Sunday Link-Off: End The Games Before They Really Begin

laura-vandervoort-maxim14-04I’m going to warn you that if you’re looking for coverage of Olympic sports, you’ve come to the wrong place. I am in no mood to celebrate “the world coming together.” There are bigger fish to fry in Sochi. There will be Olympic coverage but I promise that sports fans won’t be interested.

But since it’s Sunday, I’ll have the column tomorrow. For now, it’s time for the links. Here’s Laura Vandervoort.

Not all Russians are as heartless as Vlad Putin and cronies. A hastily assembled dog rescue effort backed by a Russian billionaire is trying to rescue as many strays from Sochi as possible before the government-hired contractor kills them. (New York Times)

So it turns out that Sochi is ready for sports but not ready for anyone or anything else at these Olympics. Hotels for media have been an utter embarrassment for a supposed first-world country that was supposedly ready to host the Olympics. Then again, it’s probably just a way to distract the media from Russian gay bashing and dog killing. Why are you supporting these Olympics by buying the merchandise and watching the events? (Washington Post)

By the way, how did we all miss the symbolism of Germany’s rainbow uniforms? (Sports Grid)

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Entertainment Link-Off: Cheers Conan

I know the post is about Conan O’Brien (mostly), but let’s start with the drop dead gorgeous ex-Friday Night Lights starlet Adrienne Palicki.

Let’s start with a recap of the final Tonight Show with Conan O’Brien (Kansas City Star)

Conan has to stay off TV for the next seven months but what if he never came back? He could make a huge impact on the interweb. (New York Times)

Did you know that Artie Lange (of talking about Joe Buck sucking cock fame) predicted that the whole Conan mess would happen? (The Comic’s Comic)

After the jump, lots more on Conan, slightly NSFW sports stuff, and some Simpsons just because. Continue reading

The Humanoids: Hard Hits

We’re back and hitting harder than ever on The Humanoids. I don’t know if you’ve noticed but the whole blog is under reconstruction since Jackie left. I’m busy holding down the fort which makes for busy nights working on the next day’s post(s). Yeah, I don’t have any sympathy for myself either. Mind you, I don’t have any sympathy for the subjects of today’s column either. These folks have dug their own holes with what they’ve done over the last little while. If you make your bed, you’re going to have to lie in it.

Speaking of hard hits, I just found out that our next episode of the radio show is being pre-empted. We’ll still be doing the Lowdown Extra in its place. We’ll still do some of the stuff scheduled for the radio show but the trip to the club for pickup line advice is cancelled. Expect fire and brimstone to rain down during the WTF opinion segment. Continue reading

Entertainment Link-Off: The Replacements

Jackie’s out and I’m in. The ELO is probably going to be a little different until Jackie gets back so settle in for a wild ride. Anyway, let’s kick things off with Blake Lively. If you check out my linkdumps regularly, you would see her fairly often.

Here’s an example of how things are different. Would Jackie link to a picture of a 5-year-old hitting a beer bong? The better question is who would let a 5-year-old hit a beer bong? (Lion’s Den U)

Maybe I’ll make up for that with the usual. Liam Neeson, maybe? How ’bout Rampage Jackson? Yes, it’s The A-Team trailer. (/Film)

And it’s time for your token Avatar is racist and anti-American essay. (New York Times)

After the jump, some sports/entertainment stuff, Leno vs. Conan, and the Taco Bell commercial girl. Continue reading

Entertainment Link-Off: Be A Nerd, Join the Herd

This weekend marks the return of one of the best shows on network TV right now. Chuck premieres tomorrow night with 2 back to back new episodes followed by another new episode in its regular timeslot on Monday at 8 pm on NBC (CityTV in Canada). To celebrate this special occasion, here’s Yvonne Strahovski.

This post also marks my last Entertainment Link-Off before going on a 2 month hiatus. I can only assume that Steve is taking over, so he’ll keep you company for a little while.

After the jump Jay Leno’s in trouble at NBC, some more Avatar links, my own list of top 10 films of 2009 and Michael Cera shows some ‘range’ in his acting. Continue reading

The Humanoids: Gonna Fly Now

This week on The Humanoids, I’m talking about people riding a recently found wave of popularity and notoriety. These folks you just wouldn’t have brought up in conversation last week. They’ve gone from being completely off the radar to being the lead topics around the water cooler this week. Some of these conversations have just been folks rolling their eyes when they hear a name. Other conversations get people riled up over some of the dumb things that they’re tied up in. Will we still be talking about them next week? I don’t know because I sure didn’t think that they would be in this week’s column when I finished up last week’s. That’s why this column is subtitled Gonna Fly Now.

By the by, The Lowdown made its triumphant return to radio this week. We returned for Season Three on 94.9FM CHRW. You can find all the action here. We’re back on September 29 at 6:30 PM with our NHL preview special. It’s going to be a half-hour of fantasy hockey and general hockey season previews. Because the show is based in London, we have to throw in some gratuitous local content which means team previews of Detroit and Toronto. Expect the number 1967 to come up quite a bit. Continue reading

Entertainment Link-Off: Welcome to the Dollhouse

dichen-lachman-1Since Eliza Dushku has been featured in an earlier edition of the weekend link-off, I thought I would let her Dollhouse costar Dichen Lachman headline this post. The season finale of Dollhouse airs next Friday at 9 pm on FOX (since the network decided not to air the 13th episode titled Epitaph One). While this show has little to no chance of returning next season, perhaps an uptick in viewers for the finale might help change FOX’s mind.

I know this is an “entertainment link-off”, but this first article is too good to pass up. A new Viagra rival is actually an ointment that can be rubbed onto the skin. [Insert ‘rubbing to turn something on’ joke here]. Apparently this product can lead to quicker hard-ons compared to Viagra. I guess this could generate some entertaining results. [Daily Telegraph]

After the break, Dollhouse, Chuck, some music news and the latest Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen trailer! Continue reading