Thursday, October 23, 2014

Hyphenated Review #1: The Monday Night War: WWE vs. WCW

So because I watch/read/listen to so much stuff but still want to give my opinions on things without typing up a 1000 word post, I've created a video version of a Hyphenated Review. I rattle off some thoughts for about 10 minutes or less, slap an image from what I'm talking about with the audio, create and upload to my YouTube channel. (Almost) instant Hyphenated Review.

I've been watching The Monday Night War series on the WWE Network and it does deliver what the title states: stories of the Money Night War. But since there's three sides to every story, we get a certain view on the War with every episode. Still a fun watch for any wrestling fan.

Song Of The Moment: Childish Gambino - Telegraph Ave ("Oakland" By Lloyd)

As I mentioned in the last post and on the first episode of Mollyfog The Music, I really like this song. I don't know why it took me so long to watch it, but it's dope. The fact the Jhene Aiko's cute self is along for the ride doesn't hurt. But look out for the twist at the end because it's never as simple as music for Donald any more.

Undiscovered Country: Kid Jimi - Telegraph Ave (Cover)

YouTube and Google know too much about me. I was uploading a video last night and as I was checking out the finished product, I see a recommended video for a cover of Childish Gambino's "Telegraph Avenue ("Oakland" by Lloyd)", a song I've loved since my first playthrough of Because The Internet. Covering the tune over a beat of his own making, here's 3 plus minutes you won't mind giving up today.

Song Of The Moment: Drake - Draft Day

The best thing about Song Of The Moment posts are how here and now they are. I've had Drake's "Draft Day" on my iPod for months and I thought it was a good song. But recently, I've been playing it to death.

It works on so many levels, from the Lauryn Hill sample, to the shots at Jay, to the catchy cadence of "Draft day, Johnny Manziel". My wife is sick of that one. Maybe that it's one long rhyme is the only reason "0 to 100 (The Catch Up)" gets more love.

The fact that some of favorite Drake records are records where he just goes in and drops a massive amount of bars may have something to do with it as well. "Lord Knows" is my joint too.

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Uneducated Guesses About the 2014 MLB Playoffs: World Series

So maybe this picking winners for a sport I didn’t follow closely during the regular season thing isn’t as hard as I thought. I definitely will not change the name of the column from Uneducated Guesses though. Then I don’t look like an idiot when I’m wrong. And I would never try to sort out the NHL playoffs, don’t worry about that.

But here we are! The 2014 World Series, featuring the two hottest teams in baseball, the Kansas City Royals and the San Francisco Giants? First, kudos to both ballclubs for making it to the Fall Classic. No easy task even if they both didn’t win more than 90 games in the regular season. But enough fun, I absolutely love that it comes down to the Royals and the Giants. No teams with the highest payroll, no annoyingly good shortstop getting one last chance at the Trophy (I will miss you though Derek Jeter. Much respect), and no teams that I hate!

The Royals haven’t lost a game in the postseason; the Giants have lost only 2. Both teams should be well rested, well coached, and well-oiled for tonight’s tip-off, er, I mean, first pitch. This is harder than picking between the Cardinals and Giants in the NLCS. And before I do:

I know the Giants were on a roll. I know Yadier got hurt. But I really thought the Cards would get more than ONE game. Sure, the games were all extremely close, but it never seemed like St. Louis wanted it as bad as San Francisco did. So much for my MLB Spurs theory.

The Royals haven’t lost ONE game since the postseason began and they’ve taken out TWO of the best teams in baseball this season in the Angels and the Orioles. More importantly, they could become the first team since the 1976 Cincinnati Reds to finish a postseason undefeated, and with more rounds now, they’d own the most impressive postseason run of all-time. I’m sure a second World Series crown would suffice though.

So who wins?

#4 Kansas City Royals v. #5 San Francisco Giants: The Giants won’t get swept. Neither will the Royals. Both ballparks have been extremely difficult for opposing teams, but both teams have won 4 games on the road this postseason, so you can almost throw home field out the window. And both of these ballclubs are so fundamentally sound that each game should be competitive and down to the last out. I’ve owned both Kansas City and San Francisco hats in my lifetime but only the SF one in my adulthood. Somebody get Cinderella her slipper. Royals in 6.

Monday, October 20, 2014

Reminders: Kanye West & Charlie Wilson - Bound 2 (On Jimmy Fallon) (Live)

Sometimes, it's nice to have reminders. For example, Kanye West has pretty much been written off as genius/asshole. He's judged more for ranting, running into signs, and dealing with the attention that comes with being the second Mr. Kim Kardashian and North's dad.

The thing to remember is that Kanye still makes music. And while Yeezus may not have lit the world on fire like he hoped, it's still a damn good record that sounds nothing like anyone else's record.

I fell in love with "Bound 2" from the moment I heard it, then lost a little respect for it after the video came out. To see "Bound 2" in its best form, you need to turn back to the day that Kanye and Charlie Wilson showed up for Late Night with Jimmy Fallon last year. Remember how Ye and Charlie and The Roots came together to bring Yeezus' final track to life and forget all the other crap you associate with Kanye West.

Just watch, listen, and be inspired. Music like this is the reason why we heap so much ridicule on Kanye daily. Because we can't complain about his art when it sounds this dope.

This is your Reminder.

Hyphen Sports Live: NCAA Football 2004: Three-Peat

For the third year in a row, the West Virginia Mountaineers took home the National Championship trophy after holding #4 Oklahoma to 1 touchdown in the National Championship Game. Winning 42-10, defensive back Wyatt's pick six led to him receiving MVP honors of the Fiesta Bowl.

In just their fourth season, the Mountaineers transformed from a 4 star program to a perennial 6 star powerhouse. Going into the 2007 season, expectations are high for bringing a fourth straight National Title to Morgantown. With the starters that are returning plus the #1 recruiting class in the country, the odds are in their favor.

Here are recaps of the last few games of the season.