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Modern Family: Baby on Board – Season Finale

KIP MOONEY: Now that’s a season finale! If only the Modern Family writers could churn out scripts like this. This season especially has shown their tendency to peak around holidays and sweeps and coast the rest of the time. But…

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Modern Family: Week 5 in Review

KIP MOONEY: Misdirection. It’s a form of comedy that, if done well, puts you in an elite group with the Marx Brothers, Mel Brooks, and the ZAZ team. While I don’t know if I’d necessarily call tonight’s episode “time capsule comedy,” it certainly used misdirection at series-best level. When it’s all said and done, this is probably going to be one of the top 10 episodes ever produced.

Agree here with Kip- excellent use of guest stars (though poor Jennifer Tilly has not aged well.)
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Modern Family: Week 4 in Review

KIP MOONEY: I don’t know if I’d go on the record as saying this was one of Modern Family’s best episodes. I will go on the record as saying this had the most laughs per minute for me since “Good…

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Texas A&M and the SEC

CHRIS PUMMER: As they say, the grass is always greener. That’s how Texas A&M feels about trying to move from the Big 12 to the SEC. And maybe if the grass isn’t, the money just might be. Continue reading

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In Briefs: Non-Alcoholic Wine

JESSICA BADER: So, I was making my once-every-couple-of-months trip to Food Emporium (pfft, keeping food in the fridge is for non-New Yorkers) to stock up on seltzer, and they had this whole big display of non-alcoholic wine. Isn’t that just…grape juice? The whole point of wine is that it doesn’t start to taste good until the second glass, because by then you’re buzzed from the first glass. Right?

MOLLY SCHOEMANN: Jessica, I hear you – my solution to the Wine Problem is that I only drink wine that tastes more like juice than anything else: Chardonnays, Rieslings, Pinot Grigio for white, Cabernets and Pinot Noirs for reds. I don’t like dry wine. I want my wine to taste as close to a Capri Sun as possible, so I was thrilled when rose wines started coming into style, even if it was ironically. Continue reading

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Essays For Hire

MOLLY SCHOEMANN: Although I have found myself suffering through some pretty staggering assignments in high school and college (ask me about my junior year term paper on Russian Futurist poets, or the ten page paper I wrote freshman year of college about Anna Karenina’s hair), it has never occurred to me to outsource my labor writing papers by paying someone else to write them. Continue reading

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Fat Talk

MOLLY SCHOEMANN: I love the idea of “Fat Talk Free Week” on college campuses. Not only is such talk destructive, but it is also profoundly boring. I am grateful that I have somehow managed to escape having the kinds of girlfriends who enjoy bemoaning how much they weigh and how they look in their clothes.

DANI ALEXIS RYSKAMP: Time’s recent article on banning “fat talk” has a hilarious title, but a questionable premise. Sure, it’s great that groups of women are bonding over self-censorship and all that, but it raises the question: what will these moratoria on fat talk do to our nation’s waistline? Continue reading

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LSU-Florida: What We Learned

KRYSTEN OLIPHANT: I have to say I was completely shocked by the fact that LSU even won that game, much less that they won it the way they did. And maybe Les Miles finally took back the play-calling duties from his clown of an offensive coordinator, Gary Crowton. After all, the Tigers’ offense did finally get moving to the tune of 385 total offensive yards — outgaining Florida by 42 yards — and they were in the game the whole time despite several stupid penalties and turnovers. The fake punt he pulled out at the end of the game wasn’t anything too surprising, considering it’s the same one he ran against South Carolina in 2007, and the last-ditch pass into the corner of the end zone was very reminescent of the win against Auburn that same year.

SHANNON MCCARTHY: If there’s one lesson to be taken after the Tigers stomped on the F in the Swamp, it’s that the Mad Hatter still has his lucky horseshoe firmly in place.

Well, that and maybe Florida should have kept those orange jerseys tucked away a bit longer.

Another thing this game made painfully clear is that their play in the season opener was not the anomaly for the Gators – that distinction instead goes to the Kentucky game. Aside from that one contest, Florida’s offense, especially in the first half, has been a mix between a complete mess and a complete bore. Continue reading

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Women and NFL Attire

KRYSTEN OLIPHANT:As someone who grew up owning at least two different T-shirts representing all of my favorite teams, I’m glad to see there’s some variety being put out there.

AKIE BERMISS: I find it kind of strange that its taken the NFL this long to put real effort into making good team apparel for women. Like Krysten, I find logos and words written across the butt to be alarmingly crass (I can’t imagine why anyone who wasn’t a stripper would want to wear a pair of pants that say “Juicy” across the butt!), but I do think there is something to be said for making something a little more… perhaps the word I’m trying to avoid is: feminine.

NAVA BRAHE: The first time I remember seeing a pink NFL t-shirt was my first semester of graduate school. It was 2002, and I was beginning the second leg of my “adult” education at Hofstra University. At the first meeting of one of my classes, I noticed a cute, petite blonde girl sporting a fitted pink New York Jets t-shirt; and a diamond engagement ring the size of a marble. She seemed nice enough, and I didn’t give it a second thought. It wasn’t until later that same day when I ran into the Chair of the English department, and was asked, “Is Wayne Chrebet’s wife in class with you?” My answer was, “Yeah, I guess she was the one in the pink Jets t-shirt.”

SHANNON MCCARTHY: It used to be you didn’t have very many options for team apparel if you were female; you could go for a larger men’s jersey or you could opt for the largest youth size, but either way, you were getting a dress, and not an attractive one either. When retailers finally came out with jerseys and shirts that were more fitted for the female form, it seemed these only came in pink (or if not pink, baby blue). Why is that? Continue reading

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Life During/After College

MOLLY SCHOEMANN: Now more than ever, the line between adolescence and adulthood is extremely blurry. At this point the post-college lifestyle is likely to be in many ways similar to the college lifestyle. (Or even the pre-college lifestyle, for graduates who then move back home.) This lengthening in recent years of the hazy, responsibility-free period of young-adulthood has made it less likely for recent graduates to wax nostalgic about their college years.

DANI ALEXIS RYSKAMP: I lived on campus, in a dorm across the street from the Arts and Sciences building, all four years of college, and I loved it for any number of reasons. Five-minute walk to class. An even shorter walk to the library and the cafeterias. A private room (this was one of the perks of the Honors college). All my best friends living on the same floor or, at most, a flight of stairs below me. My life was wonderfully well-compacted and well-organized, and I missed that structure terribly when I got out into The Adult World(TM) and had to start dealing with simple things like commuting to work and making my own dinner.

STEPHON JOHNSON: Depending on your experiences, it’s natural to miss your college years. But we’re not the only ones responsible for creation of the college-nostalgia monster. Continue reading

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