CultureCow: It’s Always Sunny in Wellington

first_imgThis week marks the much-anticipated return of one of the greatest comedies in modern TV history, It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia.  It’s Always Sunny lived in obscurity for most of its existence until the last few years when it finally broke into the main stream to everyone’s enormous pleasure.The serialized plot revolves around the same five characters, known as the gang, as they hatch a scheme to some evil ends until their infighting and lack of discipline eventually collapses on each other and ruins everything.  It’s like a traditional sitcom, except the main characters are all terrible people in their own specific and special way.  Sunny also achieved cult classic status because each episode usually carries a hidden level of meaning just below the surface, whether it be a social critique or a thinly veiled statement about TV-writing itself.It’s that reputation for double-meaning that made season 13’s opener such a stellar way to kick off the year.  With the title “The Gang Makes Paddy’s (the name of the bar the show takes place at) Great Again,” you’d be expecting some great synthesis of the toxic political culture we live in, or perhaps even a Donald Trump like character to enter the story. Instead, the gang subverts everyone’s expectations and does an entire episode dealing with the departure of co-star and co-writer, Glenn Howerton’s exit from the show at season 12’s finale.  It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia is the last breath of inventive concepts on cable TV and each season proves the gang hasn’t run out of steam and condenses their formula into tighter scripts and more self-aware plot lines year after year.  There are rumors that Sunny is trying to break the record of 15 seasons for longest running comedy and live action sitcom so if we’re all lucky the gang isn’t going anywhere any time soon. 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Thank you for your input. +1 Vote up Vote down aleaves 26p · 96 weeks ago I love It’s Always Sunny and its ability to subvert cultural expectations! I still feel so sad about Mac Miller even now. He was gone way too soon. I relate to him with the struggle with purple drank I just wish he could have made it out. 🙁 Report Reply 0 replies · active 96 weeks ago Post a new comment Enter text right here! Comment as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments Comments by IntenseDebate Enter text right here! 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Tweet this comment Cancel Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments In these articles, I’ve written about Michelle Wolf, Colin Kaepernick, and a number of other controversial people, but there might be none more divisive than the man who released another album this week: Russ.  His fans love him, his critics love to hate him, but one thing’s for sure Russ is here to stay after finally proving himself to be a bankable artist by reaching #2 in rap album sales (few can dethrone Slim Shady) in the opening week of his new album Zoo.If you haven’t been following the embattled life of the young man, Russ is a self-made artist who rejects traditional means of success and the traditional style that defines most new rappers.  Instead of gangbanging and trap slanging, Russ turned to his softer side and raps about relationship troubles and the challenges of becoming your own brand of artist and producing all your own music, all the while dealing with the massive hate coming from all sides.Whether you think he’s soft or not (hot take: he is), even the haters need to admit that he has flow and a real knack in making beats.  I have the utmost respect for people like Tyler the Creator or Kanye West (well maybe that’s a bad example…) that can entirely craft their own music from beat to bar and Russ has firmly cemented himself in that caliber of craftsmen.  There’s nothing wrong with being soft as long as you have talent and he has that in spades.center_img Have you ever heard of Mitski?  Would it surprise you that she’s an acclaimed Japanese-American indie-rock artist with an impressive 5-album resume? If you answered yes to the former and no to the latter than feel free to skip this portion of the article because you already know what I’m gonna say, but for everyone else (like me) whose answers were flipped, stick around because I might just introduce you to your new favorite artist.Mitski is a petite, polite woman I first saw interviewing with Trevor Noah on the Daily Show about her new album Be the Cowboy.  Her humor and personality are infectious and she seems like a true artist that really cares about what her music represents as well as how it sounds.  In Be the Cowboy, she is trying to re-appropriate the feelings of pride and defiance of the Malboro Man and the Sam Elliots of the world for all races and genders.  Her album takes those perceptions and boils them down into tiny morsels of sound that anyone and everyone can appreciate.Most of the songs on the album top out at around two minutes so each one of them seems more like a lingering thought or passing feeling than a full-fledged idea Mitski is pushing onto you.  The entire album is just over 30 minutes so it’s really impressive the amount of feeling and sound she can pack into the short time.  Her style is unique in its pairing of piano, guitar, and synthesizers that give her songs a smooth and tempered identity like an electric-hymnal.  Take a chance on Be the Cowboy and you just might surprise yourself.Finally, we once again have to say goodbye to a musical superstar, Mac Miller who overdosed this week at 26.  Mac was important to so many people, not only for the music he made, but for all the people he introduced to the genre.  Many people never took a chance on rap until they heard the kid from Pittsburgh on the track and it’s a real shame that he’s gone so soon.Meme of the weekI unfortunately can’t look at every meme that dominates the internet every week, so if you see a meme and think it should be the meme of the week please send it to: SumnerCultureCow@gmail.comIf you disagree with my analysis, have a grievance or any other complaint please visit hereFollow us on Facebook.Follow us on Twitter.last_img read more

Detroit Mercy’s Davis breaks Curry’s freshman 3-point record

first_imgBy today DETROIT (AP) — Antoine Davis dribbled slowly past midcourt, went toward the right sideline and created space from the defender with a jab step to the right before putting the ball between his legs to his left and stepping back for a 30-foot shot.Swish .The Detroit Mercy guard broke Stephen Curry’s freshman 3-point record with the high-arcing shot from deep on the right wing early in the second half of an 87-85 win over IUPUI on Thursday night. “I couldn’t help but smile,” Davis said at a postgame news conference. “I was trying to keep my composure with crowd clapping and the standing ovation.“The feeling is unreal.”The no-doubt shot was No. 123 beyond the arc this season, surpassing the mark Curry set at Davidson 12 years ago.“I’ve heard about him, yeah,” said Curry, who wasn’t aware earlier this week he was still holding the Division I record for 3-pointers made by a freshman. “Records are meant to be broken, for sure.”Davis’ feat was celebrated briefly in front of just 1,786 witnesses at Calihan Hall, where the public-address announcer informed the crowd that history was made while a graphic was shown on the video boards to recognize Curry’s record was broken.Detroit Mercy head coach Mike Davis talks to his guard Antoine Davis, his son, during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game against IUPUI, Thursday, Feb. 28, 2019, in Detroit. Davis tied and broke Steph Curry’s NCAA record for 3-point baskets by a freshman. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)“I was nervous for him the last two weeks,” said Titans coach Mike Davis, sitting alongside his son at the postgame news conference.The 6-foot-1 guard matched Curry’s mark with a 3-pointer in the first half.Davis finished 7 of 20 from the field, 4 of 12 on 3-pointers and had six assists, including one to set up Josh McFolley’s go-ahead 3-pointer with 45.5 secondsMcFolley scored 25 points for the Titans (11-18, 8-9 Horizon League) who will have to win their conference tournament championship in Detroit to make the NCAA Tournament with a team Davis scrambled to put together after he was hired last summer .“We signed 10 guys after Aug. 24,” Davis said. “School started Aug. 27.”The former Indiana coach, who led the Hoosiers to the 2002 Final Four, did not have to use one of his scholarships for his son because his father-in law-set had a college fund set up for him.“If you don’t use it for college, you get taxed,” he said.Mike Davis said college coaches expected him to coach his son at Texas Southern, cooling interest in him as a three-star prospect. The Cougars, Arkansas-Little Rock, Stephen F. Austin, Nevada, according to Antoine Davis. His father said Cal State Bakersfield, UTEP and Colorado State also showed interest.No one saw this coming.Davis is averaging 26 points with teams face-guarding him without the ball and double-teaming him with it. He has made a freshman-record 125 3-pointers on 324 attempts, connecting on 39 percent. And, he’s playing 37-plus minutes per game.“He has trained hard over the last four or five years for this moment,” his father said.Antoine Davis was home-schooled from the seventh grade through high school and his father set him up with former NBA coach and player John Lucas to work on his game in Houston.A lot.“I trained three or four times a day,” Antoine Davis said. “I took Sundays off and sometimes Saturdays, too. It prepared me to fight through fatigue and got my mind a lot stronger.”The hard work has paid off, putting him in the same breath this week with one of the game’s greats.“It’s an honor to be in mentioned in same sentence as Stephen Curry,” he said. “But, I still have a lot to learn.”___AP Basketball Writer Tim Reynolds in Miami contributed to this report.___Follow Larry Lage at AP college basketball coverage: Detroit Mercy guards Antoine Davis, left, and Lamar Hamrick (21) greet each other after the team’s 87-85 win over IUPUI in an NCAA college basketball game, Thursday, Feb. 28, 2019, in Detroit. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)last_img read more

Alleged assault on public transport

first_imgBy Mitchell Clarke Police are on the hunt for a man in relation to an alleged sexual assault incident which occurred earlier this…[To read the rest of this story Subscribe or Login to the Gazette Access Pass] Thanks for reading the Pakenham Berwick Gazette. Subscribe or Login to read the rest of this content with the Gazette Digital Access Pass subscription.last_img

Mexico, Bolivia booed off after 0-0 draw at Copa

first_imgBy Gideon LongMexico and Bolivia were booed off the pitch after playing out a drab goalless draw in their opening match of the Copa America on Friday, leaving hosts Chile top of Group A after the first round of matches.Bolivia hit the post through Ricardo Pedriel with their first real attack, and Mexican stiker Raul Jimenez should have scored after the break with a close range header, but otherwise neither side created much in the way of clear-cut chances.The Mexicans also had a penalty appeal turned down late on after Javier Aquino went down under pressure from Alejandro Pinedo.While on balance a draw looked to be a fair result, it was greeted by whistles and boos at the Sausalito stadium in Vina del Mar at the final whistle.Mexico have never defeated Bolivia at the Copa America in three attempts, though they have beaten them in each of their nine encounters in other competitions and friendlies.The Mexicans now face Chile in Santiago on Monday while Bolivia meet Ecuador in Valparaiso on the same day.Chile beat Ecuador 2-0 in the tournament opener on Thursday.“We know that Chile are coming off the back of a victory that will give them a bit of confidence, and they have some quality players, but so do we, and we’re going to work hard to beat them,” Mexico striker Jesus Corona said.After two slightly disappointing matches on the opening two days, the Copa is expected to come to life over the weekend when favourites Brazil and Argentina, along with defending champions Uruguay, all open their accounts.Uruguay face Jamaica in Antofagasta on Saturday, Argentina take on Paraguay in La Serena the same day and Brazil meet Peru in Temuco on Sundaylast_img read more

Giroud nets hat-trick as Chelsea breeze into next round

first_imgOlivier Giroud plundered a hat-trick as Chelsea marched into the Europa League quarter-finals with a 5-0 victory over Dynamo Kiev in Ukraine.The 2013 winners were relentless as they extended their aggregate lead to 8-0 with the Frenchman taking his tally in this season’s competition to nine goals in as many games.Giroud needed less than five minutes to extend his side’s 3-0 first-leg advantage with a tap-in after Willian’s corner had been flicked on, and he doubled his tally 12 minutes before the break when he converted Marcos Alonso’s inviting cross.Alonso himself put the visitors in total control with a third on the stroke of half-time and Giroud completed his treble as he headed Willian’s 59th-minute free-kick past goalkeeper Denys Boyko before Callum Hudson-Odoi rounded off the win late on.Goncalo Guedes emerged from the bench in Russia to rescue Valencia with an injury-time goal as Krasnodar came within seconds of a famous victory.Fellow substitute Shapi Suleymanov looked to have blasted the Champions League drop-outs out of the competition with an 85th-minute strike, but Guedes’ equaliser three minutes into added time made it 3-2 on aggregate.Italian outfit Napoli survived a concerted fightback as they went through despite losing 3-1 at Red Bull Salzburg.Arkadiusz Milik extended the visitors’ aggregate lead to 4-0 with a close-range 14th-minute finish, although Salzburg were level on the night within 11 minutes when Munas Dabour fired home.The Austrian champions, who went into the game undefeated in 17 European fixtures on their own ground, gave themselves hope when substitute Fredrik Gulbrandsen struck with 25 minutes remaining but although Christoph Leitgeb reduced the deficit further in stoppage time, Napoli held on for a 4-3 aggregate win.last_img read more

West: Zimbabwe another chance for development

first_img Played brilliantly HARARE, Zimbabwe (CMC): Head coach Graeme West is expecting another tough series when the West Indies Under-19s square off against their Zimbabwe counterparts in three Youth One-Day Internationals starting here today. The Young Windies are fresh from a 3-2 series win over South Africa U19s last week after pulling off a dramatic two-run victory in Wednesday’s decisive fifth game in Durban. West said that more significant than winning was the chance for the Caribbean lads to continue their build-up towards next January’s Under-19 World Cup in New Zealand. “Zimbabwe have played a lot of cricket. They’ve been very active in the last six months,” the Englishman told CMC Sports. “They’ve played in South Africa, and once they play against us, I think they’re off to Australia, so they will be very tough opponents in their conditions. “It will be another test, but more important, another opportunity for the guys to play three more international games of cricket and continue their education.” The Windies side showed plenty promise on the tour of South Africa, where they played brilliantly at key moments of the series. Kirstan Kallicharan and Keagan Simmons both shone with centuries, while Bhaskar Yadram struck two half-centuries in compiling 205 runs to clinch the Man-of-the-Series honour. While there were few standouts in the bowling area, West applauded the team effort, where everyone was forced to contribute on pitches that offered precious little for the Windies talented front-line spinners. “Looking at them (pitches), it was very difficult to work out, initially, how they were going to play because they actually looked quite green but firm,” West explained. “There was some carry and pace for the quick bowlers early on. [There was] very little for the spinners – very little assistance in all five games, so it [wasn’t] easy for spinners to really impose themselves on the matches.” Conditions here are expected to be different from those in South Africa, posing new challenges for both the batting and bowling units.last_img read more

Kompany expects three-way title battle

first_img0Shares0000MANCHESTER, September 23-Manchester City skipper Vincent Kompany believes there will be three teams battling it out for the Premier League crown this season.Kompany is confident his own side will be in the mix as the season draws to a close, along with Chelsea and Arsenal. The Citizens currently trail the table-topping Blues by five points, while are four points shy of Jose Mourinho’s men.However, Kompany feels there could well be a reshuffle at the top of the pile when the number of fixtures intensifies in December and January.“It is not fair to call it at the moment,” said Kompany.“First of all we are not even close to Chelsea yet (in the table). Secondly, I have seen good things from Chelsea but I have seen maybe better things from Arsenal so I guess it will all be about consistency and, with the Champions League, it will get messy around December.“It is too early to call. Five points is nothing but Chelsea have five points more than us, it is as simple as that.“But it will get messy in December and January as it always does – or at least the last six years I have been here it has.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Trevor Bolin running for another term

first_imgHe says he wants to continue making the changes he set out to three years ago. “The feedback I’ve heard is that those changes are widely accepted and there’s more work to do. We can’t stop now, we’ve got things going on the track and we need to keep on going and keep on working.” That includes maintaining the fiscal responsibility and management he believes council has shown over the past three years in keeping services going and taxes where they are, even if that means tweaking some spending.- Advertisement – As the owner of real estate agencies in Chetwynd, Dawson Creek and Fort St. John, Bolin thinks his business background gives him a bit of an edge on council. He says he’s able to bring a perspective on land and leasing perspectives, and how they could potentially save money. “We need to look at what we have before we look at how much money we spend. That’s one of the biggest thing we’ve done these past three years and we need to keep on that same path of ensuring the services, the funding and the families are always there and always going to be here.”Advertisement Regardless of who makes up next year’s council, Bolin says they need to come together to work towards a common goal. He says it’s not a right to be on council, it’s a privilege. There are currently four other people in the running for spots as councillors, including two other current councillors, a school board trustee and a theatre manager. Those interested in running have until Friday, October 14  to hand in their nominations.last_img read more

Ronaldo to make sensational return to Man United? Spanish football expert on Real Madrid star’s future

first_imgGraham Hunter has backed claims Cristiano Ronaldo is unhappy with Real Madrid president Florentino Perez and is considering his future.Ramon Calderon, ex-president of Real, told talkSPORT on Monday that the former Manchester United winger is ‘fed up’ at the Bernabeu and could be in line for a sensational return to Old Trafford.Hunter has now added further weight to reports Ronaldo could be on the move, revealing the 29-year-old was upset by Angel di Maria’s departure and is questioning the ambition of Perez.Speaking on the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast, the Spanish football expert said: “He was upset that [Angel] Di Maria was sold. They are in the same type of chaos they were 12 months ago, irrespective of how Carlo Ancelotti put it right. I think it is understandable that he is looking around with his agent and I would stress the relationship between Perez and Jorge Mendes, Cristiano Ronaldo’s agent, is not the best at the moment.“There is a culmination of circumstances which means they are beginning to look around. It doesn’t mean automatically next summer he will join Manchester United. But he is in the power seat, he is a number one footballer and he is right to be saying, ‘do Real Madrid share my ambitions’ and I would say, right now, the president doesn’t.”last_img read more

Liverpool BLOW? Reds striker target Gabriel Barbosa ‘happy’ at Inter Milan

first_img Liverpool target Gabriel Barbosa The agent of Liverpool target Gabriel Barbosa has insisted that his client is happy at Inter Milan, amid reports he is set to leave the San Siro.The Brazilian has played barely 20 minutes since joining Inter in a massive £26million move this summer from Santos, when he was also being courted by Juventus.“There’s nothing new to report,” agent Wagner Ribeiro told Fantagazzetta. “I’ve spoken to Inter and there are no important developments.”Speculation has been rife of a loan move to Fiorentina, who would certainly give the Brazilian more playing time.The 20-year-old has found himself marginalized by the likes of Antonio Candreva and Eder, to name two players.And Ribeiro claimed that it was “natural that some teams are interested, we’re talking about a player who is [far] above the average in his age range”.“Gabriel is happy at Inter, he really wanted to come here and establish himself. The whole club trusts him. It’s normal that he would need to play more to show his indisputable qualities, but he’s working hard day-by-day”. 1last_img read more