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If there is one thing to take away from the most recent USC football scandal, it’s not that the program is in disarray. (It looks that way.) It’s not that Pat Haden messed up the biggest hire of his athletic director tenure. (He did.) It’s not that the team entered a season with high expectations and underperformed. (It surely did.) It’s that former head coach Steve Sarkisian needed help.

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This post was originally published on Medium. Snappa is a game well equipped for 9 a.m. kickbacks: It’s relatively passive and demands downing around a pint of beer per game. Points are allocated as follows: One point if the die hits the table and bounces off, and an opponent doesn’t catch it with one hand; […]

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IS THIS BLOG PRESCIENT?: Hardly! PREVIOUS NO. 1: “Blank Space” — Taylor Swift WHAT’S THE SONG’S DEAL?: Mark Ronson’s been in the production racket for a while, being one of the mastermind’s behind Bruno Mars’ “Locked Out of Heaven,” a shamelessy catchy Police-esque cut as Bruno begs his missus for more sex. Calling this song Police-esque requires you […]

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Why, Gawker? Why?

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Why discuss serious things, from sexual assault to alcohol abuse, when it’s so much easier to cope by laughing them off?

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A bit past the midway point into his set, How To Dress Well’s Tom Krell revealed his date at the Echoplex happened to be a noteworthy anniversary in his life (not his birthday, as someone guessed, to which Krell smiled and informed him and the crowd of his misconception.) Per Krell, his best friend unexpectedly […]

I’m goddamn hopeless — at least regarding grabbing dinner or drinks at a new place. (If I’m hopeless in other ways, though, be sure to comment and let me know!) This may be surprising, but there are quite a few options in the second-most populated city in the U.S. to grab a burger or beer. […]

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A tribute to Robin Williams in "Good Will Hunting."

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Dearly beloved, we are gathered here 2 get through this thing called a questionably made, terrible, unintentionally entertaining movie … and life.


“The worst thing to call somebody is crazy; it’s dismissive. ‘I don’t understand this person, so they’re crazy.’ That’s bullshit. These people are not crazy: they strong people. Maybe the environment is a little sick.” –Dave Chappelle We’ve all developed nicknames for a person in our life. Some are cute and affectionate, like “baby,” “honey” […]

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NOTE: Spoilers for both seasons of “House of Cards” follow. “The only thing more satisfying than convincing someone to do what I want is failing to persuade them on purpose.” -Frank Underwood Hype. So much hype surrounded one of Netflix’s first  and most significant entrants to original programming . Once, the company stocked ads in […]

“And you remember… you’re a sports guy.” -High school year book signature from a senior classmate Four years ago, I didn’t know what I was doing. That argument could be made now to a lesser degree, but four years ago, I was really just unsure of what I wanted to do with school and life. […]


This will be a new series in which I watch/listen/read a piece of media — old or new — for the first time and write about it. The title is paraphrased from an order Jay-Z gave to Nas in “Takeover.” Exciting, I know! I first encountered LCD Soundsystem through Burning Man. Well, not ACTUALLY attending Burning […]

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All right, this is kind of cheating. I had to pen this for a class last year. But I liked the result, so I cleaned it up a bit and threw it up on here. Sue me. Few directors have a more interesting résumé than Cameron Crowe does. The former Rolling Stone writer turned auteur […]

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If I meet someone new, I try to bring up Kanye West as soon as possible for a couple reasons. One, he’s such a divisive figure whom people absolutely abhor because he seems like an asshole. It’s fun to gauge people’s reactions to him. His public behavior could definitely be described as assholeish. What kind […]

Warning: There are some spoilers to the Breaking Bad finale and some, but less, for The Shield. I watch a lot of TV, so much so that I may will be a founding member of whatever inevitable 12-step program develops for late-night binge watching. What? Tony is about to whack a guy in his crew? Sorry, […]

As to not bury the lede, you probably have this question in mind: What’s with the name? It’s kind of aggressive and makes me feel uncomfortable and now I’m closing this and gone forever. No! Please don’t! I can explain. In case you didn’t know, in the time before viral videos were a thing, following […]


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