Monday, December 21, 2009

Morning Brew for 12/21

I was finally able to catch last week's episode of Jersey Shore over the weekend. Let me just say this was one of the best hours of TV ever. I have a hard time posting recaps of the show because I don't want to spoil it for anyone who hasn't seen it yet, so let me just throw out my favorite quotes from this episode:

"Mike would #### a Gatorade bottle if it had a pulse at this point." —Ronnie

"I'm hookin' up with my girl, Pauly's hookin' up with his girl, and, uh, we're gonna have sex. So, you know, that's the Situation."
—The Situation

"We smushed." - Ronnie

"Chill out, Freckles McGee." —The Situation

Oh man, just go ahead and do yourself a favor and head over to the Jersey Shore website and watch last week's episode. You will not be disappointed.

-Can't get enough Tiger Woods news? Well apparently neither can I. Woods was named the PGA Tour's Player of the Year for 2009. This is the 10th time that Tiger has won the award in his 13 years on the Tour. He won 6 times this year on the Tour, and captured his 2nd FedEx Cup, and the $10 million bonus that comes along with it. The award is voted on by other members of the PGA Tour.

-Two major fast food chains are proving that sex really does sell everything, even hamburgers. Carl's Jr., and Burger King have both launched advertisements that are hoping to capture the attention of young men all over the world. One ad allows users to watch a bikini clad women take a shower and allows viewers to choose which song she will sing, while the other will allow consumers to have an online lunch date with Kim Kardashian. Still not quite sure what the prize is for that.

-Time Magazine has posted its 10 Worst TV Shows of 2009. The fact that they decided to add Jersey Shore to this list automatically discredits them in this guy's opinion.

-James Cameron's new blockbuster film, Avatar, captured the weekend's war at the box office. The film brought in $73 million. That was on the low end of early studio estimates, but considering that the Eastern Seaboard was buried under a massive snow storm, this is considered a huge success for the director's first movie since The Titanic in 1997.

-Actress Brittany Murphy passed away over the weekend. The actress who appeared in 8 Mile, and Clueless among others was only 32 years old. Foul play is not suspected in her death. The actress was apparently ill in the days before her death appears to have died from natural causes. An autopsy will be performed this week to determine the actual cause of death.

Not sure what the schedule will be like for new posts throughout the week. As always you can check up on our Twitter page for the latest updates.

Friday, December 18, 2009

Morning Brew for 12/18

Slow day today for decent links. Is everyone hungover from watching Jersey Shore last night?

-As I first mentioned yesterday on our Twitter account, Pepsi has decided not to advertise during this year's Super Bowl. This will be the first year since 1986 that the beverage giant will not have an ad during the NFL's Championship Game. Ads for this year's game are in the $2.5-$3 million range for a 30-second spot.

-Just a few days after the Golden Globe Awards were announced, we now have the 2010 Screen Actors Guild Nominees. The awards are voted on by the members of the Guild, and will be handed out on January 23rd, and will air on both TNT, and TBS.

-I posted a link a few days ago about General Motors threatening to shut down Saab if no potential buyers emerged. Well, that didn't take long. 3,400 employees of the Swedish automaker will be affected by the closing of the company.

-GQ has put together a slide show of their top 12 Cover Girl's of the decade. For all the men out there who read this, you're welcome.

Like I said, slow day today for links. If anything pops up throughout the day I'll be sure to post it on our Twitter account. Hope everyone has a good weekend, it might be time to start thinking about your holiday shopping. At least that is what I am being told.

Thursday, December 17, 2009

Morning Brew for 12/17

Oh, by the way today is Thursday, which means a new episode of Jersey Shore tonight on MTV.

-Just a day after Tiger Woods received some good news by being named the AP's Athlete of the Decade, a report has surfaced that Tiger's wife, Elin, is seeking a divorce from the golf superstar. The move can't really be questioned by anyone with a brain after the allegations that have come against Woods in the past few weeks, but the big question now is, how much will Elin get in the settlement?

-Some tragic news this morning from the NFL. Cincinnati Bengals wide receiver, Chris Henry has died following an accident in Charlotte. The troubled wide out who attended West Virginia University was involved in an apparent domestic dispute with his fiancee, and fell out of the back of a pickup truck that she was driving. Henry had been arrested 5 times after being drafted in 2005, but had seemingly turned the corner before this tragic accident. While homicide detectives have been assigned to this case, no arrests have been made.

-In a post that is clearly directed towards my wife, John Krasinski sat down with the USA Today to discuss his role in the new movie It's Complicated which co-stars Meryl Streep, Steve Martin, and Alec Baldwin. Vegas has placed the odds at 3 to 2 that the picture on this article will be my wife's new background on her computer.

-People Magazine's issue that is set to hit newsstands tomorrow, will feature its 25 Most Intriguing People of 2009. Notables that are going to be featured on the list are Taylor Swift, Rhianna, Lady Gaga, Kate Gosselin, and of course the Kardashian sisters.

-I will finish out today's post with a hilarious clip from The Tonight Show with Conan O'Brien. Ladies and Gentlemen I present to you, The Mormon Christmas Song!

Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Morning Brew for 12/16

Is it Thursday night yet? I need my Jersey Shore fix!

-In what can only be viewed as a minor upset, I was not voted Time Magazine's Person of the Year. Instead the honor went to Federal Reserve Chairman, Ben Bernanke. In a year where the financial markets dominated the news, Bernanke helped lead the United States economy out of the worst recession since the Great Depression. Interesting to note that this honor comes just a day ahead of a vote scheduled on Capitol Hill on whether or not Bernanke will be given a second 4-year term as Chairman.

-Finally some good news for Tiger Woods. The Associated Press announced this morning that Woods has been voted the Athlete of the Decade. Despite all of the negative press that Woods has garnered in the past 3 weeks, Tiger's performance on the course this decade could not be overlooked. Some of the stats in this article are mind boggling. Lance Armstrong, Roger Federer, Michael Phelps, Tom Brady, and Usain Bolt, were all among the top 6 by members of the AP.

-Domino's Pizza is changing their core pizza recipe. The world's largest pizza delivery company is changing every part of their pie. Despite being the leading seller in pizza's nationwide, Domino's was recently voted (along with Chuck-E-Cheese) as having the worst tasting pizza among leading chains. It is hard to fathom how a company can have the worst tasting pizza, yet still be #1 in sales. Doesn't quite add up to me. Oh well.

-Saab, GM's Swedish car manufacturer, only sold 371 vehicles in November, down over 56% from the same month a year ago. General Motors has announced that if no suitable buyers emerge by the end of the year they plan on shutting down their Saab division.

-The Washington D.C. city council has passed a measure that will legalize same-sex marriage. The bill was passed by an 11-2 margin. While Congress will still need to vote on it, the mayor of D.C. has already said he will sign the bill.

-The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame announced their class of 2010 this morning. Headlining this year's class is ABBA. Despite my constant complaints pleas, Bon Joviwas not inducted this year. Inducting The Hollies before Bon Jovi makes about as much sense as cheating on your Swedish model wife, and leaving a voicemail on your lovers phone with your name on it.

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Morning Brew for 12/15

Let's just pretend that this never happened last night. Let's get on with today's brew...

-The nominees for the 67th Annual Golden Globe awards were announced this morning. Some of my favorites are mixed in. Jeremy Piven is nominated for best supporting actor for his role as Ari Gold on Entourage, which was also nominated for Best Comedy along with The Office. The award show will take place on January 16th.

-Speaking of Golden Globe nominees, the nominee for Best Comedy Movie, The Hangover was released today on DVD. Just do yourself a favor and pick up a copy. It's the best movie of the year, no questions asked.

-Two Wisconsin women received plea deals for charges of super gluing a cheating man's penis to his stomach. Neither woman will spend any time in jail. You know, sometimes the jokes just write themselves.

-In an attempt to prevent anyone who isn't a UNC fan from having any fun, Tar Heels head coach Roy Williams had an opposing fan ejected from a recent North Carolina home game against Presbyterian College. Apparently the fan stood up and cheered for Deon Thompson to miss a free throw which angered the all mighty coach. Numerous reports suggest that the fan, Brian King, did not use any profanities or say anything vulgar, but the thought of someone rooting against the Baby Blue was too much for Williams to handle as he immediately had security remove the fan. Give me a break.

-ESPN has put together their list of the top 25 games of the decade. The slide show highlights some of the most compelling games of the decade. This is a must look for any sports fan. Some great moments indeed.

Monday, December 14, 2009

Morning Brew for 12/14

In what hopefully will become a new Monday tradition, I am going to highlight some of my favorite moments from this past week's episode of Jersey Shore. (BTW, you can click on that link and watch all of the episodes, the perfect time killer at work!)

If you haven't watched the episode, and don't want it spoiled for you please feel free to cruise down to today's links.

The fact that Angelina had that fake cough going all episode was reason enough to kick her out, but being to hungover to work pushed Danny over the edge. SHE GONE! At least she was classy enough to try and start a fight with The Situation on her way out the door.

The love triangle between The Situation, Ronnie, and Sammi escalated this week, and ended up with Ronnie on the dance floor with another woman, and Sammi getting pissed. Somehow I think she will get over it, and they can get back to canoodling in the guest room ASAP.

Oh, Snooki. Between making out with her friend in the jacuzzi, and asking The Situation to do things that are only acceptable in prison, you made your family proud this week.

J-Woww (yes that two W's) broke up with her boyfriend. She then gave us the quote that will excite Guidos all over Jersey for the rest of the season: " the whole world better watch out now that I'm single, because I've been a “Catholic nun” all this time now." Can't wait to see how that turns out!

Final thought: does anyone else find it ironic that they spent a night out a club called "Karma"? Hmmmm.....

OK, on with today's links:

-Tiger Woods announced on his website Friday afternoon that he is taking an indefinite leave from the PGA Tour. Speculation is flying all over the sports radio airwaves as well as blogs about when Woods will return to a sport that so desperately needs him. The biggest issue that no one has mentioned so far? This is the final year of the PGA Tour's TV contract. If Tiger decided to take the entire season off, how will that affect ratings, and how much money will the Tour lose in their contract negotiations? Could be interesting.

-Being from Utah, I am not a huge fan of stereotypes, but I did find this interesting tidbit from the state of West Virginia. In the Mountaineer state, 1 out of 5 babies are born to a mom who used drugs or alcohol during their pregnancy. Oh well! announced its top stars of 2009. Twilight star, Robert Pattinson is the website's #1 celebrity of the year. Obviously this award has nothing to do with good acting, as anyone who has seen New Moon could attest. Sorry wife!

-New York City continues to be the greatest city in the world. On Friday the city unveiled world's largest Menorah in honor of the first night of Hanukkah. Very cool.

Friday, December 11, 2009

Morning Brew for 12/11

Good news, I woke up this morning and it was exactly 0 degrees. Which means that it's time for a new post! I can't believe how cold it has been in Utah this week. You know it's bad that you are excited that it is 14 degrees on your way to the office.

Before we get started just wanted to wish a Happy Hanukkah to everyone who is lighting their first candle tonight.

-I don't know how many of you use Amazon's Kindle, but it really is a first class device. The USA Today ran an article today comparing all of the e-reader devices out there. Pretty interesting stuff, and definitely a must read if you are planning on picking one up for the holiday season.

-Oh, Jersey Shore! While I haven't had a chance to catch last night's all new episode (a full recap will come on Monday), that doesn't mean there is a lack of coverage today. Apparently the Jersey Shore Visitors and Convention Bureau, are not thrilled with how the city is being projected. I'm shocked! I mean, why wouldn't you want to be projected as the Guido capital of the United States? You obviously have some fantastic bars, and t-shirt stores, why wouldn't someone want to travel there? I know I do, I need to get my fist pumping on!

-Planning on grabbing a Frosty from Wendy's on your next trip through Tokyo? Not so fast my friends! The company announced today that it is removing it's 71 restaurants from Japan by as early as the end of the month. No specifics are given in the article, but I'm sure McDonald's long standing tradition in Japan played a large role in the company's decision.

-The man who is accused of making secret video tapes of ESPN's Erin Andrews, is set to plead guilty to interstate stalking charges. Michael Barrett is accused of altering the peep hole in 3 different hotels that Andrews was staying in and secretly taping her in the nude while she was in the "privacy" of her hotel room. He could face up to 5 years in prison and a fine of $250,000.

-The Tiger Woods saga continues to get weirder by the second. ESPN's Bill Simmons, is calling it the story of the decade. I mean can anyone really argue that?


Thursday, December 10, 2009

What, You Thought I Was Kidding?

If you thought I was joking around yesterday about not posting when I wake up and it is below zero, you were sorely mistaken. -2 again this morning when I woke up. Yikes. I will however leave you with this tidbit that I found in this morning's USA Today Corrections and Clarifications Section:

"A December 2nd story about airplane cargo regulations misidentified the gender of Jan Koslosky, who is a man."


Wednesday, December 9, 2009

Are You Kidding Me?

I woke up this morning and it was -2 degrees. If you think I am making a post when it is this cold you are out of your mind. Brrrrr....

Tuesday, December 8, 2009

Deron Williams

This even made the wife say, "oh wow!"

That's how you know it's good.

Morning Brew for 12/8

Snow. FML.

-I broke down some of my favorite parts from MTV's Jersey Shore in yesterday's entry, if you are a true fan of the show (which we all know you are), than you MUST listen to ESPN's BS Report with Bill Simmons. The Sports Guy, and his guest, Dave Jacoby, go in depth on all the "characters" as well as different aspects of the Jersey Shore in general. Truly an amazing 56 minutes of podcast history.

-In a story that no longer surprises anyone, Tiger Woods' mother-in-law was taken by ambulance from Woods' Isleworth home early Tuesday morning. Barbro Holmberg is being listed in stable condition after being transported to Health Central Hospital for stomach pains. Although this seems to just be a coincidence considering what has transpired in Tiger's life the past 2 weeks, I'm sure this will draw more attention than needed over the next 12 hours.

-In other ground breaking reality television news, it seems that beginning on March 15th, 2010, VH1 will air "Basketball Wives" a show featuring wives and girlfriends of NBA players that showcases their lavish lifestyles, all while hoping their spouses are faithful. Shaunie O'Neal, the now ex-wife of Shaquille O'Neal, is listed as an executive producer as well as one of the stars of the show. I wonder how early is too early to set my DVR?

-The results are in for the top selling music, and musicians of the decade. Eminem is at the top of the list for best selling artist of the decade, while The Beatles album "1", is the top selling album narrowly edging out 'N Sync's No Strings Attached. Pretty interesting list that will take you back through the decade of music. Definitely worth checking out.

-Speaking of end of the decade lists, Daniel Powter's, Bad Day has been named the the one hit wonder of the decade. The song gained a huge following as it was featured as the "good-bye" song on American Idol a few years back. There are definitely some classics on this list that will take you back.

Monday, December 7, 2009

My Hero...

I can only imagine what my wife would have done had I busted out my BlackBerry during our wedding. What a classic video. Congrats to the happy couple.

Morning Brew for 12/7

Before I get on with today's Brew, I have to talk about Jersey Shore. What a fantastic entertainment program. I really don't even know where to start. I don't want to spoil anything for anyone who has it on a DVR and hasn't caught it yet, but the fact that nobody in the house calls "Snooki" by her actual nickname and instead settles on "Snickers", and "Snookams" cracked me up. Mike, aka "The Situation" is slowly becoming one of my favorite TV characters of all time. If this guy lived any where else but Staten Island, he seems like he would be a normal dude. But because he wants to be a "guido" he now is selling woman's underwear that say "I love The Situation". Oh, and Pauly D, has a tanning bed in his house. Need I say more? Do yourself a favor and watch the show. DVR it, it will only take you 90 minutes to watch the 2 hour premier and it is certainly worth your time.

Ok, now on with the Brew...

-USA Today ran a great feature on new Nike CEO Mark Parker. As a shoe fanatic I found this article fascinating on so many levels. Parker began his career at Nike as a shoe designer and has worked his way to the top. This is a man who has some big ideas moving forward for the athletic apparel leader.

-In an effort to keep my wife happy, I will also link to this story which features 5 questions with Etsy CEO, Maria Thomas. Etsy is an online marketplace that allows people to sell their homemade goods. I would expand on it, but I have no clue what else it does.

-Moneyball, the book that chronicled Billy Beane's ideas of crafting a baseball team with castoffs from other teams, is being made into a movie. Variety is reporting that Brad Pitt will star as Beane in the Bennett Miller movie. No word yet on a release date.

-Another former WWE wrestler is dead before the age of 40. Edward Fatu, 36, died Friday of a heart attack in Houston. Better known as "Umaga", Fatu joins a list of professional wrestlers who have tragically died before the age of 40. While there are house hearings taking place for the BCS, and for steroid abuse in MLB, when will someone step up and figure out how to stop these pro-wrestler's from dying before having a mid-life crisis? Such a sad story.

Friday, December 4, 2009

Morning Brew for 12/4

I did not get a chance to watch the new MTV series, Jersey Shore last night. But don't you worry, I will be sure to catch the 2-hour premier via my DVR sometime over the weekend. Anyway, onto the real stories of the day.

-The Director of the United States Secret Service, Mark Sullivan, appeared in a house hearing yesterday on Capital Hill to discuss the mistakes the Secret Service made in allowing Tareq, and Michaele Salahi to crash President Obama's first State Dinner last week at the White House. During the hearing Sullivan admitted that the Secret Service made a mistake. He also mentioned that he was relieved that no lives were lost as a result of their mistake. No kidding? Good work Mr. Sullivan!

-Speaking of the Salahi's, I posted a link to this article from the Washington Post yesterday on our Twitter Account, which mentions how Michaele faked her way into a Washington Redskins Cheerleader position. I don't know if this story can get any better.

-In honor of the new George Clooney movie, Up In The Air, USA Today has an in-depth feature on big spending frequent fliers and the treatment they receive from airlines. I don't know why this is so fascinating to me, but for some reason it is. For any of you out there who are close to reaching a certain milestone in your frequent flier program make sure to give this article a glance.

-The United States Jobless Rate has dipped to 10 percent in November. This can only mean good things for a blog dedicated to getting people through their work day, right? I mean you are telling your co-workers about us, aren't you?

That's it for today. Remember you can always e-mail me if you stumble across a link you'd like to share. You will receive full credit. Hope everyone has a great weekend!

Thursday, December 3, 2009

Top 10 NBA Dunks from November

I figured this deserved it's own post. Mainly because Greg Oden gets dunked on in 3 of the 10.

Morning Brew for 12/3

I'm too cold to think of anything entertaining to start today's post, let's just get on with it.

-Media giant, Comcast, is set to purchase NBC Universal from General Electric for a whopping $37.25 billion. Some questions still need to be answered by an anti-trust regulators, and Congress still have some questions with the deal, but don't expect this one to get held up for long.

-The 2010 Grammy Nominations were announced last night during a live concert event. Beyonce and Taylor Swift led the way with 10, and 8 nominations respectively. Lady Gaga was given 5 nominations. Rock and Roll Hall of Fame snubs (thus far), Bon Jovi, were nominated for Pop Duo or Group With Vocals. Bank on it.

-The Tiger Woods story continues. According to this MSNBC report it seems Tiger and his wife Elin are receiving “intense marriage counseling”. While speculation continues to fly, there are still no solid reports saying whether or not the couple has a prenuptial agreement. Reportedly Mrs. Woods is being payed a 7-figure salary to remain as Mrs. Woods. Not a bad gig if you can get it.

-This is nice. A 72-year old Wal-Mart greeter just outside of Pittsburgh, was punched in the face by a 55-year old. According to the story the attack appeared to be unprovoked. You stay classy Pennslyvanaia.

-Big props to the New Jersey Nets as they set the record for the worst start in NBA history last night, losing to the Mavs 117-101. I'm sure the Russian Billionaire who is set to purchase the club is thrilled with his potential investment.

Pretty slow day for links today. As the day goes on I will try and get some good ones to post on the Twitter Account. As always you can follow us on Twitter, and also see what gets posted on the right side of this page.

Wednesday, December 2, 2009

Morning Brew for 12/2

-OHHHHHHHH Tiger! In both entries so far this week I told you that the Tiger Woods situation was about to blow up. Well, boom goes the dynamite. I am finding it hard to believe that someone who is as well known as Tiger would honestly think that if he had an affair that the woman would keep it a secret. Does he not understand that women are crazy? Woods did post a statement on his website today that apologized for his transgressions. Smooth.

-Who throws a shoe, honestly? Well it seems that famed Iraqi shoe thrower, Muntadhar al-Zeidi, has tasted his own medicine. While making an appearance in Paris the TV Journalist dodged the copy cat attempt, and then joked that "he stole my technique".

-President Obama rolled out his plan for Afghanistan in an address to the nation last night. Obama announced that the will be sending 30,000 additional troops overseas, with some being deployed as early as this month. The announcement also came with a plan to remove troops from Afghanistan by July 2011.

-Has anyone seen my resume? I need to send it to Rihanna to apply to be her pool guy. Thanks.

-If you have spent any time in Las Vegas over the past 5 years you were sure to notice the construction of the City Center. Well, more than 10,000 workers blood, sweat, and tears are about to pay off. The City Center's Vdara was unveiled yesterday. 1,500 more hotel rooms are now available on the Las Vegas strip. The $8.5 billion development will be opened in phases throughout the next few months.

-The now, former Executive Director of the Major League Baseball Players Association, Donald Fehr, admitted in a USA Today interview that he regrets the 1994 player's strike and the canceling of the World Series. Um... on behalf of all baseball fans around the country, so do we Don, so do we.

Tuesday, December 1, 2009

Morning Brew for 12/1

Today is World Aids Day. To find out how you can help fight the disease check out this link.

-Yesterday I mentioned how more and more would be coming out in the Tiger Woods single car accident story. Well the alleged "other woman", Rachel Uchitel, gave an exclusive interview to the NY Post. Great reading here, and I have to say that I totally believe her. It's amazing what people will say when they are offered $25,000 by a tabloid magazine.

-Thinking of texting a link to 8 Hours To Kill on Twitter? Well if you are in North Carolina, or Colorado that is now illegal. You're welcome Bernal family.

-President Barack Obama will address the nation tonight at 6 PM (MST) to discuss the sending of 30,000 more troops to Afghanistan. Just a hunch, but I've got a feeling you will be able to find this on your TV. If not will be carrying it live.

-Former NBA player, Antoine Walker, has agreed to pay back over $900,000 to three different Las Vegas casinos. Walker owes the money for writing bad checks to the casinos. He will pay $13,000 per month over five years according to the agreement. Walker's story is well worth a read.

-In the first Cyber Monday that 8 Hours To Kill posted deals on Twitter, sales were up 11%. Coincidence? I'll let you decide.

-The late Michael Jackson has replaced Britney Spears as Yahoo's Most Searched Person in 2009. Spears had been number one on the list for the past 4 years. I find it odd that two of the ten are things that I have never heard of.

-New York Yankees shortstop, Derek Jeter, has been named Sports Illustrated's Sportsman of the Year. The Yankees captain helped lead the Bronx Bombers to the 2009 World Series Championship while having his best offensive year in recent memory. Jeter was also awarded the Gold Glove for American League Shortstops. While the Sportsman of the Year award is obviously an athletic award, what Jeter has done with his Turn 2 Foundation should not be overlooked.