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Neil Peart’s extensive drum kit is just as well known as the Rush drummer himself. It’s also a pop-culture touchstone, with shows like Freaks And Geeks paying homage to it, and Nick (Jason Segel) even showing Lindsay (Linda Cardellini) his drums, exclaiming, “Six more pieces I got a bigger kit than Neil Peart. Rush, yeah!”
So, if you’ve ever wondered exactly what pieces make up the legendary kit, here’s a guide from the man who knows best.
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Adam Jones’s aim was impeccable on Sunday, when he hit a foul ball straight back and into the home plate camera. The camera was shattered, and the scene was pretty impressive.
an alligator has a tapetum lucidum at the back of each eye, which reflects light back into the photoreceptor cells to make the most of low light, and causes its eyes to glow red. photos by larry lynch and david moynahan
This is the coolest thing I’ve seen today.
Top-notch reporting there ESPN
Twitter is great, isn’t it? One man can make the chart above, which correctly shows that Nick Foles replaced Mike Vick, who replaced Geno Smith, who replaced Mark Sanchez, who replaced Nick Foles, who replaced Mike Vick, etc. It’s an endless cycle, a flat circle. And when @drewdavis71 sent it out to his (at the time) around 486 followers, an ESPN researcher saw it, and then this happened:
We truly do live in the future. A future filled with hand-drawn charts.
Based solely on the pictures...what do we think this post is about?
Highly, HIGHLY recommend this show
Here’s some holiday cheer for black-hearted Americans: Viewing the Black Mirror Christmas special starring Jon Hamm and Oona Chaplin on December 25 will no longer require a plane ticket or a really long antenna as DirecTV has announced that it will air the special in the U.S. on the same day it premieres in the U.K. (DirecTV also aired the Black Mirror series last year.)
Black Mirror: White Christmas will play on The Audience Network, a channel exclusive to the satellite provider, Dec. 25 at 9:30 p.m. ET. So after presents are opened and dinner is done, viewers looking to watch something disturbing enough to wash the taste of sticky-sweet holiday programming out of their mouths can do to via their satellite dishes—then immediately run outside and smash those satellite dishes in a fit of techno-paranoia.
Somewhere, the Eagles’ social media folks are clinking glasses, laughing at their inept peers (AND PRESUMABLY PUTTING TOGETHER SOME SORT OF HIGHLIGHT VIDEO FROM LAST WEEK– WHAT THE HELL, GUYS?!).
To celebrate their 1 millionth follower (the Eagles have less than 600k), the Patriots offered fans an opportunity to RT this Tweet…
… to see their handle emblazoned on a jersey. It’s one of those stupid social media things, but an effective tool to increase engagement. Brands love engagement. The only problem is that too much engagement can poke your eye out, kid. Some followers have, let’s just say, less-than-decent names.
No harm, guys. This was way less worse than, say, employing a murderous tight end.
Also, there’s a Riley Cooper joke in here, but I just can’t find it.
H/T to (@FlexyLexy40)
She's falling fast in my book
I love them, though. Why does that matter? So you run into a bunch of different, interesting types of people at the Met Ball. I’ve gone the last four years. And the most normal people at that event, every single time, are Amar’e Stoudemire and his wife Alexis. I talk with them and hang with them every time I’m there. So I’ve always had this sort of love of the Knicks, just because Amar’e is so cool. And also I performed at the Knicks’—at Madison Square Garden’s—Kids Talent Competition at halftime when I was 12 or 13. And ever since then I’ve had this kind of sparkly, magical* opinion of Madison Square Garden and the Knicks, since they let me sing when I was a little kid.
Boo. We are never, ever… you know what? Never mind. Not even I can believe I’m writing this. Just shut it down.
*She totally would have a “sparkly, magical” opinion.
The Sixers, perhaps even a little worse than expected, have kicked off their season 0-4. In each of those four games, they’ve played between two and a half and three quarters of solid, scrappy basketball. They’ve also turned in a quarter of sloppy, amateur-ish hoops.
We posted this below, but it’s the one highlight you’re going to see all year long, so just look at it again:
After the game, when asked about the block, Noel said: “I waited for him to get to the basket. He was there and I was there and we played basketball.”
Speaking of Noel, amongst players facing at least seven field goal attempts at the rim per game, only Roy Hibbert allows a lower percentage of made shots (Hibbert allows 32.4% and Noel allows 33.3%). And overall, “With Noel on the court, Sixers opponents are shooting only 41.6% from the field. That jumps to 52.7% when he’s on the bench.”
And if you aren’t watching the games, here’s what you’re missing:
K.J. McDaniels, whose exciting athleticism and potential is only worrisome because of his contract, is shooting .500 from two-point range and 6-11 from beyond the arc.
Tony Wroten (11th in APG) is in constant movement. He moves at an average speed of 4.3 mph while on the court (traveling 3.5 miles per 48 minutes, the second-most among players on the court for 30+ minutes per-game), and yes, that is what counts as excitement this season. He’s also scoring 7.3 points per-game on drives, which are the strongest part of his game. The whole team overall is taking most of their shots on drives and close to the hoop:
Through four games, opponents have outscored the Sixers 317-301 in the first three quarters, while the Sixers have been outscored 97-57 in the fourth.
The foreign guys are doing alright.
There’s that whole court projection thing.
And tickets are gonna be way affordable on the secondary market.
If you aren’t going to the games, and you can’t stand watching bad basketball, just flip the channel over before the fourth quarter, but expect to see some high-energy, scrappy, high-effort basketball. Even if it doesn’t result in a win.
I’d call it entertainment, but often, it’s not even entertaining. It’s just noise.
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I love this. Mike and Mike this morning addressed the fallout from Bill Simmons’ (mostly correct) Twitter explosion in which he responded to comments the Mikes made about his supposedly ridiculous LeBron take. The story is the most ESPN thing ever – nonsense segment spawns internal strife spawns pseudo-lovey mea culpas – but it also cut to the core of what’s wrong with ESPN and mainstream sports media in general.
Both Mikes said they spoke to Simmons yesterday and, at least to a degree, patched things up. That’s nice. But while explaining their errors, they inadvertently described exactly what’s wrong with the HOT TAKE world of mainstream sports media in 2014, something that Simmons, to his credit, is trying to get away from with Grantland.
Here’s how the Mikes described what happened:
Mike 1: “And there was a soundbite that had been left for us of Bill Simmons appearing on Colin Cowherd’s show in which I saw on the sheet it says, compares him to Albert Pujols. And so I thought, that sounds interesting. We played that, we reacted to it.”
Mike 2: “I certainly reacted strongly. And from that soundbite we heard, you know, for the way I reacted, I would do it again… if it were just that soundbite.”
Mike 1: “Right. And the day went on, and later in the day, as many of you probably saw, Bill heard what we said and was extremely upset about it. And when I went back and read everything that had actually been said, I realized that in the substance of what he’s mad about, he’s absolutely right… in fairness to him, let’s play exactly what he said.”
Mike 2: “He stated his case, and what you brought up about the context, I understood, how again, in sports, I think anybody who does shows, plays soundbites, and a lot of times you play a lot of soundbites and you don’t listen to the whole interview, and sometimes it happens where there was more said. So he understood that part of it, but I said I would be upset if I were you in that situation.”
Bingo. Therein lies the problem.
This whole thing is stupid and basically pointless, but the Mikes just described what’s wrong with their format. A 20-something producer finds something interesting that might help fill four hours of sometimes pointless banter, he cuts it up into a digestible bite, leaves out the part that makes it uninteresting, busy radio host going on four hours sleep sees note, plays digestible bite, rips colleague for no reason, rinse and repeat. That’s the ESPN car wash. Everything’s about react, react, react, but substance is often a secondary consideration. Both Mike 1 and Mike 2 just admitted that their entire show is based on soundbites which are often taken terribly out-of-context. They had to swallow their pride here because Simmons is precisely the person to make a stink about it. But how many other times have their nonsensical, react-to-dumb-soundbite segments spawned wildly-misinformed takes? How many times has any I-have-too-many-hours-to-fill ESPN or radio or TV host done the same thing? That’s what happens when you’re constantly chasing ratings and filling time. Instead of actual, substance-filled discussions, conversations usually lay atop the surface for the dumb masses. I’d call it entertainment, but often, it’s not even entertaining. It’s just noise. And here you have the hosts of the biggest sports talk radio show on Earth (probably?) admitting that, yeah, we just go by what’s on the sheet… you can’t expect us to actually read the whole thing we’re telling hundreds of thousands of people about.
This often isn’t the hosts’ fault, either. The Mikes genuinely try to avoid going for shock value (unlike Cowherd or Skip Bayless), but they’re a product of the system, of a format that breeds this sort of inanity.
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Somewhat unrelated, but try this sometime: Listen to the actual words coming out of the mouth of a pre- or post-game analyst, on any network. Rarely – and I mean rarely - will you ever hear something that is actually useful. It’s just words. A former player or other analyst breaking down a confusing play or blown call can be interesting, but rarely does that happen, because 30 (or more) minutes of analysis for every game is too much. Sometimes sports just happen. Teams win, teams lose. The reasons are often pretty mundane – Team A is better than Team B, Team B is better but they succumb to random variables – but in the 24-7 sports world, there’s always time to be filled, and usually it’s with generic nonsense.
Video after the jump.
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Sandwhich, Shot, and a Beer. Great, great idea.
Cedar Point’s grilled cheese special with a shot and a beer.
We’ve noticed a trend around town. Restaurants are offering their own version of the happy meal, a sandwich (or in one case, a taco), a shot and a beer. This super-sized Citywide is a welcome combo for bar eaters. Here are some of our favorites in Philadelphia.
Rex 1516 has been a driving force behind the sandwich/beer/shot combo with their Tuesday night guest burgers. But that isn’t the only time you can get the deal at the South Street bar. Monday through Wednesday, you can also get the Rex burger (8-ounces of house ground beef, bacon, pimento cheese, crispy red onion and bibb lettuce) plus a shot of Buffalo Trace Whiskey and a pint of Philadelphia Brewing’s Newbold IPA.
Kevin Sbraga created one of the first guest burgers at Rex and he’s taken the concept to his Southern restaurant, The Fat Ham. On Friday and Saturday nights, the University City bar offers a pimento cheese burger, seasoned fries, can of Narragansett and a shot of Four Roses Yellow Label bourbon for $18.
Marc Vetri’s Alla Spina has also gotten in on the Citywide + one special. Sunday through Thursday, after 10:30 p.m., the bar is offering a shot, beer and your choice of sandwich for $14. The sandwiches offered include the trentino grilled cheese, veggie burger or pork Milanese.
At Cedar Point Bar & Kitchen, they’re calling Tuesday Nights “Drunk and Cheesy.” The Fishtown spot is offering a special grilled cheese, side of fries, beer and shot for $13.
At Lolita, the combination drops the bread and the whiskey for tortillas and tequila. Monday through Thursday, from 10 p.m. to 11 p.m., you can swing by the Midtown Village mexican restaurant for your choice of tacos, their choice of tequila and a Tecate for just $10.
Have any other bite/shot/beer specials in Philadelphia? Let us know in the comments.
This looks Excellent
The first trailer for Neill Blomkamp’s Chappie has staggered out of the lab, revealing itself to be a more serious creation than the “lighthearted … science-fiction comedy thing” that Blomkamp previously described. Sure, there are a few shots of the robot learning to walk like a gangster and mimicking a Masters Of The Universe cartoon, but those moments are eclipsed by a relatively somber mood, threats from a villainously-mulleted Hugh Jackman, and slow-motion images of Chappie being attacked by humans and bursting into flames. Basically, what you’ve come to expect from the guy who made District 9 and Elysium.
The film stars Sharlto Copley in a motion-capture performance as the titular robot, along with Dev Patel as its inventor. Also appearing are Die Antwoord’s Ninja and Yolandi Visser, playing gangsters who shelter Chappie in a Johannesburg that seems very unaccommodating to artificial intelligence. Notably missing from the trailer ...
I imagine they'd be murdered in a few minutes in the US
A few Latvian activists from a branch of the bicycle advocacy group Let’s Bike it recently created a visual reminder of the space taken by cars on a typical road. To accomplish this, the group fabricated bamboo skeletons shaped like actual cars and mounted them on their bikes. The activists then cycled around the streets of Riga for several hours to highlight the absurdity of using a large car to move a single person. The stunt was organized as part of European Mobility Week, an ongoing campaign that explores sustainable urban mobility around Europe. (via Designboom, My Modern Met)
And there goes your Amazon order
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