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A Pretty Good Good Place Fan Theory

A Pretty Good Good Place Fan Theory


I’m not a Jacksonville Jaguar fan.  I have a deep seated belief that football stadiums and hot tubs should not coexist and ne’er the twain shall meet.  Nevertheless, the team, covered in teal and lead by a Bortle will play this Sunday.  Their success creates a problem for the writers of The Good Place.  In “the good place,” Jason Mendoza is a faithful fan.  Part of his character development is that he is an idiot from the Sunshine State who blindly cheers for all things Florida: Pitbull, Fred Durst, the Jags.  He is a dum-dum and we know that because:


This is how he identifies soulmates:


And this is how he justifies why the Jaguars don’t suck: *pre-2017 season


Jason’s DNA specifies that he is a dolt who worships simple-minded things (like being a part of a 60 person dance crew.)  The Good Place, which is known for its plot twist at the end of season 1, was handed a plot twist of its own this year–the Jaguars are good.  What should the writers do with this new version of reality?

Here’s my totally unrealistic fan theory:

Jason is such a devoted fan that he showed up on the sidelines of the wildcard game this Sunday.  He is the Ashley Judd of Jacksonville. For me, this was an odd example of synergy.  Is it possible that the writers want Jason to be there to witness Jacksonville’s playoff run and then use this footage on the show?  Are they filming at the football stadium just to add the world’s greatest Easter egg in season three?

Here’s why I don’t think this is the craziest of ideas.  Michael Schur, the creator of The Good Place has established a precedent of having amazing guest stars on his shows.  Parks and Recreation had a Joe Biden, John McCain and Michelle Obama cameo, just to name a few.  Is it possible that 60,000 people at EverBank field just became extras on The Good Place last Sunday?

The show also relies are flashbacks to the characters’ lives before they ended up in “the Good Place.”  There is an opportunity for the epic playoff moment to have a place in season three.  The show has demonstrated that they aren’t tethered to the usual sitcom structure.  Could this be the next great step?


Really, we’ll never know if this is rubbish or not till the next season airs.  It’s all guesses and conjectures and like Chidi would point out, it’s basically turtles all the way down.


Or Bortles all the way down, if you will.

But, just keep in mind, you heard it here first.

Get Out Deserved an Award at the Golden Globes

Get Out Deserved an Award at the Golden Globes

Before I begin this post I would like to stress that this article does not reflect my political views whatsoever. The Golden Globes are often criticized for either pushing an agenda, or not progressing enough and this is not what this post is about. I just truly believe Get Out was a phenomenal film that deserved at least one award. I do recognize Get Out does address issues such as racism and that can be taken as a political stance, and that’s fine, I just believe there were so many cinematic elements that made this movie great for more reasons than addressing a modern day issue. Also, Spoiler Alert.

Last night the Golden Globes took place for the 75th time and per usual all the stars were out as movies, television shows, actors, and actresses were all celebrated in one night. There were many great movies, shows, and actors/actresses up for awards so it’s always hard to argue how one motion picture beat out the other and the same applies for television shows and actors. But, one glaring mistake from last night’s award show was how they mishandled Jordan Peele’s master piece, Get Out. Everyone always likes to talk about how “woke” the golden globes are, and for the most part they are. With Meryl Streep Last year and the times up movement and Oprah this year, I give them props for helping move this country forward. But, if they’re so “woke”, Get Out should have at least gotten ONE award last night, instead they went home with nothing.

Get Out was a massive success this summer, being the highest grossed film in 2017 with over 175 million dollars in the US. It was a modern-day horror story through and through that came out at the perfect time, as it chronicled a black man meeting his white girlfriend’s parents for the first time. Showing horror through racism and hypnosis, it was a brilliant concept that deserved so much more. It had some of the most groundbreaking and deep scenes I have ever seen in a movie. Whether it was the girlfriend eating fruit loops separate from milk to show how deeply rooted her racism is by not wanting to integrate the colors into the white milk, or connecting the dots that the dad of the girlfriend uses brain operations to put a white person’s mind into a black person’s body to give them the physical advantages they didn’t have before, it was mind blowing. There were times I thought the protagonist would die at any moment, which is rare for movies nowadays because we’re so used to the “good guy always wins” plot. I was truly on the edge of my seat for this one and it deserved a lot more.

Anyways, back to the gripe. For lack of better terms, Get Out got the shaft, even way before the award show. The fact alone that it was under the musical/comedy category is a disgrace. This movie doesn’t touch comedy on any level, does it have some comedy elements? Sure, but almost every horror film does nowadays. The fact that this was in the same category as the Disaster Artist, is ridiculous. Now, would they have won in the drama category? I’m not so sure, but it stood no chance in the comedy category (even though it was the best movie of the bunch) you can’t win when you’re miss-categorized.

Most people were upset about Daniel Kaluuyla not winning over James Franco, but that doesn’t bother me as much because I feel like Franco nailed the role of Tommy Wiseua, but it does bother me that Jordan Peele wasn’t nominated for best director. He may not have won but he at least deserved a nomination because as I’ve stated so many times, Get Out was a brilliant concept. I feel like Jrdan Peele would’ve won that award, especially since Guillermo del Toro took home the award for The Shape of Water. It just blows my mind Get Out went home with nothing.

Here were some other reactions.

If 2017 had a verse in “We Didn’t Start the Fire”

If 2017 had a verse in “We Didn’t Start the Fire”

There’s something about the changing of the calendars that reminds me of Billy Joel’s “We didn’t start the fire.”  It’s the “Auld Lang Syne” of the 20th century.  Since we are currently in the 21st century, the Piano’s Man’s greatest karaoke jam needs some updating.   Behold! The updated lyrics for the 2017 verse of “We didn’t start the fire.”   So, ignore Billy Joel drumming in your kitchen and sing-along.

Here’s the updated lyrics that no one asked for: 

*- 8 Bar Intro-*

Fidget Spinners, Iphone X, Charlottesville, Gucci Gang, Puerto Rico, Punk Eleven, Des-paci-to

Sassy Wendy’s, OJ’s Free, Money Moves, Angry Sean, Pepsi Ads, Icey Kings, Hash-tag Me Too

*- 4 Bar Break-*

Hugh Hefner, Bit Coin, Angry Swift, Eclipse, Roy Moore, Wonder Woman and Moonlight Actually Won!

Yonce’s Twins, Get Out, Markle got a new ring, Trump Robot, HowBoutDat?, Tom Petty Goodbye!


We didn’t start the fire.  It was always burning since the world’s been turning. And now, it’s stuck in your head for weeks.

My Top 10 Albums of 2017

My Top 10 Albums of 2017

Now that 2018 is here, we’re seeing all sorts of end of the year lists. Whether it’s movies, brands, tv shows, or music they’re everywhere. With that said, I figured I’d jump on the bandwagon as well with my own music list. I have compiled my top ten favorite albums of 2017, but with a little disclaimer, I love hip-hop music, so my list is basically that. With that said, let’s begin with some honorable mentions.


SYRE-Jaden Smith

Pretty Girls Like Trap Music-2 Chainz


Funk Wav Bounces Vol. 1- Calvin Harris

Let’s get it started.

10. Freudian- Daniel Caesar

Highlights: Get You, Best Part, We Find Love

When I think of R&B I think of love songs, but in 2017 it seems the genre has switched from love songs to making love songs and it values lust more than love. What makes this album great is it goes against the grain of today’s R&B as this album is more about falling in love. The album gets off to a strong start when we hear Caesar’s great vocals in the smooth song Get You and it carries throughout the whole album. Had it not been for BROCKHAMPTON, I would have had Caesar as my breakout artist this year across all categories. But, as far as R&B goes, he was the best performer in 2017.

9. Luv is Rage 2- Lil Uzi Vert

Highlights: XO Tour Lif3, Sauce It Up, The Way Life Goes

If you would have told me two years ago, or even at the beginning of this year, that I would enjoy Lil Uzi Vert’s music I would have called you crazy. Let alone have one of his albums crack my top 10. But, Uzi had a great year in 2017 and he kicked off his great year by dropping the single XO Tour Lif3. After sitting on one single for a few months he then dropped Luv is Rage 2, the follow up to the mixtape Luv is Rage. This makes my list because the production on this album is amazing from XO Tour Lif3 to Sauce It Up, the beats are great. Although Uzi isn’t a great lyricist, he had some great vocals on this album shown off from XO Tour Lif3, Neon Guts, Feelings Mutual, and The Way Life Goes. This was a fun album to listen to in 2017 and you could get away with playing any of the songs of this album at a party.

8. 4:44- Jay-Z

Highlights: The Story of OJ, 4:44, Family Feud

It might surprise some people this fell at eight, but Jay-Z has never really done it for me. With that said, this sort of “tell all” Jay-Z album was really good as we hear Jay-Z open up about his marriage troubles that Beyonce exposed to the world with Lemonade. This album was almost like a three-part story, starting as addressing what happened, moving to apologetic and remorse, then he seems to show that he and Queen Bey worked out their problems and that their relationship will get stronger from here. Was this one of Jay’s best albums? Absolutely. It’s a different approach from Jay-Z, but this album was fantastic. Although it was a different approach, we still got some classic Jay-Z as he rapped about money in songs like The Story of OJ (which was also one of the best music videos ever) and Family Feud. No one expected it, it had low expectations, but exceeded all expectations and proved Hov still has his legendary game.

7. I Decided. – Big Sean

Highlights: Voices in My Head/ Stick to the plan, Bounce Back, Moves, Jump Out the Window

The concept behind Big Sean’s latest album was his belief that he has been giving a second chance at life. In his first run on earth, he believed he got through life and accomplished nothing, so the whole album we hear the interaction he is having with his former self to live life to the fullest. Big Sean arguably has the best flow in music right now, and he flexes those muscles in songs like Moves, Bounce Back, and Voices in My Head/ Stick to the plan. But, we also see a softer side of Big Sean in songs like Jump Out the Window where he talks about struggling relationships. One of the most touching songs though was Inspire Me, where he pens a dedication song to his mother. Overall, I decided was a solid album and I do believe it’s been underappreciated this year and gets lost in the shuffle with all the other great albums we had this year. Oh yeah and he had a song with Eminem, but Eminem has been trash for the past five or six years, so there’s that.

6. Flower Boy- Tyler, The Creator

Highlights: 911/ Mr. Lonely, Who Dat Boy, See You again

Tyler, The Creator has never been one for commercial success, as he raps with an “I don’t care” attitude and raps about what he feels, if it goes big great, if not who cares. I have been a fan of Tyler for some time now, ever since his days in Odd Future. I can easily say he is not for everyone and some people may think he’s weird, but he’s a very talented artist. In fact, he prides himself on being weird and that’s what makes this album great. It got extremely successful and Tyler didn’t change a thing. Having his biggest commercial success in the song See You Again, people started to floc to this album instantly. Dropping a few singles before the albums release, it was evident this was going to be Tyler’s most successful album. It was kind of odd to see Tyler take a softer approach on this album, but we still see the same hard-hitting stuff in songs like Who Dat Boy. I loved seeing him have a great 2017.

Cover Art, Album Cover, Album Artwork for “Everybody” by Logic. Illustrated by Sam Spratt

5. Everybody- Logic

Highlights: AfricAryaN, 1-800-273-8255, Everybody

I never thought much of logic before this year, I always found him annoying and I don’t know why. I never really gave him a chance, but this spring I had a friend show me this album and man is it amazing. Logic is not only a great lyricist with a great flow, but he has a great singing voice as well. Logic may be the most underappreciated artists in all of hip hop right now in fact. The theme of this album was simple, equality. Rapping about issues we have in today’s society such as racism, depression, anxiety, and suicide (we’ve all heard the song) he, with the help of Neil Degrasse Tyson who voiced God, gave us the idea of a religion almost like Buddhism where he has the mind set that we are every person that has ever lived, so what we do to others we are doing to ourselves. While this idea may be totally false, it does bring the idea that we should treat everyone how we want to be treated. This album would have landed higher on my list, but the only issue I have with this album is in every song Logic raps about being biracial, almost to the point where fans were like “we get it”. My favorite song on this album is also the longest, AfricAryaN. I like this song so well because Logic shows of his vocal range throughout the whole 13-minute song and we even got a raw feature from one of my favorite artists, J. Cole, to close the track. This album was great, and it made me more appreciative of Logic and his talent in music.

4. More Life- Drake

Highlights: Do Not Disturb, Passionfruit, Get it Together, Teenage Fever

Although Drake dubbed this a “playlist”, but for all intents and purposes this was an album. First teased in October 2016, Drake kept pushing the release date back and back until March 12th of this year. Drake needed a strong outing after most people believed Views was overhyped and underwhelmed, sure enough the six god delivered. This truly was the sequel to Take Care, Drake’s most successful album, with a mix of upbeat songs and then the sad, cheesy, love songs only Drake can make cool like Teenage Fever (which sampled JLo), Nothings into Somethings, and Since Way Back. This album had a variety of music and it definitely had some vibes that you would hear from across the pond in songs like No Long Talk. He also had some fun songs with some of his best verses like Gylachester, Can’t Have Everything, and Sacrifices. Drake’s biggest song on this album was Passionfruit, as it gave a smooth Caribbean feel to the song that everyone can vibe to. In my opinion Drake gave us one of his best verses in More Life’s outro, Do Not Disturb, as he rapped about how he tries to get everything off his chest when closing out his project. He then goes on to say it would take the rest of 2017 off to get some rest and bring him back to his regular life. He said he would give us the summary in 2018, and being the Drake Stan I am, I’m more than ready.

3. Ctrl- SZA

Highlights: Love Galore, The weekend, Prom, Drew Barrymore

SZA has been featured in a few songs before 2017, but in 2017 SZA finally had her own success with her amazing solo album, Ctrl. Dropping the single Love Galore featuring Travis Scott a few weeks before the album released, people loved the song but I’m not too sure anyone had high expectations for this album. SZA blew everyone away with Ctrl. SZA’s main purpose of this album is she is critiquing herself, whether it with self-doubt or full confidence, she’s just trying to figure it out. SZA only added to TDE’s already successful year as a music label, and with her great voice and flow she will be a force in the music industry.



As I mentioned earlier, BROCKHAMPTON is probably the best breakout artist this year. The group released three albums alone this year, all titled Saturation and each one was better than the last. Therefore, my favorite album of theirs is their most recent, Saturation III. This may be a little high on my list because I might have some recency bias, but I have listened to it non-stop for two weeks. Starting the album off with the fun and eccentric son BOOGIE, it reels you in quick. It then goes into ZIPPER which has a great flow to it as well. The best song on this album though is probably BLEACH, it’s a mellow-toned song but BROCKHAMPTON member Matt Champion dominated this track with an incredible first verse. Coming in high up on the list is SATURATION III.

1. DAMN. – Kendrick Lamar

Highlights: the whole album

This album is basically the consensus album of the year across all media and deservingly so. Kendrick Lamar is the best artist right now and has been for a few years now, known for his impressive lyricism, deep conceptual thinking, and the crazy amount of engineering done on his tracks, he always delivers. Not only did Kung-Fu Kenny deliver, he dropped a classic with DAMN. First teasing a new album coming in the song the heart pt. 4, then dropping HUMBLE. everyone was hungry for this album. Kendrick first brings us in with BLOOD. In which he is telling a story in a mellow tone, then out of nowhere he hits us with the hard-hitting DNA. which set the tone for the rest of the album.

Most people thought Kendrick Lamar had a crazy two album concept with this album as well. Assuming there was aother album on the way, this was the conspiracy( that actually made sense) that Kendrick would have a follow up album to DAMN. in three days.

In reality, the deep concept of this album was it could be listened to backwards as it told the story of Kendrick growing up and the obstacles he had to face to become what he is today. The stories he told in the individual song were great as well, which we’ve got accustomed to with Kendrick. Songs like XXX., FEAR., and LUST. are all great, but my favorite has to be DUCKWORTH. In DUCKWORTH. he tells the amazing story of how his music manager, Top Dawg, robbed the KFC where his father worked. But Kendrick’s father helped out Top Dawg by giving him free food and consequently, Top Dawg spared his father’s life. I could honestly do a whole post on this album alone…damn.

2017 Pop Culture Rorschach Test

2017 Pop Culture Rorschach Test

It’s the time of year for a million pop culture lists.  Everyone is ranking their favorite TV shows, episodes, movies and performances.   No two lists are the same.  They are like little judgmental pop culture snowflakes. How you judge your entertainment says something about you.  It’s impossible to make judgments without inserting your own opinions. Some critics want to highlight newcomers.  Some want to skew their list to lean more “important” and “thought-provoking.” *insert eye-roll here* The good list makers want to distill what were the favorites of the year.

Whatever the assessment, what you see in a show says something about you.  Is the glass half empty or half full? Is The Americans about how Russians have come to steal intelligence from the US or is about a couple who are fish out of water?  

For me, The Americans is more about the plot than the characters.  Which might tell you that deep down, I have a subconscious concern about Russian spies in America. Your preference might tell you a little something about yourself.

It’s not an exact science, but there are definitely worse conclusions I could jump to. Below are some of the frequent flyers on the 2017 Best Of TV lists.  Beware! Some of your preferences might say a little something about you!

The Good Place

If you lean toward The Good Place as the best show of the year, there is a possibility that you feel out of place.  Eleanor is a “bad person” trying to earn her position in the good place.  Maybe your preference for this show comes from your own feelings of “not fitting in.”

American Vandal

American Vandal truthers are most likely people who have not totally matured.  The high school setting breeds a high school attitude and crassness. The show appeals to an immature and underdeveloped sense of humor.

That being said, I really enjoyed American Vandal.

The Leftovers

You’re an obsessive completer.  To finish a series that contained chain-smoking cults, wedding goats, mysterious crickets and identical twin presidents and assassins takes some commitment.  Even if the show is brilliant, sticking it out when nobody else was interested is impressive.

Big Little Lies

You might be addicted to drama.  Big Little Lies highlighted the glamour as well as the secrets of powerful women in a California town.  The show is for people who crave conflict and suspense.


At first glance picking Mindhunter might just be for people with a  penchant for psychopaths. But after more analysis Mindhunter is more for people who enjoy mumbling, grey color palettes and shows about murder that aren’t very bloody.

Twin Peaks: The Return

No pseudo-scientific analysis here.  A vote for Twin Peaks might just be a vote for the best TV show of 2017.

What was Right and What went Wrong in The Last Jedi

What was Right and What went Wrong in The Last Jedi

The most recent installment of one of the greatest movie series of all times, Star Wars, may be the most polarizing movie in the series. It has either gotten great reviews and people love it, or people say it is worse than the Phantom Menace. I am the type who believes this movie is great and I think people should cut Rian Johnson a little bit of slack, but it does have its flaws.  Now before I get into this, a spoiler Alert is definitely in effect for this piece, as I will address the what went right and wrong, in Star Wars: The Last Jedi.

Good: The Porgs

One of the biggest complaint in this movie is the amount of Porgs that are in this movie. The Porgs were obviously a marketing technique that Disney used to appeal to children, mainly, but it could appeal to many others. Like me for instance, I think the porgs are great and provide a nice comical relief. But some people were not a fan of the porgs, as they could be overwhelming at times, but according to Jake Lunt Davies, the creative designer for Star Wars said there were too many puffins on the island they shot the film from. So, Rian Johnson had a creative idea to create Porgs. This is probably an unpopular opinion, but I thought the Porgs were great.

Bad: Leia surviving space

As we all know, the world lost Carrie Fisher almost a year ago, so everyone thought that she would be killed off (for lack of better terms) in this movie. Boy were we wrong. In fact, we got swerved multiple times and the fact that Leia is still alive in the Star Wars universe blows my mind. I know it will be said to lose Leia, but it has to be done at some point and they had the perfect opportunity to do it in the last Jedi. The fact she’s alive isn’t really the big issue here though, it’s how she is still alive. Leia survived floating in space and that’s unheard of. I realize that she is connected with the force, but it seems kind of outlandish that she can cheat death by floating back to the ship. I would have justified her living if she would have played a significant role if she returned, but she didn’t do anything that important.

Good: Not revealing Rey’s parents

People are under the impression we will never know anything about Rey’s parents and that she really did come from nothing. This befuddles me, because they are going off the word of Kylo Ren, who would obviously lie as a sith lord to bring Rey to the dark side. I think it’s almost a certainty that we find out about Rey’s parents in the next movie, but who that is, is beyond me. I am under the belief that she may be a Kenobi, the granddaughter of Obi Wan in fact. That would still leave a question about her parents unless Obi Wan just raised some junkies, but who knows.

Bad: The Luke/ Kylo Ren situation

This is easily my biggest gripe about this film, because it makes no sense whatsoever and is totally disconnected from the prior movies. I understand that we needed a cause for Ben Solo to become to Kylo Ren, but having a story that has Luke try to kill a conflicted Ben Solo IN HIS SLEEP is terrible. At what point did it make sense that Luke saw the conflict in Darth Vader, the evilest man in the galaxy, in the middle of battle, and could turn Vader. But he tried to kill a conflicted apprentice of his, in Kylo’s sleep? Makes no sense. This tweet sums it up best.

Good: The Elite Praetorian Guards

In Star Wars we have been a custom to the underlying villains playing an insignificant role in the movies. Whether it was the droids in the prequels or the clones in the original trilogy, we’ve gotten used to these antagonists looking very weak. But in the fight scene where Rey and Kylo team up to kill the guards, they looked extremely strong. Making Rey and Kylo (two of the most powerful people in the galaxy) pull out all the stops to defeat them. Not only does making them strong look good for them, it helps solidify that Kylo and Rey could be some of the strongest characters we’ve ever seen in Star Wars.

Bad: Snoke

Well this was dumb. For two years many people wondered, who is Snoke? Where is he from? How is he evil? What makes him significant? Well, all those questions weren’t answered, in fact they weren’t even touched. They killed Snoke and left us with no indication as to how he was significant. Unbelievably bad move.

Good: Gender parity

Its’s 2017 and gender equality is one of the biggest topics in the world right now. With Disney being one of the most progressive companies in the world it was no surprise that they would have women play a massive role in their Star Wars movies. We saw it in the force awakens and we saw more of it in the last Jedi. Rey is easily shoplifting herself as a Star Wars fan favorite because she is a total bad ass and it’s great to see her take the lead role in this film. Now, they may have gone a little overboard with the guys making boneheaded mistakes, only to have women save them. But it’s great to see Rey as more than a damsel in distress and reserving that role for someone like Poe or Finn.

Bad: Holdo not telling Poe the plan

This movie was the longest in the Star Wars saga, but it seemed a bit to long. They could have easily cut out 40 minutes of this film if Holdo just would have told plan in the first place. Not only that, her not telling Poe resulted in a large portion of the resistance being killed. I understand every plot needs a conflict, but this one was so laughably easy to fix.

Kentucky Thrones Radio: A BIG Announcement

After a few months away, Nick Roush and T.J Walker are back to talk about their favorite television show.  More importantly, they’re here to make a special announcement you can’t afford to miss.  Come for the fantastic, life-changing news, stay for the discussion on…

—  Why the books are a great way to kill time before GoT comes back in 2019.

—  Something new you should add to your daily routine in 2018.

—  Crootin’ on the basketball and football front.

—  The biggest surprises from the early Kentucky basketball season.

—  A surprisingly awesome new way to start your day.

—  Terry Touchdown SZN.

—  Why you shouldn’t be scared of Northwestern nerds in the Music City Bowl.

—  Why you should prepare to hear more from T.J. and Nick in the near future.

You can easily listen on the KSR App, available on iTunes and Google Play.  Streaming online is simple through Pod Paradise.  You can also get it directly to your phone by subscribing to “Kentucky Sports Radio” on iTunes or via Android’s Podcast Addict app.

The Funkhouser Situation E16: It’s a Trap!


Star Wars and Christmas have converged to create the ultimate podcast.  Lee Cruse has returned from a Disney Star Wars experience to talk to Chris Tomlin about The Last Jedi and share their favorite Christmas flicks. Highlights for this week’s fantastic Funkhouser Situation include…

—  Why they love The Big Sick and Ray Romano.

—  Tomlin’s Christmas wish is granted; what does Lee want for Christmas?

—  The Top 10 Grossing Christmas Movies since 1980.

—  Lee has more problems with young people.

—  A traumatic/exciting experience on a Disney ride.

—  How Lee would fix Star Wars and who is at fault for ruining it.

You can easily listen on the KSR App, available on iTunes and Google Play.  Streaming online is simple through Pod Paradise.  You can also get it directly to your phone by subscribing to “Kentucky Sports Radio” on iTunes or via Android’s Podcast Addict app.

WWE: Clash of Champions Recap

WWE: Clash of Champions Recap


We are less than 24 hours removed from WWE’s last pay-per-view of 2017, Smackdown’s Clash of Champions. Going in, I believe everybody had extremely low expectations for this PPV, as it just seemed to be a filler show before the Royal Rumble. But the blue brand actually came through and put on a pretty solid PPV. From great story work, solid opening and closing matches, and a possible retirement, Clash of Champions over achieved. Here is a recap of last night’s PPV.

US Championship Match: Baron Corbin (c) vs Bobby Roode vs Dolph Ziggler

This match was a great opener for the show as it was able to draw the audience in for a PPV that had low expectations in the first place. Even earning a “this is awesome chant” the match was fast pace and a false finish galore, from Bobby Roode kicking out of Baron Corbin’s deep six, or Bobby kicking out of Dolph Ziggler’s DDT. It felt like the glorious Bobby Roode was going to win his first title on WWE’s main roster. But WWE pulled a major surprise and gave the title to the man with no gimmick, Dolph Ziggler, as Ziggler hit a beautiful Zig Zag while Baron was trying to hit End of Days on Roode. This is kind of a head scratcher because many people believe he will leave the company in 2018. Maybe one last title push? Grade: B+

Fatal 4-way Tag Team Championship Match: The Uso’s (c) vs The New Day vs Rusev and Aiden English vs Chad Gable and Shelton Benjamin

I thought this match was going to be a mess from the beginning and we would just see the Uso’s and New Day once again steal the tag team spotlight, to further solidify they are two of the best tag teams in all of wrestling right now. But we got a pleasant surprise as they made Rusev and English look strong, along with a good performance from Chad Gable. It was apparent from the entrances of the match how over Rusev is to the WWE crowd, so it was nice to see WWE give him a little momentum during this match. It seemed like all four teams played an equal part in the match and it even looked the Rusev and English or Gable and Benjamin was going to win the tag titles. But the New Day was able to get the jo done once again to walk out of Boston Smackdown’s Tag Team Champions. This run the Uso’s have been on this year has been nothing short of phenomenal and it is easily their best work in the company. They are so fun to watch. Grade: B+

Women’s Lumberjack Match for the WWE Women’s Championship: Charlotte Flair (c) vs Natalya

This was easily going to be the least entertaining match of the night, only for the fact everyone already knew the outcome as Charlotte made Natalya tap in the middle of the ring to retain. The only story work that could’ve came from this match would have been the Riott squad destroying everybody involved in that match, and we didn’t even get that. The most entertaining part of the match was when Carmella almost cashed in her Money in the Bank during the match, only to have it squandered by the lumberjacks. After the match, Natalya cut a promo that many would be considered a hell turn. Talking to the WWE audience she said, “I’m turning my back on you”, but considering she is already a heel, this has me questioning her future in the WWE as she could possibly be turning her back and walking away? Either way, just keep her out of the title picture please. Grade: D-

The Bludgeon Brothers vs Breezango

There’s not much to say about this match, it was a squash. Bludgeon brothers made lightwork of Breezango to further solidify Harper and Rowan are in the best shape of their lives. Moving on. Grade: F

Kevin Owens and Sami Zayn vs Randy Orton and Shinsuke Nakamura with Special Guest Referees Daniel Bryan and Shane McMahon

If Owens and Zayn would have lost they would have been fired from WWE. This match was more about story work and less about wrestling. With that said there were some cool spots, such as Kevin Owens performing a frog splash onto a table and roll up sequence which had Shane and Bryan alternating counts. The best part of the match was Daniel Bryan as he may have played the biggest role. There have been many rumors circulating that he may leave the WWE if they don’t let him wrestle anytime soon, and boy did they tease him wrestling again. From the stare down with Randy Orton, to the shoving match with Shane, we may see Daniel Bryan in the ring again. Daniel Bryan would end up dishing out a quick 1-2-3 on a Sami Zayn roll up to let Kevin and Sami keep their jobs. The biggest question is, was this Daniel Bryan’s heel turn? Grade: B+

WWE Championship Match: AJ Styles (c) vs Jinder Mahal

The main event saw the phenomenal AJ Styles take on The Modern-Day Maharaja and KSR’s favorite wrestler, Jinder Mahal, battle for WWE’s most coveted prize. Many people thought this would be Jinder’s swan song in the main event picture and in a sense, it was as AJ Styles made him tap with the calf crusher, but WWE did a really good job of keeping Jinder relevant in the match. This match was booked almost like the Brock Lesnar AJ Styles match at Survivor Series as Jinder used his physical advantage to dominate early. Only for AJ to use his athleticism to win the match and retain as champion. It is safe to say Jinder won’t be in the title picture anytime soon, but what started off as a terrible push, we have seen Jinder improve immensely to show he belongs in the WWE. Grade: A-

The Aaron Torres Sports Podcast E4: Taylor Hicks

In Episode 4, the Twitter beef of the century is finally settled, as Aaron Torres welcomes former American Idol winner Taylor Hicks to the show. But before Hicks joins, Aaron welcomes his buddy Nick Coffey to discuss the topics of the day, like…

—  The Ball brothers trip to Lithuania.

—  How Rick Pitino and Tom Jurich blocked the NBA to Louisville.

—  Why Star Wars fans are the worst.

—  Hicks explains why he was so upset with Aaron’s comments about Collin Sexton.

—  Hicks shares the advice he received from Nick Saban.

—  What Hicks’ life has been like post-American Idol, and it involves living in Alaska.

You can easily listen on the KSR App, available on iTunes and Google Play.  Streaming online is simple through Pod Paradise.  You can also get it directly to your phone by subscribing to the “Aaron Torres Sports Podcast” feed on iTunes or via Android’s Podcast Addict app.

The Funkhouser Situation E14: Top 50 Comedies of All-Time, Part 2

The Funkhouser Situation returns to wrap up Chris Tomlin and Lee Cruse’s Top 50 Comedies of All-Time Countdown.  Did they forget yours in the first episode?  Probably, but that just means they’ll be talking about it on this week’s episode.  Highlights:

—  They share their favorite Will Ferrell movies.

—  Who is on the Mount Rushmore of comedy families.

—  They try to explain how they chose the No. 1 comedy of all-time.

You can easily listen on the KSR App, available on iTunes and Google Play.  Streaming online is simple through Pod Paradise.  You can also get it directly to your phone by subscribing to “Kentucky Sports Radio” on iTunes or via Android’s Podcast Addict app.

Adult Observations for the 25-Year-Old Home Alone 2

Adult Observations for the 25-Year-Old Home Alone 2

2017 marks the silver anniversary for Home Alone 2: Lost in New York.  The great milestone prompted the Plaza Hotel to offer a real life Kevin McAllister experience.  Cane’s decided to deviate from selling delicious chicken fingers and sell a “Kevin Plush Puppy.”  But more importantly, the anniversary has prompted many to re-watch the Christmastime favorite. What I’m saying is… it’s the most wonderful time of the year!

Like many movies, watching a movie with your 31-year-old eyes is way different than watching a movie with your 6-year-old eyes.  Below are my adult observation for Home Alone 2: Lost in New York.

  1. This Evergreen Meme:

I’ve watched enough House Hunters to know that this house isn’t modestly priced. And even if the writers dared to give the McAllisters a profession that would attempt to pay this mortgage, I’m not sure if I’d find any believable.  (That is except for founders of McAllister’s Deli.)

  1. Creepy Uncle Frank

While Uncle Frank provided Kevin with the “creepy little pervert” soundbite for his TalkBoy, the fact that he left the door open while showering is disturbing.  As we have established, the large house is bursting at the seams with family members.  Uncle Frank is too loose for my taste and frankly has potential to be a creepy little pervert as well.

  1. Kevin’s Fake Solo

At the Christmas recital, Kevin sings “Christmas Tree O Christmas Tree.” It’s a real banger. Now that my musical tastes have matured, it’s painful obvious that Macaulay Culkin is clearly not singing these words. His solo is fake news.

  1. Buzz’s Mildly Offensive Nicknames

Buzz is a tough older brother.  We know this because he plays pranks on Kevin and peppers him with put-downs.  In 2017, all of his nicknames for Kevin seem mildly offensive.  I’m not sure what a “trout sniffer” is, but I’m almost positive it’s not appropriate.

  1. One Half of Pete & Pete

No matter how much you loved Nickelodeon’s The Adventures of Pete and Pete, the show isn’t sticky.  It’s one of your favorites that is easy to forget.  Luckily, Pete #1, Michael C. Maronna, plays a small part in Home Alone 2 to help you remember.

  1. Rare Cinematic Air

Unlike most sequels, Home Alone 2 is as good, if not better than the original.  It is even hard to identify which memorable quotes go with which film.  Which came first, “Merry Christmas Ya Filthy Animal” or “Buzz, your girlfriend….woof.”?

  1. Suspended Believably

There comes a point in the movie where you have to put all your skepticism aside.  Yes, child protective services should have been called.  No, Kevin wouldn’t have been allowed on a plane, even in a pre-9/11 world.  But the thing that sticks out as the most disturbing are Kevin’s evil and maniacal booby-traps.  There are nail guns and sand bags and fire! His mind was quick to process and execute extremely wicked and intricate machines designed to inflict pain.

It’s disturbing.

  1. The History! 

As of 2017, only one American President has appeared in the movie.  Here’s to Michael C. Maronna in 2020!

Chandler Riggs as Carl Grimes, Danai Gurira as Michonne - The Walking Dead _ Season 8, Episode 8 - Photo Credit: Gene Page/AMC

The Walking Dead Mid-Season Review

Hello friends and fans of TWD. My oh my what a season so far, just not for the reasons we were excited about. Heading into All Out War there were subplots from the comic I was intrigued to watch unfold. Ezekiel’s fall into shame after losing his warriors and Shiva. Eugene’s tireless effort to make ammo for the good guys. The behind enemy lines activities of Dwight. What did we get? Well, we did get Ezekiel’s fall, which is well done. However, Eugene being with the Saviors I guess is a long term thing now. Dwight has done a couple of dubious things to help out Rick and the gang. To me this season has been very uneven from the start. Bad writing, music, and lighting aside, the show runners did take a risk in the mid-season finale that at least comes close to what I’ve been wanting from the show. To show viewers that no character is ever truly safe from being served up to the Walkers.


If you had told me before the season started that an original season charcter was going to die, or at least bit by a Walker that will lead to their death, Carl Grimes would’ve been last on the list. I’m being serious as a heart attack when I say this. Robert Kirkman’s plot points in the comic hint at Carl being a leader in the future of the book. I’d put Judith at greater risk of being Walker dinner before Coral. So why did the writers bite Carl in the ribs to take him out? Let us count the possible reasons then talk about the future of the show. As always, I assume you have watched or you wouldn’t be reading this so enter at your own risk.

Chandler Riggs Is Ready To Start His Life

This would be the most obvious answer. Chandler has been with the show over half his life. From the first time he showed up as a little kid running up to his Dad I felt this was the most teflon character in the apocalypse. For Hershel’s sake he gets shot in season 2, has to kill his mom in season 4, loses an eye in season 6, and personally invades the bad guys compound by himself in season 7. He may as well have been Neo in the Matrix. Rick suffers losses from time to time yet comes out ok in the end. Carl gets beat down every other season to the point he’d need therapy every day for the rest of life. However, kids grow up fast. I’ve seen it with my own offspring. One day you’re changing their diapers, the next they’re giving you a speech on the early American colonies. For the comic Carl has stayed young throughout it all, only now coming into his own as a middle teens man. For Chandler this isn’t the case. Life goes on. If this is the reason for Carl getting nipped in the ribs I give him kudos for wanting to move on with his life. However…..

The Writers Wanted Shock Value

I wrote earlier this season that one of the major problems with the show that is hard to get around is the amount of characters. So many plot lines, so little time. Looking at each other in the writing room to plan out season 8 had to be difficult. Do you appease the fans with a straight forward story or throw curveballs? Killing off a major charcter is the easiest way for viewers to stay engaged with the show, but which one has the most impact? I would argue they need to off even more for the show to remain relevant. Carol and Morgan are long gone in the book. Tara, Daryl, the Junkyard gang, and the Oceansiders don’t even exist. A cull of charcters may still be upon us in the second half of the season. The show runners may have simply pointed out that going forward without Carl may be the straw that breaks Rick’s back. To truly push him over the edge. If this is the case then bravo to their boldness.

Appeasing Kirkman’s Ideas

Hear me out on this one. Kirkman has stated on multiple occasions he wanted to do different things in the comics. He wished he hadn’t killed off Shane so quickly and changed Abraham’s death are just two he has spoken about. Maybe killing off Carl was another? For avid readers like myself Carl has reached a point in the comic that mirrors his story on the show. Simply put it is getting stale. When you don’t have much character growth to show you get bored, angry even. Case in point, Roush and T.J. anytime Sam comes on screen in Game of Thrones. It is the same with Carl for myself and Josh Juckett @banterjosh. Chandler was fine as a kid actor yet he didn’t age well. The long hair looks goofy. He has the acting chops of a vanilla wafer. Good luck to him in the future with whatever he decides to do I just hope it is as a director, producer, or even a key grip.

For those of us who are sticking with the show through thick and thin this has been a rough season. It has shown quite a bit more action which I can appreciate. The episodes have seemed as slow as previous seasons. The problem has been the smallest errors are being pushed to the forefront. Dialogue has been Star Wars prequels dry. Editing has been choppy. The close up shots of characters with moody music playing is groan worthy. I just hope they can find solid ground in the second half of the season. Maybe Carl’s death will have a major impact on the story lines. Negan himself should even be bummed out by this development. The show has never been perfect, although season 1 was pretty close. My hope for the future is they can unjump the shark. If not then Season 9 could be the swan song for the survivors of the Walker apocalypse. Until we reconvene in late Febuary I hope you have a Happy Holidays and a Happy New Year. Ta ta

Kennedy’s Wildcat Den closes on UK campus

After nearly 70 years of business, Kennedy’s Wildcat Den will close when the current UK semester ends.

According to general manager Carol Kennedy Behr, daughter of founder Joe Kennedy, “sales have gone down, down, down,” and the store just can’t keep up with online textbook and merchandise purchases any longer.

In an interview with Tom Eblen of the Herald-Leader, Behr said all remaining merchandise will be 40% until doors officially close.

Kennedy’s announced its closing in an email to customers Sunday night, just before final-exam week. Merchandise in the store except textbooks will be marked 40 percent off, Behr said. Rented books must be returned by Dec. 16 and gift cards used by Dec. 22, when the store’s doors close for good. Kennedy’s will continue selling fan merchandise online for a while at

The University of Kentucky will be opening their new $175-million student center this Spring, where the official UK Bookstore will open up.

Eblen reports the most likely replacement for the lot Kennedy’s stands on now will be an expansion of the parking garage right next door.

UK had been trying to acquire the Kennedy’s property for years, Behr said. Plans for the site are unclear, although expansion of UK’s adjacent parking garage seems likely.

End of an era…