M.I.A. is about to pop

M.I.A. is about to pop

Wanted to get this up over the weekend, but I was getting smacked around by Chris Brown.

Twitter is obviously blowin up, and thus we were presented with some great live updates from the Grammy’s. Both Diplo and Questlove were twitting (is that the word?) it up all night, and provided some great comedy.

Weezy, T.I., Jigga, Kanyeezy, and a pregnant M.I.A. rip it up with Swagger like Us. Also, Radiohead and the USC marching band play 15 Step, as Coldplay wish they could be this badass.

Non Grammy related but also worth checking out: Beirut performing live on David Letterman!

Pretty good blog posting about the history of Zone Defense in the NBA. Brings up some good questions about the legacy of great players like Jordan, who never had to deal with such schemes.

Time Magazine pokes fun at Facebook with this great article, 25 Things I didn’t Want to Know About You.

Just saw this one over at Deadspin: Chris Jericho warming up for his match with Mickey Rourke by punching women in the face!

Last but not least, I’m sure everyone has seen this but I had to post it anyways: What happens when a little kid gets really doped up on painkillers?

L...O...They Know

L...O...They Know

On Thursday night, I had a few drinks and made some pretty dumb comments before the Celtics/Lakers Game.  Referencing his performance at MSG, I mentioned how glad I was Kobe was back to his old form.  If he was planning to score 60 a game, there was no way in hell he would be beating the Celtics come playoff time.  I then made some remarks about how Lamar Odom, despite his talents, was useless, and that the Lakers may as well trade him.  After yesterday’s game in Cleveland, it’s safe to say I’m eating my words. Continue Reading

 

his courtside view

What Becks will miss most in Los Angeles: his courtside view

 

For all of you with normal levels of testosterone, you may not realize that David Beckham has been playing soccer in the U.S. for the past few years on the Los Angeles Galaxy. Another thing you may not know is that he was loaned to Italian team AC Milan, which is in Serie A (the major leagues of soccer in Italy). Continue Reading

U Mad Doggy?

U Mad Doggy?

Once the leader of the Diplomats, Cam’ron has pulled somewhat of a disappearing act over the last couple years.  After a feud with 50 Cent failed to get him more exposure, Cam found his partners, Jim Jones and Juelz Santana, gaining more success and acclaim.  Interviews with both members made it clear that there was a rift within Dipset, and comments from Santana suggested that Cam had prevented much of his material from being released.  While Cam seems to have been left behind by the very men that he helped bring up, he’s not quitting any time soon. Continue Reading

You can cut the douchiness with a knife

You can cut the douchiness with a knife

One of MTV’s latest ventures in their effort to completely eliminate music videos from programming is a pseudo-reality show entitled “Bromance.” For those of you who don’t watch this show, listen up because this is great banter if you’re looking to talk to some Ugg-clad women. “Bromance” is Brody Jenner’s (son of former Olympian Bruce Jenner) quest to find a new best friend. Brody needs a new best friend because he was betrayed by fellow douche Spencer Pratt of “The Hills” fame. Contestants compete in various embarrassing challenges to try to win Brody’s friendship. Continue Reading

Hello DownThePikers, I’m Jimmy and I am the most recent addition to this exciting new blog. Danny and I had been talking about starting a blog for a long time and I’m stoked that it is actually happening.

One of my alter egos: Beer Crotch

So now I’ll tell you a little bit about myself: I’m a recent UMass graduate, and I use the “recent graduate” excuse to behave like an insecure frat guy from Thursday night until Sunday afternoon. I’m currently attempting to start my career in the sales and marketing field with my first job, which consists of ground-level advertising and promotions for a prominent domestic beer conglomerate. Like all of the other contributors to this blog, I am a descendant of Central Massachusetts.

The Hanson Brothers are tough to replace

The Hanson Brothers are tough to replace

Hollywood writers still can’t come up with any good or new ideas. Unless you’ve lived under a rock for the past 30 years, you have either seen or heard of Slapshot. Slapshot is, you guessed it, a hockey movie. It’s a classic, full of dirty humor. The Charlestown Chiefs are about to disband because the mill that runs the local economy is shutting down. Player-coach Reggie Dunlop (legend Paul Newman) tells the team they’re being moved to Florida and hilarity ensues. Here are a few reasons why this movie CANNOT be remade. Continue Reading

Santonio Holmes approves of this album cover

Santonio Holmes approves of this album cover

I first heard Animal Collective shortly after they released their 2004 album Sung Tongs.  The critical acclaim that followed this release caught my interest, but I’ll admit that I didn’t complete “get” what they were up to.  I do appreciate experimental music, but as someone who was raised on 70s rock and Prince, I’ll always be a fan of Pop music.  On Songs such as “Leaf House,” and “Who Could Win a Rabbit,” I noticed the Pop melodies and hooks that Animal Collective were capable of, but I also had a tendency to tune out some of their noticeable weirdness.  The following album, Feels, reaffirmed my belief that Animal Collective could have some crossover appeal, and their last album, Strawberry Jam, took these even further with clear song structures and an abundance of hooks.  If Strawberry Jam sold me on this band, then Merriweather Post Pavilion will convince the rest of the world. Continue Reading

It's just a tobacco waterpipe guys! Jeeeez

It's just a tobacco waterpipe guys! Jeeeez

Here’s a story that’s been sweeping the internet this weekend.  News of the World, which appears to be a shitty English tabloid, is reporting that the man in this picture is in fact Olympic Gold Medalist Michael Phelps.  Supposedly the picture comes from the University of South Carolina where Phelps was seeing a girl who enjoyed his fame and money warmth and personality.  The big question here is whether in fact the man in the photo is Michael Phelps.  Even if it is, should we really be that shocked?  I called this months ago when Phelps stated that his non-swimming activities involved sitting on the couch, playing guitar hero, and listening to Young Jeezy.  Let the debate begin.

UPDATE: According to ESPN.com, Phelps has admitted that it is him in the photo, participating in some illegal activities.  He has apologized for his “youthful and inappropriate” actions.

While we’re all gearing up for the big game this weekend, we can’t forget the new ads that will be taking over our screens.  Isaac Bearg may not be an expert but he does question whether or not such big money advertising is worth it.

Some thoughts on this years NBA season from the guys at FreeDarko.  Their NBA Almanac is a must read for fans of the league.

After mentioning Bruce Springsteen in one of my posts I felt like I should post this link containing interviews with a few New Jersey artists on the Boss’s influence.   Also included here are two great covers.

The lineup for Coachella has been posted, with Paul McCartney, The Killers, and the Cure listed as headliners, among many other great artists.  Anyone up for the trip?

While we don’t always show love for New York, i gotta give it up for Knickerblogger.  The “Seven Seconds or Mess” webisodes are definitely worth checking out and always provide great analysis of games.

For those of you who follow action sports, make sure to check out Sofa King New England, a new contest in which snowboard teams compete in a video scavenger hunt at some of the best mountains in the Northeast.

Barstool Sports has a great feature on Superbowl hookers.  This is why i want to move to Tampa.

Last but not least, it appears that Santonio Holmes hasn’t learned much from the whole Mike Vick situation.