Remember when The Challenge was full of absinthe-fueled arguments between sociopaths, dudes getting eggs smashed on their faces, and subtextual sexual tension between an ex-gay porn star and an alcopsychoholic? Well, kiss that The Challenge good-bye, ‘cause this week’s episode and next week’s finale are when America’s fifth major sport morphs into something that is much more sport and much less “let’s put some lunatics in a house, give them alcohol, and giggle as they hurt each other’s feelings.” Basically the difference is that now they are vomiting due to physical exertion when before they were vomiting due to one too many cocktails comprised of two parts Everclear, one part Red Bull, and four parts insecurity. To be honest, it’s kinda fun to watch them vomit regardless.
Over a week ago, an exhaustive list of individuals the Obama 2012 campaign hopes will help in some way, shape, or form leaked onto the interwebs. On this list are 194 individuals. Yes, that is a lot of people, but after a thorough examination, it becomes clear that the real beauty lies in the diverse array of humans who made the cut. Just to put it in perspective, if everyone showed up at the same party, it would be the most awkward, almost-200-person gala event in political history. Some of the names included are obvious and others make sense after thinking about it, but a considerable portion will have you wondering why you weren't invited.
Because of every comical aspect of this document, I simply couldn't resist the urge to give it the old line-item-veto treatment and give my two cents on each deserving/undeserving weirdo on this list.
Last month, when Grantland Senior Zombie Correspondent Andy Greenwald was on vacation, our Reality Czar, David Jacoby, filled in on The Walking Dead recapping duties. The differences in opinion were stark: Andy found the show’s second season to be frustratingly slow, riddled with inconsistencies and terrible storytelling decisions. Jacoby liked it that one time the zombie got an arrow in the skull. In the wake of Andy’s extensive column listing the many ways The Walking Dead could be improved, Jacoby suggested a very special conversation for the Grantland Network in which the two could hash out their differences without resorting to biting, shotgun blasting, or violent swings of a pharmacy shelf to the face.