In MullerOver headquarters, our writing staff was feeling listless. So, never to waste a good pun nor opportunity to not really write a post, our writers put together the definitive list of definitive lists of all time.
TV Guide’s 50 Greatest TV Shows of All Time
May 10, 2002
Few around today would quarrel with TV Guide’s list of best shows including the “show about nothing”. What we can’t quite figure out though is how they could possibly have overlooked ALF.
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Buffalo Bills fans know disappointment in the past, and a perpetual, sometimes irrational optimism for the future. But all those Sunday afternoons of heartbreak has made Western New York the most well rounded, insightful human beings in the world. Thanks Ralph Wilson!
So, as a service to all those people from elsewhere in the country without the benefit of having known real wings and garbage plates, here’s a short primer of what we’ve learned that can be applied to anyone.
- Be Humble. Buffalo fans know better than to gloat over a win, because next week, we could be losing to the Colts. No, really. It could happen. Read more »
Today, the Union Cycliste International (UCI) banned Lance Armstrong from racing and stripped him of all titles. In an effort to to completely wipe those seven years from 41-year-old Armstrong’s life, UCI further recommend that he be forced to remarry his former wife Sheryl Crowe, that he return all Christmas gifts received between 1999 and 2006, and that he now be legally 34-years old.
A MullerOver exclusive photo of Obama, Armstrong, and Romney
OK – we sort of exaggerated that last part, but it’s not far from the impact felt by Armstrong. According to the evidence that the governing bodies say they have, Armstrong unquestionably cheated. It was the equivalent of finding an engine installed in the frame of his bike. And assuming the allegations are true, stripping him of those titles is exactly the right call. Read more »
We’re defined by moments. Decisions we make in the various circumstances in life.
This week, the name Greece Athena has been on every news channel. Four middle-school bullies tormented a 68-year-old bus monitor named Karen Klein, and then uploaded to the evidence to YouTube with hopes that it would be picked up across the Internet. A world was rightfully horrified and some scoffed at Athena and wondered if the whole school was represented by those four kids.
If that’s what you think, you don’t know Athena. Read more »
Honor is a hard term to describe. It doesn’t have a color or weight or shape. If someone were to ask me what honor looked like, I’d probably struggle with what to say.
But something happened on May 23, 2012 at 9:31 a.m. at Gate 38 of Reagan National Airport that might change that. A flash mob of sorts broke out. But not like you’ve seen on YouTube with highly choreographed dance numbers or people singing a song in unison. In fact, virtually all of the participants of this “flash mob” didn’t know they would be participating until moments before it happened. Read more »
Ok – the title of this blog post is not technically correct. March Madness doesn’t make us stupid. We already are. The historic tournament just hits us over the head with the ignorance stick.
Every year, hundreds of millions of NCAA March Madness brackets are filled out, and in each case, we as authors are certain that they’re correct. We can feel it in our bones – like an old guy with a bad case of gout. We have visions of an ESPN reporter showing up at our house after the Championship game to figure out how we could foretell 63 games with perfection.
And it takes about four hours into the tournament to realize that we really have no idea. We’re clueless at a Snooki-from-Jersey Shore level. And we’re left sitting in the corner wallowing in our stupidity .
But here’s my question …
Why that can’t we take March-Madness humility into the rest of life? Read more »
Joseph Kony is having a very bad week. And somewhere on a top floor in Manhattan, some media executives may have also realized they’re having a bad week for very different reasons. And they both have to do with this thing called “social media”.
Ask someone what Social Media is about, and they’ll probably say it’s how they keep in touch with friends. Or a way to follow celebrities, share videos of talking dogs or watch cute kids after going to the dentist.
But somehow, it seemed like it could be more. It seemed like it should be more.
And this week, among the growing social media clatter, someone got it. A code broken. People rising in one voice, and an African tyrant surely is wondering how he just got called out – not by a giant media company, but one guy with a YouTube and Twitter account.
It all started when film maker, Jason Russell, sent this tweet with a link to YouTube on March 5 at 5:35 p.m.
Simple and uneventful enough. Like pushing a baseball-sized snowball off the peak of a snow-covered mountain. But then it happened.
It was retweeted. And favorited. And posted. And forwarded. And then people didn’t just send to their followers. They sent to influencers. Celebrities with giant followings. Like Oprah and Justin Bieber big. Tim Tebow and Angelina Jolie. Read more »
We’re fully in the swing of the Republican Primary season, and our research staff has been poring through the results to accurately predict the winner. Based on our extensive research of the candidates, experience and positions on key policies, we’ve found that the best indicator of political success is a ridiculous first name and somewhat recognizable, two syllable last name. Due new rules from Sarbanes Oxley, HIPAA, SOPA, and the NFL, we’ve decided to proactively make our research results public. So, below is our ultra-scientific analysis of the candidates, followed by the indisputable winner this year.
Newt Gingrich. Not long ago, the mention of his name would have caused children and adults alike to giggle. His name has a subliminal message of things that Republican voters like including “New and Rich”. But, our testing has also found less desirable sounds including “Ewww” and “Itch”. Read more »
If there’s anything that defines Americans, we’d like to say “ingenuity”, and this first week of 2012 was a showcase of just that.
The week started with nearly a billion people around the world watching New Year’s Eve coverage of Times Square. The anticipation was palpable. Not if the ball will drop or if an unusually tan Dick Clark would awkwardly banter with Seacrest, but how exactly they’ll make novelty glasses out of that year’s digits. From 2000-2009, the glasses designers frankly got lazy, but from 2010 until now, we’re making them work for their money. And, this year, the designers again showed that a 1 can be just as oval as a 0.
Then on Tuesday, as a quaint American custom we like to pretend that the Iowa caucus means something. In reality, it’s a giant, state-wide PTA meeting gone wrong. The nation was amazed that there was only eight votes between first and second place. Then again, only 12 people voted so it really was a landslide victory. But since the state has a remarkable track record of choosing who won’t eventually win the party’s nomination, both Romney and Santorum’s campaigns argued vehemently that the other candidate won. Read more »
To date, there are dozens of lists of the “Top Stories of 2011″, adding to the mental clutter in our heads. As a public service this year, the MullerOver staff spent the week debating the least important, most overhyped stories of 2011. In other words, the ones that you should feel free to delete from your mental hard drive.
10. Charlie Sheen. His career crashed and burned in a spectacular light show seen around the world. Next time, we should try timing these collapses better around July 4 so we can save money on expensive fireworks.
9. The Republican Primaries. There’s nothing that instills less confidence in a system than seeing a dozen presidential candidates placating four families in a corn field. We’re pretty sure the only one who came out ahead from the laughable primary system is President Obama. And maybe Sarah Palin for side stepping the circus. Read more »