POOP READING

Sep 30, 2016

2016 NFL Picks - Week 4

Much like the Steelers and Cardinals, I'm in need of a bounce back week!

Sep 17, 2016

2016 NFL Picks - Week 2

Let's see if I can write an NFL picks thing for a few weeks in a row, shall we?

Dec 12, 2014

Top 10 Things to Love About Letterman's Top Ten Lists

Jul 10, 2013

Hell. And Back.

I had a bad dream. I wrote about it.

May 16, 2013

The Office Shuts Off the Lights

Mar 28, 2013

20 ways to improve baseball right now

Mar 13, 2013

The Troubling Things I Learned When I Re-Reported Bob Woodward's Book on John Belushi

Feb 27, 2013

How a New Girl script gets made: From outline to final cut on "TinFinity"

Feb 18, 2013

DuckTales invented a new animated wonderland—that quickly disappeared

Feb 7, 2013

School's Out

Feb 4, 2013

Talking to Mike Scully About Writing for Poehler and Fey at the Golden Globes, 'The Simpsons,' and 'Parks and Rec'

Feb 1, 2013

5 Reasons to Be Thankful When Glee Robs You Blind

Jan 30, 2013

A Lip Reader Deciphers The Umpire-Manager Arguments Of 2012

Jan 25, 2013

Purpose Pitches: Remembering Earl

Jan 10, 2013

Let's face it: Hall of Fame is a mess

Dec 18, 2012

"We Didn't Know What The F–- We Were Doing": Fire Joe Morgan on Fire Joe Morgan

Dec 3, 2012

Bill Murray, Star of "Hyde Park on Hudson"

With Bill Murray, Just Take the Trip

Nov 19, 2012

As Not Seen on TV

Nov 9, 2012

The Distress of the Privileged

Nov 2, 2012

To "Predict" Nate Silver’s Future, Look to the More Enlightened Sports World

Oct 29, 2012

If I Were Queen, Kids and Screens

Oct 22, 2012

The Larry Sanders Show {1992-1998}

Oct 19, 2012

Chris Elliott Gets a Life

Sep 24, 2012

Should some movies be taken more seriously than others?

Sep 20, 2012

Sam Harris On the Freedom To Offend an Imaginary God

Aug 23, 2012

Why Your Team Sucks 2012: Minnesota Vikings

Aug 6, 2012

Raising Successful Children

Jul 16, 2012

10 Things Most Americans Don't Know about America

The 11 Ways That Consumers Are Hopeless at Math

Jun 20, 2012

Are Women Funny? I Tackle the Issue. [Spoiler Alert: Women Are Funny]

I love comedy. I love women. I love Adam Carolla. I love the internet. When all of those things threaten to converge, "Denzel-and-Chris-Pine-in-a-runaway-train"-style, I've simply got to say something.

Broken News

Jun 4, 2012

Bill Murray Interview

Jun 1, 2012

Conan O'Brien Didn't Stop: Checking In on the Post-Buzz Era of TBS's Flagship

May 21, 2012

How Is Everyone Coping With Dan Harmon's Community Exit?

Can Community Work Without Dan Harmon?

May 16, 2012

Take Back The Nerd: Five Ways To Be A Good Fan

May 11, 2012

Scotty Carson

May 10, 2012

New Girl Completes Its First Season Evolution From Adorkable to Great

May 3, 2012

Community Is TV's Most Ambitious Show

May 1, 2012

The Foreign Language of "Mad Men"

A Complete Guide to 'Hipster Racism'

Apr 25, 2012

A Game Of Sounds

Apr 23, 2012

8 Reasons You Should Be Naked More Often

Apr 12, 2012

Chris Elliott Talks Eagleheart Season 2: Dead Prostitutes, Extreme Kills, and On-Set Injuries

Apr 4, 2012

I Re-Watched Titanic So You Don't Have To. You're Welcome.

Apr 3, 2012

Why the Chevy Chase–Dan Harmon Feud Won’t Determine Community’s Future

Is Community Star Chevy Chase Quitting The Show? "I Probably Won't Be Around That Much Longer'

Mar 19, 2012

Butts Below the Border

Mar 9, 2012

The U.S. Government Is Too Big to Succeed

Mar 8, 2012

Michael Chabon Attacks Prejudice Against Science Fiction

Feb 24, 2012

Oscar Picks 2012

Any Oscar that Warrior doesn't win is an Oscar that goes to the wrong person. Well, except maybe costume design. The guys in Warrior mostly just wore fighting trunks.

Feb 23, 2012

Did The Sopranos do more harm than good?: HBO and the decline of the episode

Feb 17, 2012

Eddie Izzard's Fake Paul McCartney Bio Speech

Feb 10, 2012

An open letter to the worst human being to ever sit in a theater

Feb 3, 2012

The Accidental Rebranding of Komen for the Cure

Jan 24, 2012

Don't Carpe Diem

Jan 16, 2012

The anatomy of a ripoff

Jan 11, 2012

The Ballad of @Horse_ebooks

The Office: Can It Be Fixed?

Jan 2, 2012

The Dumbest Idea in the World: Maximizing Shareholder Value

Dec 2, 2011

NFL 2011 - Week 13

Let's get this over with.

How We'd Fix The Walking Dead

Nov 18, 2011

Vulture Answers Your Questions About Community’s Future

Nov 17, 2011

Trey Parker and Matt Stone, Americans

Nov 8, 2011

Growing Up Penn State

Oct 28, 2011

NFL 2011 - Week 8

Sure the World Series has been an absolute classic... but now it's time to read about football!

Game 6 Revisited: "How Did This Happen?"

Oct 26, 2011

Seven Billion

Oct 25, 2011

But what do they do with their legs?

Oct 24, 2011

The Human Scale

Is reading on the loo bad for you?

Oct 21, 2011

NFL 2011 - Week 7

A lot of games this week are going to have that "new quarterback smell."

Will nostalgia destroy pop culture?

Oct 7, 2011

NFL 2011 - Week 5

10-6 with the picks last week... inching toward respectability! ("Inching Toward Respectability" will be the title of my autobiography, incidentally)

Oct 6, 2011

A Sitcom Grows Up and Finds Its Identity

Sep 30, 2011

NFL 2011 - Week 4

50-50 for the second straight week... finally, my picks are not appreciably worse than flipping a coin!

Why Podcasts Are Comedy's Second Coming: Adam Carolla, Marc Maron and Greg Proops Weigh In (Q&A)

Sep 29, 2011

Baseball Night in America

Sep 23, 2011

NFL 2011 - Week 3

We're getting there, folks. Just a few more weeks, and I should have this whole thing all figured out.

Sep 22, 2011

Mike's Top Ten TV Shows of the 2010-2011 Season

Will you still view me as a credible critic after seeing The Glee Project on my list? I suppose that means you had to see me as credible in the first place, so there.

Sep 21, 2011

Joe's Top Ten TV Shows of the 2010-2011 Season

There will be an opening at Number 1. So long, "Friday Night Lights."

Sep 20, 2011

Jameson's Top Ten TV Shows of the 2010-2011 Season

Thank God for Bob's Burgers, or this would be just another list of things that me and my friends have said about the same set of shows for years.

Sep 19, 2011

In Praise of Character Actors

Sep 16, 2011

NFL 2011 - Week 2

Week 1 is basically my preseason, i.e., the records really shouldn't be of any concern. It's just all about getting your schemes installed. This week, it's for real!

Sep 13, 2011

Motherhood's Best Kept Secret

Sep 9, 2011

NFL 2011 - Week 1

The glorious return of my not-so-glorious football picks. Please enjoy responsibly.

Sep 8, 2011

In Praise of Wins (Sort Of)

Sep 2, 2011

A.V. Club Interview: Patton Oswalt

Aug 31, 2011

In Which Two Canadians Fight About a Sport That is Not Hockey

Aug 30, 2011

6 Animals That Kill Nature's Scariest Creatures For Fun

Aug 29, 2011

A.V. Club Interview: Paul Rudd

Aug 19, 2011

Why Did Japan Surrender?

Aug 18, 2011

Behind Five Guys’ Beloved Burgers

Aug 17, 2011

Thome

I Watched Every Coen Brothers Movie

Aug 16, 2011

Take a Stroll with Rob Delaney: A Voter's Guide

Aug 10, 2011

The Ten Best Comedy Pilots in TV History

Aug 9, 2011

Tax Soda, Subsidize Vegetables

How to Build a Newsroom Time Machine

Aug 5, 2011

A Method to Republican "Madness"

Jul 27, 2011

Noise-Canceling Devices for a Good Night’s Sleep

Jul 25, 2011

The Lost Roles of Albert Brooks

Jul 21, 2011

Texas Forever

Jul 19, 2011

The Ghost Ship That Didn't Carry Us

Jul 18, 2011

Paul Feig on the Record-Breaking Success of Bridesmaids and What It Means for Hollywood

Jul 14, 2011

Bad Decisions

Jul 13, 2011

John C. Reilly on Terri, Confounding Expectations, and Step Brothers 2

Jul 12, 2011

5 Super Villain Tactics Science Is Using to Kill Mosquitoes

Jul 7, 2011

Yes, We're Having Fun Now: Celebrating "Party Down's" Past and Future in Austin

Jul 4, 2011

Waiting for Comfort

Jun 24, 2011

All Work and No Pay: The Great Speedup

Jun 22, 2011

Pitchfork Interview: Louis C.K.

Jun 21, 2011

AOL Hell: An AOL Content Slave Speaks Out

Jun 20, 2011

Questions for Louis C.K.

Jun 17, 2011

Father's Day

Jun 14, 2011

Serving Pop Stars, But on a Skewer

Jun 13, 2011

Slate's Hollywood Career-O-Matic

Jun 10, 2011

Carter Burwell responds to Frequently Asked Questions

Jun 3, 2011

Liking is for Cowards. Go for What Hurts.

Jun 2, 2011

Marc Maron's 12 Steps to Enlightenment

May 27, 2011

The Hidden Message in Pixar's Films

The Science of Why We Don't Believe Science

May 26, 2011

Dead Kids Make Bad Laws

May 23, 2011

The Showrunner Transcript: Parks and Recreation's Michael Schur on Sleep-Fighting and the Secret to the Show's Sweetness

May 19, 2011

Hashfic: "Studio 60's" Odd Second Life on Twitter

May 13, 2011

The Meta, Innovative Genius of "Community"

May 12, 2011

Why "South Park's" Trey Parker and Matt Stone Now Say It's "Wrong" To Offend

May 10, 2011

The Mark of Kane

May 6, 2011

Stats Geek Bill James Applies His Science to Serial Killers

May 5, 2011

9 Absurd Movie Premises That Actually Happened

May 3, 2011

The RICH Economy

Apr 26, 2011

Vital Signs: Those Who Know Us Best

Apr 25, 2011

A.V. Club Interview: Joe Lo Truglio, Ken Marino, and David Wain

Apr 20, 2011

Ranked: 20 Years of NBC "Must See" Thursday Night Comedies

Apr 18, 2011

Living in the Midwest

Apr 15, 2011

Pushing Paper

Apr 14, 2011

All He Wanted: Chris Kanyon's Doomed Quest To Be Wrestling's First Openly Gay Star

Apr 12, 2011

Interview: Author Caissie St. Onge On Writing, Vampires, Twitter, Friends & Hopes

Apr 7, 2011

I've Seen Every Woody Allen Movie (Here's What I Learned)

Apr 5, 2011

Paul Rudd Interview: He's happy to have a job–any job.

Mar 31, 2011

An Interview With UZR

Mar 25, 2011

Don't Call Me, I Won't Call You

Mar 24, 2011

The Biggest Winner

Mar 23, 2011

Charlie Sheen is Winning

Mar 21, 2011

15 Awesome Minutes with the Awesomely Awesome Amy Ryan

Mar 17, 2011

Three Famous Alums From All 68 NCAA Tournament Teams

A Dramatic Story, At the End of Which Nothing Happens

Mar 16, 2011

Parents, Take a Deep Breath

Mar 15, 2011

The Black Arc Of It

Mar 11, 2011

Tour de Gall

Mar 10, 2011

5 Artistic Geniuses Who Only Became Great After Selling Out

The Devil In Tampa: Remembering The Penny-Pinching, Snack-Policing, Nut-Cutting Days Of Vince Naimoli

Mar 9, 2011

R.E.M.'s incredible non-shrinking legacy

Mar 4, 2011

The Art of the Police Report

Feb 28, 2011

The Ethics of Winter Dibs Parking

Feb 25, 2011

Why Nielsen Ratings Are Inaccurate, and Why They'll Stay That Way

Feb 23, 2011

I Hate My iPad

Feb 22, 2011

Q&A With Real-Life Married Couple Megan Mullally and Nick Offerman

Feb 21, 2011

A.V. Club Interview: Ed Helms

Feb 18, 2011

The Melancholy Confessions of Jack Nicholson

My Puny Human Brain

Feb 16, 2011

Roger Deakins on His True Grit Oscar Nod and the End of Film: "Next Year Will Be It"

Feb 4, 2011

How to Tax the Rich

Jan 27, 2011

The Return of the "Oscar Movie"

Jan 25, 2011

Patton Oswalt Battles His Demons (and Zombies)

Jan 24, 2011

What Modern Family Says About Modern Families

Jan 21, 2011

5 Reasons The Future Will Be Ruled By B.S.

Jan 20, 2011

The Incredible Shrinking Sound Bite

Jan 18, 2011

Space Invaders: Why You Should Never, Ever Use Two Spaces after a Period

Jan 13, 2011

9 Famous Movie Villains Who Were Right All Along

Jan 5, 2011

Double Feature: Dinner and a Movie

Dec 31, 2010

The Loophole Artist

Dec 28, 2010

The Best TV Shows of 2010

Dec 24, 2010

A Holiday Message from Ricky Gervais: Why I'm An Atheist

Dec 21, 2010

Tina Fey: Funny Girl

Dec 16, 2010

The State of the Race: Landslide

Dec 15, 2010

It's a Wonderful Favre

Once published on the NFL.com's long-gone Blog Blitz website, now published here

"why you say I shoulda went to school": 14 awful celebrity Twitter feeds

Dec 14, 2010

Cribs vs. Beds: Parenthood's All-Out War

Dec 13, 2010

Q&A: Alan Alda Chats 30 Rock!

Dec 10, 2010

Sifting Through the Embers

Dec 9, 2010

Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets

Dec 6, 2010

Keith Powell on the 30 Rock Writers Room, Tina Fey's Rise to Fame and the Science of Cheers

Dec 2, 2010

The Color Purple

6 Animals That Just Don't Give a F#@k

Dec 1, 2010

Michael Schur of Parks and Recreation on the Show's Return, Nick Offerman's Mustache, and Playing Mose Schrute

Nov 30, 2010

The Extraordinary Rise of AMC

Nov 26, 2010

Where I draw the line

Nov 24, 2010

Thank You. No, Thank You.

Nov 22, 2010

Homosexual Schmomosexual

Nov 11, 2010

Inside the Christie Bubble: Jersey Peers Take Denials With a Grain of Salt

Are You Ready For a World Without Antibiotics?

Nov 10, 2010

Toy Story 3 Director Lee Unkrich on Not Making Movies for Kids and the Future of Woody and Buzz

Nov 3, 2010

Pixar's Lee Unkrich and Darla K. Anderson on Toy Story 3's Reviews, Oscar Campaign, and Sequel Chances

Nov 1, 2010

A.V. Club Interview: Frank Darabont

Oct 26, 2010

Comedy

Oct 25, 2010

Back to the Future Writer Bob Gale on Risks, Re-Shoots and Eric Stoltz vs. Michael J. Fox

Oct 22, 2010

Pilot tells TSA: 'No Naked Photos'

Oct 13, 2010

Urban Fervor: '30 Rock' Shares Details of Its Live Episode

Oct 7, 2010

Roy Halladay Was Made For This Moment

Oct 5, 2010

I Know You Are, But What Am I?

Oct 1, 2010

Greg Giraldo on Failure

Sep 30, 2010

State of the 'Stache: An Interview with Mustache Chairman Aaron Perlut

Sep 29, 2010

My Relentless Pursuit of the Guy Who Robbed Me

Sep 28, 2010

First, Bash the Teachers

Sep 16, 2010

Mike's Top Ten TV Shows of the 2009-2010 Season

Finally, a list that salutes the triumph of Becker reruns and live-to-tape coverage of professional bowling!

Sep 15, 2010

Life, Liberty, and Breaking the Rules

Sep 10, 2010

The King Of The Ferret Leggers

Sep 9, 2010

Unanswerable Prayers

Sep 2, 2010

6 Movie Heroes Who Actually Made Things Worse

Aug 25, 2010

The Pain of Pitching

Aug 24, 2010

Power Couple

Aug 23, 2010

A.V. Club Interview: Aubrey Plaza

Aug 18, 2010

A.V. Club Interview: Chris Parnell

Did Star Wars Become a Toy Story? Producer Gary Kurtz Looks Back

Aug 16, 2010

The Anti-Mustache All-Stars, or What Hath Thou Wrought, Carl Pavano?

Aug 12, 2010

Outraged Moms, Trashy Daughters

Aug 10, 2010

Confessions of a Tea Party Casualty

Jul 30, 2010

The Dark Flaw in 3D's Bright Future

Jul 27, 2010

Canned Laughter

Jul 22, 2010

5 World Changing Decisions (Made For Ridiculous Reasons)

Jul 21, 2010

Bill Murray Is Ready to See You Now

Jul 20, 2010

The Agnostic Cartographer

Jul 16, 2010

Penn and Teller interview

Jul 12, 2010

End of the Road?

Jul 8, 2010

Vegans and the Quest For Purity

Giving the Crowd What It May Not Crave

Jul 2, 2010

Cultivated Play: Farmville

Nobody's watching: The strange genius of the fourth season of 'Til Death

Jun 29, 2010

Surely It's 30 (Don't Call Me Shirley!)

Good or Bad, Baby Names Have Long-lasting Effects

Life of pie: Losing weight by eating nothing but pizza.

Jun 25, 2010

Bros Icing Bros: Understanding This Ridiculous Phenomenon

Jun 24, 2010

The Breeders' Cup

Jun 21, 2010

I Don't: The Case Against Marriage

Jun 16, 2010

The Ten Best Films Based on TV Shows

Jun 15, 2010

Why Americans Just Won't Buy Into Soccer

Like with most things, I'm naturally inclined to blame Clinton and hippies. But in this instance, try as I might, I couldn't find a way to blame Clinton.

Resolving the iPhone resolution

Jun 14, 2010

The Last Expo

Jun 3, 2010

Not Dead Yet

May 28, 2010

Magic numbers: A meeting of mathemagical tricksters

May 27, 2010

Humans: Why They Triumphed

Jedi Knight of Hoops

May 24, 2010

Law & Order School of Drama

May 19, 2010

Be Funny, Biting, Sweet, Ironic, and Just This Short of Sappy

May 14, 2010

Facebook's Gone Rogue

May 13, 2010

Moyer's Career Longevity Is One For the Ages

May 12, 2010

My Favorite Actor

May 10, 2010

Why an essential part of the game's romance is in decline

May 5, 2010

The Best Show On TV

I suspect that "Friday Night Lights" will hold this title until it goes off the air for good. There's really nothing "Modern Family" or anybody else can do, which is a bit of a shame, but "Friday Night Lights" is just so damn good.

Why I Hate 3-D (and You Should Too)

May 3, 2010

Scott Adsit Talks 30 Rock, Improvisation, and Alec Baldwin's Big Ideas

Apr 28, 2010

Random Roles: David Koechner

Apr 26, 2010

Stealing Third All the Rage Nowadays

Apr 23, 2010

A Pledge to Conan From the Fans Who Got Him Into This Mess

Apr 21, 2010

Tina Fey: "You have to be totally willing to look goofy or unattractive"

Apr 20, 2010

Time Traveler Caught in Museum Photo?

Apr 14, 2010

Animal Magnetism

Apr 8, 2010

6 Scientific Reasons People Drive Like Assholes

Apr 7, 2010

You Don't Need an iPad

Apr 6, 2010

The First Honest Piece of Advice About Girls on the Internet

Apr 5, 2010

Baseball Gets Defensive

Mar 31, 2010

Hey, aren’t you…?: 15 actors’ winking nods to past characters

Mar 25, 2010

As Good As It Gets

Mar 22, 2010

Unplayed Music

Mar 19, 2010

In Defense of Deficits

Mar 17, 2010

The Ten Summer 2010 Movies We're Most Excited to See

Mar 10, 2010

Cheating and CHEATING

Mar 3, 2010

All in the Modern Family

The Dish: A Report on Pitchers by a Catcher to the Stars

Mar 1, 2010

The Snubbies: Best Picture

We conclude our look at the most overlooked by taking a look at Best Picture. Also, be sure to check back with us every day this week... we're about to go Oscar nuts at PoopReading.com!

Roger Ebert's Last Words, con't

Feb 24, 2010

A.V. Club Interview: Alison Brie

Feb 19, 2010

The Snubbies: Best Actress

We finish out the week – but not the Snubbies, so don't worry – with Best Actress. More to come, so join us again on Monday. Or Tuesday. No later than Tuesday.

Feb 17, 2010

The Snubbies: Best Supporting Actor

We continue our week-long righting of the past decade's Oscar wrongs.

Frank Thomas

Feb 12, 2010

Why do human testicles hang like that?

Feb 9, 2010

The First Talking Sex Robot: A (Terrified) User Review

The Human Shuffle

Feb 3, 2010

Baseball's Best Statues, by Ballpark

Feb 2, 2010

Interview: Berkeley Breathed

Jan 29, 2010

Football Games Have 11 Minutes of Action

Jan 27, 2010

The Sixth Stage

Jan 22, 2010

The 4 Big Myths of Profile Pictures

Jan 19, 2010

Conversations About The Internet #5: Anonymous Facebook Employee

Jan 18, 2010

Why Some Comics Aren't Laughing at Jay Leno

Jan 15, 2010

Better Late Than Never? The State

Jan 14, 2010

10 Reasons This Was TV's Decade

Jan 6, 2010

When Lit Blew Into Bits

Jan 1, 2010

The waiting is the hardest part

Dec 21, 2009

My 20 Years at ESPN

Dec 16, 2009

Is It Time for The Simpsons to G'oh?

Scott Adsit on the State of Sitcoms and Why New York Fears The Second City

Dec 15, 2009

A Star, a Soap, and the Meaning of Art

Dec 14, 2009

Favre Being Favre

We're Thru

Dec 11, 2009

NFL 2009, Week 14

Everyone had a bad Week 13 picking games, apparently. Not just me.

Dec 10, 2009

How December 25 Became Christmas

Dec 8, 2009

The Death of Method Acting

Dec 7, 2009

Trendy Baby Names a Sign of Group Think?

Dec 3, 2009

You Really Should Be Watching Parks and Recreation

Dec 2, 2009

One and Done (with updates)

Dec 1, 2009

The Great Climate Change Scandal

Nov 26, 2009

Thanksgiving Fantasy Dinner Draft

Nov 25, 2009

I'm a Culture Critic... Get Me Out Of Here!

Nov 24, 2009

A.V. Club Interview: Steven D. Levitt

Nov 20, 2009

NFL 2009, Week 11

The bye weeks are done. Everybody's playing. Life is as it should be.

6 Things That Shouldn't Explode (But Did Anyway)

Nov 19, 2009

Greinke's Cy Young Award Is a Victory Over the Victory

Nov 18, 2009

They Made a Part Two to What? - The Ten Worst Unexpected Sequels of All Time

Nov 17, 2009

Unheavenly Host

Side Effects May Include...

Nov 16, 2009

Why Belichick Made Right Decision

Nov 13, 2009

NFL 2009, Week 10

I could have won money on the NFL last weekend, but I voluntarily chose not to. Details inside...

Nov 12, 2009

The Yankees Payroll

Nov 11, 2009

The Best One-Season Wonders of the '00s

Nov 4, 2009

A.V. Club Interview: Chris Pratt

Nov 3, 2009

Epictetus the Life Coach

Oct 29, 2009

Top 10 Revenge Games in NFL History

Oct 28, 2009

The End Game of Bobby Fischer

Oct 26, 2009

Carrie Fisher's Crowning Moment

Oct 22, 2009

What Poker Can Teach Us

Oct 21, 2009

How Dan Harmon Went From Doing ComedySportz in Milwaukee to Creating NBC's Community

Football Coaches Do the Darndest Things (Like Stage Their Own Deaths)

Oct 20, 2009

Ribald Retro Case File #146: Down With Love

Oct 19, 2009

In Praise of the Crack-Up

A.V. Club Interview: Joel and Ethan Coen

Oct 16, 2009

NFL 2009, Week 6

Sometimes, don't you just kind of feel bad for people who don't like football?

Underqualified for the Overrated

Oct 15, 2009

Tina Fey Rocks!

Oct 13, 2009

The Very Grouchy Daddy

Does Baseball Need Umpires?

Oct 12, 2009

Who Wants To Be a Billionaire?

Oct 9, 2009

7 Secrets Only Two Living People Know (For Some Reason)

Oct 7, 2009

Riding the Metrodome

Oct 6, 2009

Can a Woman "Prong" a Man?

Leno at the Bat

Oct 1, 2009

Roman Polanski: What If He Were "Father Polanski"?

Sep 29, 2009

The Conflicted Existence of a Female Porn Writer

Sep 28, 2009

I Got to Roll Out the Tarp, But...

A Self-Loathing Comic Changes His Act

Sep 25, 2009

Is the Internet Melting Our Brains?

Sep 24, 2009

"Friday Night Lights": Why Aren't You Watching the Best Show on Television?

Sep 23, 2009

Behind the Glass Teat: 14 Worthwhile Shows About Television

Sep 22, 2009

The Case for Killing Granny

Sep 21, 2009

Fall TV Preview 2009

Sep 18, 2009

NFL 2009, Week 2

And we're off to a .500 start...

A Free Country

Beagle or Bichon: Can Dog Drool Provide Insight?

Sep 17, 2009

5 Popular Zombie Survival Tactics (That Will Get You Killed)

Sep 14, 2009

What If Kanye West Is Retarded?

Who Are You Calling Genius?

Football's Subversive Side

Sep 11, 2009

NFL 2009 - Week 1

Are you ready for some [guy's picks column about] footbaaaaaaaaall?

Sep 10, 2009

The Best Show On TV

It's "Glee." It'll be "Glee" for a while.

Sep 8, 2009

The 3 key parts of news stories you usually don't get

Reunited and It Feels So... Yada Yada Yada

Sep 7, 2009

Sucker Punch Hall of Fame

Sep 2, 2009

A Radical Solution to End the Drug War: Legalize Everything

Aug 27, 2009

Mike's Top Ten TV Shows of the 2008-2009 Season

Time to lay the hammer down, bitches!

Here Are Six Ways To Improve the NFL

Happiness: A Buyer's Guide

Aug 26, 2009

Torii Hunter's Personal Miracle

Aug 25, 2009

Brandon's Top Ten TV Shows of the 2008-09 Season

Heavy on comedy, light on drama, and devoid of all reality. Shows! Reality shows was what I was... sigh.

"Death Panels" - A Most Excellent Term

Aug 24, 2009

Joe's Top Ten TV Shows of the 2008-2009 Season

Which shows will make the list? Who will be Number 1? Will your favorite show make the cut? Brett Favre! [okay, Brett Favre doesn't actually have anything to do with this, but I just wouldn't feel right not including him somewhere]

Aug 19, 2009

"Now I'm Bored and Old": 27 Deliberately Confounding Follow-Ups to Popular Successes

Aug 18, 2009

GM: Still Making the Same Mistakes

Aug 17, 2009

A.V. Club Interview: Ken Jeong

Aug 13, 2009

Are Liberals Seceding From Sanity?

Aug 10, 2009

The Women Behind Mad Men

Aug 7, 2009

Marginalia

Aug 4, 2009

Is the Judd Apatow moment over?

Aug 3, 2009

The 10 Funniest People Working in Film Today

Jul 30, 2009

When Novelists Sober Up

Jul 22, 2009

Prof. Builds Game's Most Influential Website: baseball-reference.com

30 Reasons Why 30 Rock Rocks

Jul 20, 2009

7 Fatal Injuries (That People Somehow Survived)

Jason Bateman's Arrested Development: Not All Former Child Stars Are Felons

The Rickey Show

Jul 17, 2009

While Recovering, Rockies' Francis Revels in Physics of Pitching

Jul 13, 2009

The 25 Funniest People in America

More Than Just a Celebration Of a Network

The Patriot's Guide to Legalization

Jul 9, 2009

Syfy: Not Your Father's Sci-Fi

Jul 8, 2009

Torture-Free But Still a Rock Star

Jul 6, 2009

Rest Stops, R.I.P.

Jul 1, 2009

Family Guy's Seth MacFarlane Interviewed!

Jun 30, 2009

You Call That a Strike?!

Jun 29, 2009

Sex Americana

Jun 26, 2009

Q&A: The Big Sort

Jun 25, 2009

John Grisham Marks 20th Anniversary of "A Time To Kill"

Jun 24, 2009

Giving Don Fehr His Due

Jun 23, 2009

Reagan Was Wrong

Find My iPhone works, and it is awesome.

Jun 22, 2009

Michael Cera: What I've Learned

Jun 19, 2009

New Glimpses of Life's Puzzling Origins

Jun 18, 2009

Strokes of Genius

My Failed Attempt To Return A Broken "Comfort Wipe"

Jun 17, 2009

Talkin' Pitch Counts and Nolan Ryan's Crusade

Jun 11, 2009

I Cook, Therefore I Am

Jun 9, 2009

What The Fuck Happened to TV?

Jun 8, 2009

An Extremely Awkward Encounter With Larry David

Jun 5, 2009

The Hitler Meme

Jun 4, 2009

Call Malcolm Gladwell, I'm a Weight Gain Outlier

Jun 3, 2009

My Year of Flops Case File #59: Pennies From Heaven

Jun 2, 2009

Goodbye, GM

25 And Over

Jun 1, 2009

The New Cult Canon: Team America: World Police

Heaven, Hell, and the Ultimate Baseball Road Trip

May 28, 2009

2012: Tsunami of Stupidity

May 27, 2009

2009 Upfronts Quiz

Can you guess which shows the TV networks just announced for the fall season? The answers may be more ridiculous than you think.

The Show That Counts

May 26, 2009

Crash, bang, wallop, what a picture

Rules for Time Travelers

May 25, 2009

They Died For You: 10 Things Americans Should Know About World War II

May 22, 2009

2008 NFL Movie Character Mock Draft

Teenagers Don't Use E-mail

And they call it Buffy love

May 21, 2009

Every Chore's An Adventure When You "Muppet Baby" That Shit

May 20, 2009

Pooping My Pants With "Glee"

Don't get hung up on the title of this piece; it's something of an in-joke between me and PoopReading.com contributor Jameson Simmons, from back before this website was even a gleam in anyone's eye. The piece itself is about "Glee," the TV show.

"Youth Magnet" Cities Hit Midlife Crisis

May 19, 2009

For some late-night hosts, the laughs come cheap

May 18, 2009

The New Cult Canon: The Big Lebowski

Why "Dollhouse" Struggles and "Fringe" Soars

Don't Listen To Jenny McCarthy

May 15, 2009

How an Intern Stole NASA's Moon Rocks

NYT Blows It On Pixar, The Safest Bet In Hollywood

May 13, 2009

Evil and Boras

May 12, 2009

Why Dollhouse Really Is Joss Whedon's Greatest Work

May 11, 2009

The Joy of Exclamation Marks!

I Want to GOP to There

May 8, 2009

The Weekly Log, 5/8/09

Lots of stuff to cover this week, folks. We've got sports, we've got TV; well... mostly just sports and a little bit of TV.

Confronting My Worst Nightmare

May 7, 2009

My Lifetime Passes

A link that our own Brandon Kruse put up earlier in the week inspired me to think about who has earned my "lifetime pass." Kevin, Joss, Sarah and Norm: thanks for all the good work.

ESPN.com's Bill Simmons, Your Next Wolves GM?

May 5, 2009

Magic and the Brain: The Neuroscience of Illusion

May 4, 2009

An Appreciation of Jack Kemp

Who Gets a Lifetime Pass?

Apr 29, 2009

Yankee Stadium and the Power of Sports Monopolies

Dark Sugar

Apr 28, 2009

Inside the Baby Mind

Straight Man

Apr 24, 2009

The Weekly Log, 4/24/09

Gay marriage, Kent Hrbek, and "Chuck."

(this blurb should not be taken to mean that Kent Hrbek is getting gay married to a guy named Chuck. I mean, I haven't specifically heard that he isn't, but, in this particular case, I think we can take the absence of any evidence that he is to mean that he is not)

Alice Oswalt vs. Jason Statham

Apr 20, 2009

Scott Adsit Talks With Starpulse About His Show 30 Rock

Apr 17, 2009

An Interview With Michael Schur

Apr 15, 2009

"The Real Spinal Tap"

Apr 13, 2009

Happy Happy, Joy Joy Case File #134: Kids In The Hall: Brain Candy

Apr 8, 2009

The Top 51 TV Shows By State, Part Two

You never thought you'd see the day, but after four months it's finally here... I unveil the second of my multi-part series, in which we consider the top TV shows ever set in Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida and Georgia.

The A.V. Club Interview: Anna Faris

Apr 6, 2009

Baseball's Next Top Models

Apr 3, 2009

3-D Movies Hurt Your Eyes

Mar 30, 2009

The Little Fellow Who Ruled The World

Mar 26, 2009

Newspapers Are Dying, and Baseball Fans are Suffering

Strasburg Is On the All-Time Fastest Track

Mar 24, 2009

10 Simpsons episodes from the past 5 seasons that stand among the series' best

Mar 23, 2009

The Folly of the "Hundred Days"

Mar 19, 2009

My Year Of Flops, Norm MacDonald’s Film Career Died For Your Sins Case File #133: Dirty Work

Mar 18, 2009

Home

Mar 13, 2009

Sex, anarchy and Russell Brand

Mar 10, 2009

The All-Time Baseball Movie Team

Mar 6, 2009

How Google Is Making Us Smarter

Mar 4, 2009

My Year Of Flops, Kicking A Man While He's Down Case File #132: The Love Guru

School of Rock

Mar 3, 2009

What Should I Do with My Life, Now?

Feb 27, 2009

How Baseball Ruined the Baseball Movie

Strikes and scandals haven't just hurt the game; they've hurt the moviegoing public.

Appreciating Carlos Delgado, the Lost Slugger of the Steroid Era

Feb 25, 2009

Jordan's Effort a Marvel 15 Years Later

Feb 24, 2009

Mindfuck Movies

Feb 20, 2009

*For the Records

Feb 19, 2009

New Cult Canon: Eyes Wide Shut

Lincoln the Great (Though He Didn't Look That Way at the Time)

Feb 16, 2009

8 Players Banned From Baseball Not Named Pete Rose

The Ten Biggest Acting Oscar Snubs of the '00s

Feb 13, 2009

The Weekly Log, 2/13/09

If Alex Rodriguez is the most hated man in sports right now, hockey player Bryan Little of the Atlanta Thrashers should be the most beloved.

Feb 12, 2009

The Five-Year Oscar Rule: Best Picture, 2003

While everyone debates which movie deserves to win at this year's Oscars, we take a look at who should have won in 2003. Be warned: the Academy's choices don't look any better in the long view.

The 10 Greatest Fictional Presidents of All Time

Feb 10, 2009

Will Jon Hamm Save America?

A few months ago, Clint Eastwood basically called our generation a bunch of pussies. Was he right? In there anyone out there who can take up the mantle of Clint, or, for that matter, of Harrison Ford? This piece's title might give you a clue...

The Stories Behind 20 Muppet Favorites

Floppiest Flop Case Files #126: Delgo

Feb 9, 2009

Ranking the Super Bowls, Part Two

In which I take you on a magical journey from the 27th-best Super Bowl ever all the way to... the 18th-best Super Bowl ever. Don't worry; the good ones are coming soon.

Feb 6, 2009

The Weekly Log - 2/6/09

In which I cover reality TV and grammar. And if there are two more compelling subjects out there waiting to be tackled, I'd certainly love to hear what they are... yeah. Thought so.

Steve Martin's Best Movies

Feb 4, 2009

Ranking the Super Bowls, Part One

Some say the Steelers-Cardinals Super Bowl was the greatest ever played. Spoiler alert: it wasn't. You'll have to wait until later in the week to find out what was; for now, though, read about all-time-best Super Bowl #43 through all-time-best Super Bowl #28. Why #28? Because that's when I got tired.

A.V. Club Interview: The State's David Wain, Thomas Lennon and Kerri Kenney-Silver

Curious Cases

Feb 3, 2009

Mr. Oscar, Tear Down This Wall!

Feb 2, 2009

Hell Is Plastic: 18 Calamitous Music and Movie Packaging Gimmicks

Jan 30, 2009

NFL 2008 - Super Bowl XLIII

Come on, Steelers. You've got to win. For anything to make any kind of sense, ever again, you've just got to.

Jan 29, 2009

"It's a Fat Free Food!  Moo!"

Too much committee thinking and group input will invariably lead to the worst possible solution.

Jan 28, 2009

Lonely hearts club band

Jan 23, 2009

10 Fascinating Meetings in Modern History

The Alaina Rautio Interview

Jan 21, 2009

How the Movies Made a President

New MLB Rules Cause Maple Bat Flap

Jan 20, 2009

How to Waste an Oscar

In which we examine some films that are shoo-ins for Academy Award nominations, and why they shouldn't (necessarily) be.

"...A Kid in Iowa Who Grows Up To Become President..."

We originally published this piece back in November, but it seems like a good fit for inauguration day. And, if you haven't read it, it's new to you!

Jan 19, 2009

Top Ten Worst Super Bowl Teams

Jan 16, 2009

NFL 2008 - Conference Championships

Pretty much everyone went 1-3 last week; I went 2-2. So, at least that's something. Plus, I single-handedly fix the NFL's overtime problem.

Jan 14, 2009

How the City Hurts Your Brain

Jan 13, 2009

A.V. Club Interview: Bret McKenzie and Jemaine Clement of Flight Of The Conchords

From Daguerreotype to Photoshop

Jan 9, 2009

NFL 2008 - Divisional Playoffs

This is the week we turn it around. I feel good about things. I mean, if I can go 0-4 last week, I can just as easily go 4-0 this week. I mean, you'd think so, right?

Found Objects: The Recently Deflowered Girl

National Mall Reflects Magnificence and Neglect

Jan 8, 2009

My Year of Flops Redundancy Case Files #127 and #128: The Big Bounce and The Big Bounce

Who Checks the Spell-Checkers?

Putting an End to the Lebron-to-NYC Drama

Jan 7, 2009

Apples for a Nickel, and Plenty of Empty Seats

Jan 6, 2009

Clint Eastwood: What I've Learned

Jan 5, 2009

Resuscitation: A Q&A With the Creator of Scrubs

Favorite TV Characters of 2008

Jan 2, 2009

NFL 2008 - Wild Card Playoffs

I would have sworn that it was "on a pile of money with many beautiful women," but, I looked it up and Brandon had it right. I shouldn't have doubted him. Anyway, here's some crap about football.

Ravens' Pryce is a Screenwriter

Dec 30, 2008

50 Things We Know Now (We Didn't Know This Time Last Year): 2008 Edition

Dec 29, 2008

The Springfield 25: The Top Simpsons Supporting Characters

Why Does Hollywood Hate the Suburbs?

Dec 26, 2008

AVQ&A: Guilty Pleasures

Dec 24, 2008

Will Sabathia Have the Most Pinstripes in Yankee History?

Dec 23, 2008

VHS Era is Winding Down

Dec 22, 2008

Risky Business Indeed

2008: The Year in Band Names

Dec 19, 2008

NFL 2008 - Week 16

If you don't want to hear from a pessimistic Vikings fan who can imagine several nightmare scenarios whereby his team misses the playoffs... then don't read this. Otherwise, enjoy!

Favorite Movies of the Year

The Michael Larson Incident

Dec 18, 2008

The Worst Teams in Sports History

Dec 16, 2008

Are you Ready for some (Political) Football?

Mmmmm, football good. Politics bad.

Dec 12, 2008

NFL 2008 - Week 15

Two winning weeks in a row, everybody. The force is strong with this one. Read on...

Dec 11, 2008

How Cereal Transformed American Culture

The Existential Clown

Dec 10, 2008

Is Bill Murray NYC's New Party Boy?

Dec 9, 2008

The Top 51 TV Shows By State, Part One

In the first of a series, we take a look at Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas and California. And yes, we know there are only 50 states; the District of Columbia has shows, too.

41 Tips For Writing Funny Lines

Interview: The Sklar Brothers

Dec 8, 2008

The 7 Dumbest Things Ever Done By Airport Security

Dec 5, 2008

NFL 2008 - Week 14

Finally, a winning week last week, folks. Can't nothing stop us now!

Dec 3, 2008

Brad Pitt/David Fincher Profile

10 Terrible Life Lessons from Your Favorite Christmas Movies

Dec 2, 2008

12 Fantastic TV Characters Whose Portrayers Did Not Receive an Emmy Nomination (Part Two)

Finally, we get to talk about the ladies. Part One was a regular sausage fest, huh fellas?

Dec 1, 2008

12 Fantastic TV Characters Whose Portrayers Did Not Receive an Emmy Nomination (Part One)

These people should have been recognized. Now, finally, in the form of an internet post that almost no one (except you!) is ever going to read, they will be.

Nov 28, 2008

Gazing Into the Crystal Football

Nov 26, 2008

Thanksgiving Dinner Fantasy Draft

Nov 25, 2008

Ten Great TV Shows Cancelled Way Too Soon

Where the lesson is: never trust ABC.

Fire: The Next Sharp Stick?

Nov 24, 2008

Two Meals in Vancouver: Both Crepes

Nov 21, 2008

NFL 2008 - Week 12

Included herein: several paragraphs of boring commentary about NFL officiating, followed by 32 Zooperstars. What are Zooperstars, you ask? Well, you're in for a treat...

Fire Joe Morgan: The Exit Interview

Nov 19, 2008

"We're From Adelaide"

In a train car on a dark night in Sydney, I find out all I will ever need to know about Adelaide. I'm dying to visit someday.

Nov 14, 2008

NFL 2008 - Week 11

This is the week. I can feel it, guys; my picks are good. My picks are solid. This is the week.

Nov 13, 2008

Homosexuality vs. Genesis: An Analysis of "Solsbury Hill"

A gesture of friendship takes an unexpected turn.

How Herb Score Changed My Life

Nov 7, 2008

Yes, It Can

Joe said it more succinctly: The Daily Show is very likely to survive Obama's presidency. But in case you're curious why it will, read on.

Nov 6, 2008

Top Ten TV Shows, 2007-08 Season

The classic list, now with 10% less hate-filled swearing!

Nov 5, 2008

The Mystery of the Major League Baseball Logo Designer

Nov 3, 2008

Leave Al Franken Alone

In defense of an embarrassing buffoon.

Oct 31, 2008

NFL 2008 - Week 9

Everyone should vote... to read my NFL picks column! (Get it? 'Cause... the election?)

Oct 29, 2008

Comedies Get No Respect from Oscars

Oct 24, 2008

NFL 2008 - Week 8

I haven't had a winning week in a while; that means I'm due, right?

Um... right?

Honestly One of the Weirdest Things I Have Ever Read

Oct 17, 2008

NFL 2008 - Week 7

I feel really good about this weeks picks, you guys. Of course, I wouldn't tell you if I didn't...

Oct 14, 2008

Night of the Living Constitution

Oct 10, 2008

NFL 2008 - Week 6

Because my guess is as good as yours.

Oct 9, 2008

Is 30 Rock the New Taxi?

Winning another Outstanding Comedy Series Emmy doesn't necessarily signal the end of worrying over ratings.

Oct 8, 2008

Prepare For the Worst

Oct 7, 2008

The Top Ten TV Shows of the 2007-2008 Season

Shows 10 through 5... the other half of the list is coming soon.

Oct 2, 2008

NFL 2008 - Week 5

I always say that you don't really know anything until Week 5. Well, it's Week 5... and I'm still confused.

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