosting Roxy Striar of After Buzz to talk about Netflix’ newest Sci-Fi show and pop culture phenomenon “Stranger Things.” She co-hosts the “Stranger Things After Show” with her After Buzz panel, so it was fantastic to be able to get my nerd on with her.

To avoid spoilers, we talk in general terms about the show early on in the podcast. It’s eerie, 80s Spielberg meets “X-Files” with bits of “Aliens” vibe. And just to be sure we don’t spoil it for anyone, we’re joined in the first half by Roxy’s brother Jet, a WEEI producer whose only seen the first four of the eight total “Stranger Things” episode.

So throw some Eggos in the toaster, string up the Christmas lights on the alphabet wall and enjoy.

Blog Author: 
Jerry Thornton

Clover.co, my go-to site for all things great and small when it comes to romance, did what they call “a proprietary scoring system to accurate assess a person’s level of attractiveness.” And in doing so, they ranked the most and least attractive cities and states for men and for women. Their highly scientific findings:

Most Attractive Women by State:

  1. Connecticut
  2. New York
  3. New Jersey
  4. Massachusetts

Most Attractive Women by City:

  1. Manhattan, NY
  2. Santa Monica, CA
  3. Boston, MA
  4. Miami FL

Most Attractive Men by State:

  1. Montana
  2. South Dakota
  3. Utah
  4. North Dakota

Most Attractive Men by City:

  1. Jacksonville, FL
  2. Scottsdale, AZ
  3. Virginia Beach, VA
  4. Boston, MA

Because our relationship is all based on trust and honesty, I’ll level with you by saying I never imagined Boston or Massachusetts would rank this high in terms of attractiveness. Believe me, that’s not humblebragging. I put us near the top in the country in practically every other category. If America was a high school yearbook, I like to think Massholes would capture every superlative and “Most Likely To.” From class clown to valedictorian, Most Likely to Succeed to Best Personality. But Best Looking? Not for one hot second did I think we’d make the top four, male or female.

But there you have it. For my entire life I and my buddies have been grading on the scale that says, for instance, a Los Angeles 6.0 is a Boston 8.5 or whatever. But it turns out we’re being too tough on the ladies of Massachusetts. And the same goes for us. Apparently we’re way better looking than we’ve given ourselves credit for. (I’ll say parenthetically that I feel like I’ve personally pulled our average down. But there are apparently enough Tom Bradys and Jimmy Garoppolos around to adjust the totals. So I’ll take it.)

I suppose the biggest credit, though, needs to go to the fine, fine women of Connecticut. Sometimes I’m guilty of marginalizing the Nutmeg State as the Romulan Neutral Zone between us and New York, a collection of casinos and college basketball programs where you go to pick up speeding tickets on your way to some other place. But when they’ve got the hottest women in these United States, all you can do is pay them the respect they deserve and tip your cap. It’s science.

Blog Author: 
Jerry Thornton

If you live a good chunk of your life at the intersection of money, sports, celebrity and sex scandals like I do, the news that Nike is shutting down its golf equipment division is stunning. While Nike golf was dwarfed by the company’s running and Michael Jordan lines, it was nevertheless a $700 million industry.

But that’s just the money side of it. And despite my Bachelor’s in management from the prestigious Bridgewater State College University I know next to nothing about the sports gear manufacturing industry. Where this story really gets to be blog-worthy is the sports, celebrity and especially sex scandal part of the story. Because it begs the question, if Tiger Woods’ wife never caught him cheating, is Nike golf out of business right now?

It’s a legitimate question. Tiger wasn’t the only PGA golfer to get his gear from Nike, but he was unquestionably the face of the company. When they launched the product line in 1996, it was with the announcement that he would use only their gear. They signed him to a then preposterously rich five-year, $40 million deal, which his father Earl Woods famously said “will be chump change compared to the next one, because Tiger is only going to get bigger and better.”

And he was spot on. The next contract was for another five years, but $100 million. Because Tiger kept dominating the tour, getting the Nike logo all the exposure they could have dreamed of:

… and collecting Majors like they were women not named Mrs. Tiger Woods. And therein lies the rub (no pun intended but I’ll let it lie there).

There are dozens of reasons why Tiger’s career vanished faster than Michael Richards’. He’s had back issues, surgeries, rebuilt his swing about two dozen times. But it all began to unravel in 2009 with Elin catching texting porn stars from the Thanksgiving dinner table, putting a full swing on a 5-iron through his car window and careening him into a fire hydrant. The scandal made him walk away from the game for a while to salvage his public image find God. He hasn’t won a Major since, or stopped being a national punchline.

And now it’s led to a multi-hundred million dollar manufacturing enterprise shutting its doors and putting untold numbers of people out of work. All because Tiger didn’t keep his sidepieces in a separate burner phone. I’ll keep using my Nike Sasquatch driver with it’s horrible sound like you hit the ball with a frying pan because it’s the best club I’ve ever used. But from now on, I’ll also use it as a reminder of what can happen when you cheat on your wife. Thus endth the lesson.

 

Blog Author: 
Jerry Thornton

On Wednesday evening, word emerged that WGBH was not happy that long-running kids show “Arthur” had essentially turned into a Cards Against Humanity expansion pack for the internet. For about a week now, “Arthur,” its characters and scenes have become the hottest memes going, and most of them carry above a Y7 rating.

Of course, WGBH has reason to be upset with the phenomenon. How would you feel if you spent 20 years making a show aimed to teach kids morals and those kids repaid you by growing up and using your show to re-enact Birdman’s “Breakfast Club” blowout?

The amazingness of that tweet aside, WGBH should feel as silly as the rest of us for not seeing this coming. Memes are comically unpredictable — Harambe is currently on his second wave of being one of the biggest rock stars on the planet — but there are enough reasons that Arthur’s ascent in pop culture shouldn’t come as a shock.

The most obvious one is that, as mentioned earlier, kids who watched “Arthur” are growing up. The show debuted in 1996, so between kids who watched the show and adults with kids who watched the show, essentially anybody between ages five and 50-plus get the show. Even if these jokes weren’t percolating in everyone’s subconsciouses, they were certainly ready to be received.

The other part is that, at least until WGBH voiced its disapproval, these memes aren’t mocking “Arthur.” They’re more being used as a medium for making jokes about other stuff, because millennials likely wouldn’t classify “Arthur” as uncool. The reason is because one of the most internet-approved cool people gave the show his blessing back in 2014 when Chance the Rapper covered the show’s theme.

So between the nostalgia and the recent seal of approval from a popular artist, it was only a matter of time before something like this happened:

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While the “fist” picture has been the most popular Arthur meme — it follows a pretty basic formula of “When (something you don’t like) (Arthur fist picture)” — people have gotten creative. Scenes have been overdubbed, screengrabs have been reinterpreted, etc. The creme de la creme remains Binky as Birdman.

The meme started late last month and had potential to die down, but WGBH lamenting the tweets “outside of good taste” guaranteed to give it more staying power. It’s basically like when everyone wrote all those “retire the crying Jordan” pieces and promptly got sent crying Jordan pictures of themselves by everyone who read them.

Much like crying Jordan hasn’t gone away and Harambe went is now celebrating his second round of fame, the Arthur meme will last however long the internet decides. Something else will come along, but there’s no point in guessing what it will be. If the internet couldn’t piece together the clues with “Arthur,” there’s no way they will with anything else.

Blog Author: 
DJ Bean

MashableThere have been plenty of oddly themed cafe startups in London over the last couple of years, but this one really takes the craze to a whole other level. … [T]here’s now a cafe in the works that would actually involve customers receiving oral sex while they drink their macchiatos.

The person behind the idea is businessman Bradley Charvet, who told the Independent he already has an official launch date (Dec. 5) for a similar cafe based in Geneva, Switzerland. …

“We are happy this will be a legal business in the UK, which is nice because it will be organised and controlled,” he told the Evening Standard. …

Chavert told the Independent that the Paddington cafe will have a £50 ($66) charge (plus extras if the whole thing lasts longer than 15 minutes).

Once again, here are some foreign powers being tip of the spear on advancing society forward while Americans are asleep at the switch. I don’t know if we’re just too busy watching our candidates implode or looking for Pokemon or what, but these Europeans have yet again caught us with our pants up.

The Fellatio Cafe is an idea whose time has come, if you’ll pardon the expression. For too long now, our creepy loners have had to hide in the shadows, paying for Lewinskys from and abused sex-trafficking victim in some back alley with a styrofoam cup of two creams/three Sweet & Lows in his hand like some loser. It’s a terrible practice, dirty and dangerous and has no place in modern society.

So let’s applaud Bradley Chavert for bringing the practice into the light. No more will lovers of windies and coffee have to hide in shame. He’s giving the practice of paying for oral while sipping on a latte’ the legitimacy it deserves.

That said, he can keep the place in Europe as far as I’m concerned. I’ve got enough issues peeing in a two-urinal men’s room, much less taking my coffee with other guys’ blowjibbers. No sale.

Blog Author: 
Jerry Thornton
The 9am hour with Curt Schilling in studio as the guys discuss baseball, politics and the upcoming Olympics.
Curt Schilling is upset at a Virginia restaurant that made a man with his service dog leave. This spawns an hour of conversation about America's apparently big problem of falsifying service dogs.