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Hell in A Cell 2017 Preview – You’re Never Too Old To Watch Wrestling Podcast

Hell in A Cell 2017 Preview – You’re Never Too Old To Watch Wrestling Podcast

Hell in a Cell 2017 takes place tonight in Detroit, Michigan with a pretty good lineup of matches.  Shane vs. Kevin Owens, as well as New Day vs The Usos sit as two of the most look forward to matches of the year, both taking place inside Hell in a Cell. Not to mention AJ Styles in a US Title match, Ziggler v. Roode, Nakamura, and Charlotte v. Natalya all add to the solid show.

To get you in the mindset for WWE Hell in a Cell 2017, the guys from the You’re Never Too Old To Watch Wrestling Podcast have put together their latest episode, which is a deep dive into the full Pay-Per-View card.  Kentucky boys, Anthony Combs and Paul Phillips, talk weekly about all of the happenings in the wrestling ring, in a very entertaining show.  They have been very kind to bring me back on the show to discuss HiaC predictions, Bradley Cooper as Vince McMahon, Lance Russell, and more. So, while you’re still celebrating the Football win last night, take a listen to this week’s episode of “You’re Never Too Old To Watch Wrestling”

Click here to listen to “You’re Never Too Old To Watch Wrestling” on iTunes

 


The Funkhouser Situation: Episode 5

Chris Tomlin and Lee Cruse return for another hilarious edition of KSR’s pop culture podcast, The Funkhouser Situation.  Superhero movies are today’s main topic, they discuss this week’s top box office hits, and…

—  What kind of actor can make a bad move palatable?

—  The new Tom Cruise movie has connections to Louisville, and Kentucky ties to “The Kingsman.”

—  Lee Cruse: “He wasn’t as tight as he was at 30.”

—  What makes a superhero movie great.

—  The superheroes they looked up to when they were kids in the early 20th century.

—  A heated debate over Captain America.

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 Best Dress Television Has Ever Seen

The Mindy Project is about a single OB-Gyn living in New York City.   Dr. Lahiri, played by Mindy Kaling, is the best dressed character on TV.  No one comes close. The show’s costume designer, Salvador Perez, consistently dresses Mindy in bright pops of color, expensive Chanel coat thingys and the boldest floral prints.  It’s everything.  The looks aren’t practical.  During delivery, Dr. Lahiri is likely to soil her gold Gucci flats.  But that’s not the point.  Her wardrobe is the most important character on The Mindy Project and I’m so here for it.  

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The Mindy Project Style chronicles each of the outfits worn throughout all six seasons.   Recently, the website revealed one of the dresses that will be worn on the series finale.  Y’all, it’s perfect. I have no rational reason to wear this dress.  But, then again, what rational reason does Dr. Lahiri have for wearing a $1,295 Lela Rose Floral Jacquard Bell-Sleeve Sheath Dress to work?

The idea of wearing such a spectacular dress is just as fantastical as the dragons on Game of Thrones.  If I let my mind wander long enough, I can dream up a few occasions that I could rationalize wearing this perfect dress.

But first, let’s appreciate what Diane Von Furstenberg has created.  

  1. Although still expensive, the price doesn’t have a comma in it.
  2. Sparkles!
  3. UK Blue and White
  4. Looks like a picnic table cloth caught in a spring rain
  5. Cinched waist for a slimming fit
  6. Gingham is so in right now.
  7. It’s so shiny

I could write more reasons but they are all sparkle adjacent.

The good doctor has proved that although you need a healthy clothing budget, you don’t need a good reason to wear a great dress.  That being stated as fact, all we need is a few somewhat plausible reasons to wear DVF’s gingham masterpiece.  Here’s a few I’ve been kicking around:

💙 When Reese Witherspoon and I finally become friends and she invites me to her Nashville estate

💙 To the grocery store to match my click list bags from the Kroger

💙 To every Spring Keeneland Saturday

💙 Any and every wedding I will ever attend

💙 Anytime I will be near a group of 30 or more people

💙 As I storm the field when UK finally beats Florida

💙 Every 4th of July with a sassy red bandana in my hair

💙 Halloween when I dress up as Dr. Mindy Lahiri from the season finale of The Mindy Project

💙 Anytime I could potentially be near Joanna Gaines for a cool conversation starter

💙 To blend in at any picnic

💙 To clash with any plaids

💙 When I go to get a matching custom made American Girl doll

💙 To wear at home while scrolling through Pinterest

💙 Definitely to a New England clam bake

It’s an odd thing to fantasize about a dress that has yet to appear on a TV show.  Knowing The Mindy Project’s track record, I can guarantee that Mindy will have less than my previous reasons to wear the dress.  She’ll probably be eating something I never knew I’d want (like chicken pie a la mode) and asking her signature question, “Exsqueeze Me?”  None of it makes sense, but then again neither do dragons, incest and chilled zombies, but people seem to love that too.  


The Funkhouser Situation: Episode 4

Chris Tomlin and Lee Cruse return for another exciting edition of KSR’s best kept secret, The Funkhouser Situation.  With the fall TV season starting, there’s a ton to discuss, like…

—  This week’s SNL premiere and who has the early hosting gigs.

—  The SNL show that led to Chris and Lee’s first bonding moment.

—  What makes a movie quote iconic?

—  Movies that come on TV you can’t turn off.

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 “Princess Bride” Just Turned 30…Inconceivable!

The “Princess Bride” Just Turned 30…Inconceivable!

Yesterday was the 30th anniversary of a glorious day.  On September 25, 1987 The Princess Bride was given to the world, and the world has been a much better place for it.  I could write a lot about The Princess Bride.  It’s one of my triumvirate of favorite movies (along with Jaws and Jurassic Park) and a movie I regularly watch multiple times a year.  I never get tired of it.  The cast is perfect, the story never gets old, and it is one of the most quoteable movies of all time.  Everybody has their favorites: “Hello, my name is Inigo Montoya…”, “as you wish”, mawwiage”, and so many more.

The enduring charm of The Princess Bride is that it is basically the perfect movie.  I suppose that last sentence was not entirely accurate since it only has a 97% on Rotten Tomatoes, but I will disregard that other three percent.  There is absolutely something for everyone in this movie.  Practically every genre is covered: fantasy, adventure, action, romantic comedy, drama, and a little bit of horror if you count the shrieking eels and Count Rugen.  The movie is also appropriate for any age group.  I have been watching The Princess Bride for as long as I can remember, and it just never gets old.  I even named my dog (pictured below) Buttercup after the main character.  Needless to say, I love this movie and to honor its 30th anniversary I made a list of the top five quotes that are most often overlooked as great quotes:

“Anybody want a peanut?”-Fezzik

“I’ll explain it and I’ll use small words so that you’ll be sure to understand, you warthog faced buffoon…”- Westley

“Have fun stormin’ the castle.”  Miracle Max

“You seem a decent fellow, I hate to kill you.”- Inigo Montoya

“I do not envy you the headache you will have when you awake.  But for now, rest well and dream of large women.”- Westley

Oh what the heck, a Princess Bride post wouldn’t be complete without this too:

What are some of your favorite Princess Bride quotes?


The Funkhouser Situation: Episode 3

The Funkhouser Situation with Chris Tomlin and Lee Cruse is back.  This week they touch on a variety of topics, but first, they start with a message from a listener.  Highlights:

—  The struggle is real: Lee can’t master technology.

—  Country music stinks: how it’s changed and the problem with young country artists.

—  If you could make only one TV channel, what would it be?

—  Stand-up Comics vs. Improv/Sketch Comics

—  The TV shows Lee and Chris are currently watching.

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 Only Stevie Nicks Quiz You Never Knew You Needed

The Only Stevie Nicks Quiz You Never Knew You Needed

This week, many of the country’s greatest chefs will come to Louisville for the Bourbon and Beyond festival. I’m beyond excited to see, taste and Instagram all of the dishes I can possibly try.  But, if I’m honest with myself, I’m most excited about hearing Stevie Nicks on Sunday night. Nicks is a legend. Her voice is better than yours.   Her style is a look only she can pull off. And she’s still in the game.   Stevie Nicks is the type of artist that can slip out of your mind, but when you’re reminded of how much you love her, it’s the best kind of nostalgia.  This Sunday, Stevie Nicks will be on the Louisville waterfront. Hopefully she’ll sing all of her hits, but I don’t care as long as I get to see her twirl in her ridiculous shawl. To get in the proper head space, here’s a little quiz to remind us of why Stevie Nicks is one of the most iconic women in rock music.

1. How old is Stevie Nicks?

a. 62

b. 65

c. 67

d. 69 (the edge of seventy)

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2. What profession did Nicks plan on pursuing before she dropped out of college?

a. Lawyer

b. Psychiatrist

c. Social Worker

d. English Teacher

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3. Which song is ranked highest on the Rolling Stone 500 Greatest Songs of All Time?

a. “The Chain”

b. “Dreams”

c. “Landslide”

d. “Go Your Own Way”

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4. Which of these movies or TV shows does NOT feature a song sung by Stevie Nicks or Fleetwood Mac?

a. Phenomenon

b. Twister

c. Practical Magic

d. Forrest Gump

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5. What’s the title of Stevie Nicks’ official fan website?

a. Nicks Chicks

b. The Sir Nicks-a-Lots

c. The Nicks Fix

d. Band of Gypsys

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6. Which is Stevie Nicks’ microphone stand?

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7. Which Destiny’s Child song sampled “Edge of Seventeen?”

a. “Bootylicious”

b. “Jumpin Jumpin”

c. “Sweet Sixteen”

d. “Say My Name”

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8. Which of these cringe-worthy article titles about Nicks is fake news?

a. “Stevie Nicks: The men, the music, the menopause”

b. “Watch Stevie Nicks Smash Herself in the face with a twirling baton.”

c. “Harry Styles once gave Stevie Nicks a Carrot Cake…”

d. All of the above

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9. Watching which TV show got Nicks through a bout of depression?

a. The Crown

b. This is Us

c. Big Little Lies

d. Game of Thrones

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10. What’s the second most common search for “questions people may ask” about Nicks according to Google?

a. Where can I get a kimono like her?

b. How often does said kimono get caught in the car door?

c. Is Stevie Nicks a witch?

d. Oh mirror in the sky, what is love?

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Results:

  • If you got 0-2 questions correct you are…

Just like the white winged dove, you did poorly.  Ooo, baby, ooo, ooo.

  • If you got 3-4 questions correct you are…

A timid tambourine–you  have some of the pieces, but not the whole band.

  • If you got 5-7 questions correct you are…

Going full twirl.  Like Stevie with a fringed shawl, you’re truly in your element.

  • If you got 8-10 questions correct you have…

Won in a landslide.  Look at your reflection in the snow-covered hills, you’ve crushed this silly quiz


The Funkhouser Situation: Episode 2

Lee Cruse has returned to The Funkhouser Situation to discuss a variety of topics cross the pop culture landscape with Chris Tomlin. Today’s primary topic: modern westerns. Highlights include:

— This week’s hits in the box office.

— Will a setting make you more likely to watch a certain film?

— Tomlin still thinks La La Land won Best Picture.

— Movies that create an emotional reaction.

— The Best Westerns made in the last 30 years.

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.


Hopeful Thoughts For Stephen Colbert’s Emmys

Hopeful Thoughts For Stephen Colbert’s Emmys

The 2016 Emmys were a snoozefest. All of the cool moments that the you think you remember about the 2016 Emmys were actually from the 2017 Oscars–La La Land “winning” over Moonlight, the Hollywood Tour Bus Gimmick, Nicole Kidman’s inhuman clapping, etc.  Even though television has become more interesting than film, the Emmys have become a more monotonous affair.  This Sunday, Stephen Colbert will lead the charge to make the Emmys great again.  It’s an uphill battle.  If they use last year’s broadcast, hosted by Jimmy Kimmel, as an example of what not to do, then hopefully the quality of the award show will improve.

Embrace the Opening Segment

Often, the internet complains about the opening segment of awards shows.  The “problem” is that they always seem to be a hodgepodge of characters from nominated shows assisting the host because he is late to get to the theater. The segment has officially been over used.  Colbert tends to thrive in these opening bits.  When he transitioned from Comedy Central to CBS, his introduction showed him crossing the United States while singing the national anthem with fans.  It was lovely, but more importantly it was original. The award show structure is rarely described as original. Hopefully, Stephen Colbert can introduce a new perspective on the tired opening montage.

Avoid the Viral Awards Show Moment

Last year, Kimmel broke the number one rule for trying to “go viral.”  He tried to go viral.  Even with the help of the Stranger Things kids, the shtick of passing out paper bag lunches to the audience will never be iconic.  Viral moments are supposed to be effortless and authentic.  Right now, in some Hollywood writer’s room, some poor writers are desperately trying to develop what will be the next Oscars selfie or pizza delivery.  Hopefully Stephen Colbert’s charisma will help guide him through any ill-advised segments.

Presenter Problems

Nothing makes an awards show lose steam quicker than when unprepared/uninterested presenters take the stage. Their negative energy sucks the life out of any gaining momentum of entertainment.  Moments that are supposed to be lighthearted and fun turn into jokes that are either too tired or too aggressive for no reason.   Someone always fumbles for their glasses. It’s a thankless job.  Like the opening segment, the idea of presenters needs to be re-imagined.  Colbert’s team has a gift for interesting segments.  Hopefully his talent translates to Sunday night’s presentation of awards.

Colbert is in an odd position on Sunday night.  He is a host for a television awards show but has made his name commenting on politics.  In 2017, politics have become more dramatic and entertaining than all of television and movies combined.  Finding the balance between commenting on our current state of reality and celebrating the winners of the 69th Emmys isn’t an easy feat. Coupled with the well tread missteps of opening segment fatigue, viral moment obsession and lethargic presenters, hosting an awards show isn’t for the weak. Colbert needs to be ready to play ball on Sunday.  Something tells me, he’s up for the task.


What Happened When Conrad Thompson Bought a Ric Flair Robe and Ended Up Being One of the Biggest Names in Wrestling Podcasting

What Happened When Conrad Thompson Bought a Ric Flair Robe and Ended Up Being One of the Biggest Names in Wrestling Podcasting

On August 5, 2016 the world of wrestling podcasting was turned upside down with the premiere of Something to Wrestle…with Bruce Prichard.  The podcast, featuring former WWE employee Bruce Prichard, has become a huge success and developed a loyal following of fans.  With the success of Something to Wrestle, another wrestling podcast was born.  What Happened When premiered on January 30, 2017 with former WCW personality Tony Schiavone.  Both podcasts took veterans from the wrestling industry and gave them a platform to tell their stories.  The common thread between these two podcasts, aside from wrestling, is co-host Conrad Thompson.  Conrad has gone from wrestling fan to king of the wrestling podcast hill, and it has certainly been an interesting path.

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The Funkhouser Situation: Episode 1

The Funkhouser Situation: Episode 1

Welcome to The Funkhouser Situation, KSR’s new weekly podcast that will scavenge the world of pop culture to discuss the best in entertainment.  Your host, Chris Tomlin, is joined by Lee Cruse in the inaugural podcast to dish on the weak summer movie slate, the upcoming fall TV lineup and…

—  How do you bring people back to the movie theater?

—  Beauty and the Beast was a hit, but Lee’s still taking Cinderella.

—  A breakdown of Taylor Swift and Katy Perry’s new music videos.

—  Lee and Chris’ Top Ten Comedies of the last ten years.

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.