So the first US Presidential debate lived up to everything that it was promised to be. It was one steel chair or fight away from being an episode of Monday Night War or Jerry Springer. It might have been the most unique debate in democratic history. It makes the debate on Community between Magnitude and Leonard look like a battle of political heavyweights.
Anyway, it’s Wednesday which means that it’s time for us to do the links. Let’s kick things off with Minka Kelly.
When you set the bar too low, it’s easy for someone to claim victory in a debate. The Conservative Party of Canada infamously said that Justin Trudeau would succeed in the Canadian electoral debate if he wore pants to it. He’s now Prime Minister. The goal for Donald Trump was to appear somewhat Presidential. He was standard Trump. (The New Yorker)
The lie score from the first presidential debate is 34 to 4 in favour, if you want to call it that, of Donald Trump. (Toronto Star)
The score among voters is that Clinton won the debate by a score of 51% to 40%. The other 9% are still rooting for the asteroid. (Public Policy Polling)
It’s not often that I have a set of links that give you some semblance of hope but here we are. Today’s links might just be enough to make you think that all is not lost for the United States of America. Granted, that could all change in November.
Anyway, it’s Sunday so it’s time for us to do the links. Let’s kick things off with Minka Kelly.
Very quietly, the death penalty is slowly dying in America. What is behind this change? (Economist)
Americans are mad as hell and they’re probably going to keep taking it. (Esquire)
Michael Moore has an actual plan to make America great again. (The Nation)
Just when I thought that this might be a quiet week in the news, the Conservative government sounds ready to dissolve Parliament and put us on a long road to an election where they’ll attack ad their way to victory. Granted, polls and projections say Canadians would be happy with an NDP-Liberal coalition to topple the Blues. I’m all for that too.
Anyway, it’s Sunday so it’s time for us to do the links. Making an all too rare appearance from Parts Unknown, here’s Minka Kelly.
Rumour has it that Prime Minister Harper could call an election as early as today. That would kickstart the longest campaign in Canadian history which would be only to the Conservatives’ advantage. (CBC – The House)
Stephen Harper will run on his economic record but his economic record pegs him as the worst Prime Minister on the economy since World War II. (Press Progress)
If the Trans-Pacific Partnership goes through, the CBC and Canada Post could be required to operate as for-profit businesses. We’re in a hell of a lot of trouble if this is approved. (Huffington Post)
Because of all the Friday Night Lights wrap-up links I have in here, I have to kick off with the lovely ladies of FNL that Jackie omitted yesterday. It’s Minka Kelly, Adrianne Palicki and Connie Britton.
So I was wrong when I posted a link a few weeks ago about the FNL series finale. The finale aired weeks ago in Canada but FNL just wrapped up in the USA this past Friday. In honour of the end of the best sports show ever, here’s the oral history of Friday Night Lights. (Grantland)
Part of what made FNL great was the soundtrack which helped to make it feel like a Texas football show despite the fact that all the actors were at least in their 20s and mostly from well outside the deep south. Here are the best songs from FNL’s five season run. (GQ)
Deadspin has done it again. They’ve obtained the audited financial statements of the arm of the NFL that brings in all the league-wide revenue. They only made 10 figures of profit last year. (Deadspin)
After the jump, happy 5th Twitter, the self-destruction of RIM and CM Punk is at it again. Continue reading
It’s time for the Wednesday links. Minka Kelly was recently at the Guys’ Choice awards. I don’t know if she won anything but I’m still certain she’s Derek Jeter’s choice.
Since it’s E3 week, let’s kick off with a video game link. In the push to make sports games more realistic, developers are looking off the field to up the game. (Kotaku)
Game Four of the Stanley Cup Final is tonight. Here’s your fun Boston fact of the day: Bruins fans drink more than Celtics fans. (Boston Globe)
There’s nothing I like more than a Mike Tyson profile. (GQ UK)
After the jump, Pippa Middleton goes for a run, serious internet porn research and damn you Timberlake. Continue reading
I’ve drawn in for the entertainment links this week. Since Jackie likes to lead off with someone relevant in his links, here’s Minka Kelly who’s starring in The Roommate. Even the commercials make that movie look Razzie-worthy.
It seems that all TV shows now live and die by the Nielsen ratings. However, these really aren’t the most accurate way to measure the popularity of shows. Here’s a look at why the Nielsen numbers are outdated and why they won’t change. (Splitsider)
After the jump, David O. Russell continuing failure with Uncharted, Bieber fever hits the NBA, and a great CSI parody. Continue reading
Since I put these links together at the last minute, I’m hoping Minka Kelly and Leighton Meester will make up for any omissions.
Today is Wayne Gretzky’s 50th birthday. To celebrate, here is Gretzky’s lifetime accomplishments by the numbers. (CBC)
Given the great run the Maple Leafs are having recently, here’s a good list to cheer up Leafs fans. It’s the ten worst Leafs skaters since the lockout. (Pension Plan Puppets) At least there’s only one current Leaf on the list.
It’s no secret that I’m an old school wrestling fan. With the Royal Rumble this Sunday, here’s a look at the five best Royal Rumble moments. They definitely got #1 right. (Camel Clutch Blog)
After the jump, Kim Kardashian takes over, the story behind the Oregon Trail and Samuel L. Jackson as a hockey coach. Continue reading
Minka Kelly was at the People’s Choice Awards last week. Easy to see how she could be a people’s choice.
The story of golden-voiced homeless man Ted Williams is one that everyone seems to have gotten behind. It’s provided us some good journalism and stories but some excuse for media exploitation. (Midwest Sports Fans)
Ever think about writing your own sitcom. Well, if you have, or just want to know about the thinking that goes into writing your favourite sitcom, here’s a look at how they write the show’s most important scene: The one where the attractive female lead ends up topless. (McSweeney)
A man in Virginia fought the DMV over a hilarious personalized licence plate but the DMV won. Here’s his story of how he came up with the plate and his battle with easily offended people. (Jalopnik)
After the jump, behind the scenes of the Winter Classic, some good life advice and how books can save your life. Continue reading
Here’s Minka Kelly who was just names Sexiest Woman Alive (or something like that).
The infamous Cigar Guy’s identity has been revealed. He’s not a cigar smoking, turban wearing golf fan but an investment analyst. (Sports By Brooks)
We heard that Deadspin spent more money than ever before on the Brett Favre dongslinger pics. One blogger’s sources say that the pics cost $75,000. (Terez Owens)
And on that note, hear’s a long look inside the Gawker Media empire and at its chief Nick Denton. (New Yorker)
After the jump, a sports agent tells all, the most dominant video game athletes, and the tables get turned on Mario. Continue reading
Since there wasn’t a Wednesday linkdump last week, I’ll try to make up for it with Sofia Vergara and Minka Kelly at the start of this one.
I don’t think the Celtics are going to go far this season (I call it The Shaq Effect) but I think this Nate Robinson guy has a future. He’s already pranking the team’s stars. (Red’s Army)
Coming soon to a free porn site near you is the Tiger Woods Sex Tape. I’ll believe it when I see it. (Radar Online)
Alex Anthopoulos came into the season as a rookie GM. With his first season at the helm of the Jays in the books, here’s a look back at his last year. (National Post)
After the jump, Ovechkin tops Crosby again, awesome celebrity endorsements and some amazing Star Wars songs (including the Han Solo song). Continue reading