Friday The 13th
It's Friday the 13th, and starts off unlucky for Billy... he's screening phone calls today and is being harrassed by the homeless drag queen Falexis calling in drunk repeatly.
Wease talks about going to Tony D's for dinner last night and meeting some hockey players from the Lake Erie Monsters, who are playing the Amerks outside at Frontier Field this weekend. This leads to a discussion of why these pros would want to play outside in the freezing cold.
Wease With Sports
Tools and Harry are both busy down at WHAM today, so Wease is showing his sports knowledge.
The Chargers upset Peyton Manning and the Broncos 27-20 in Thursday Night Football. This didn't surprise Wease, who thought of betting on San Diego.
There was a quadruple stabbing outside the stadium in Denver after the game last night, which leads to a discussion of violence among douchebag sports fans, and how it's become more common.
Seahawks Pro-Bowl QB Russell Wilson was drafted as a baseball player by the Texas Rangers.
Kobe Bryant and NFL Legend Jim Brown are trading shots about "culture".
Marshall Fine Film Reviews
Marsh is currently in Dubai for the Dubai Film Festival, and his phone connection is way better than someone calling from the expressway in Rochester.
The Hobbit: The Desolation Of Smaug... It's the second part of Peter Jackson's unnecessarily long Hobbit trilogy, with the dwarves and Bilbo Baggins trying to reclaim the dwarf kingdom and their gold from the dragon Smaug.
And this time they actually get to the dragon... Benedict Cumberbatch did the motion-capture performance and the voice. He's the guy who played Khan in the last "Star Trek" movie.
Before they get to the dragon, they also have to fight their way past an army of orcs, evil "wood-elves", and giant spiders. Martin Freeman is back as Bilbo, Ian McKellen is Gandalf, and Richard Armitage is Thorin, the leader of the dwarves.
Marsh says it's 2 hours and 40 minutes, and ends with a "to be continued..." There are many good parts of this movie, but it's too long, and drags a bit.
Saving Mr. Banks... Tom Hanks plays Walt Disney trying to bring "Mary Poppins" to the big screen. Emma Thompson plays author P.L. Travers . . . who does NOT want her characters "Disney-fied".
When she refuses to sell the movie rights, he flies her to Hollywood and tries to figure out what she really wants. Colin Farrell, Paul Giamatti, Jason Schwartzman and B.J. Novak are also in it.
Mr. Banks was the name of the dad in "Mary Poppins" . . . so the movie is about "saving" his character, who was actually based on Travers' own father. Marsh gives this film a glowing review... well written, well acted, and very enjoyable.
The Prince And The New Girl
Apparently, PRINCE is a diehard fan of ZOOEY DESCHANEL'S sitcom, "New Girl". In fact, he's so into it that he contacted the show, asked for a guest role, and even pitched an idea for what he would do.
The producers were down with it, and went along with Prince's idea, which will somehow involve "a pajama dance party."
Even better for Prince, a TON of people are going to see it, because Fox is airing the episode right after the Super Bowl on February 2nd.
We're trying to figure out if Prince will be playing himself or a character.
Todd Halliday News
Dan St. Germain
Comedian Dan St. Germain is in studio, and at The Comedy Club this weekend. He'll never have to go see Dr. Quatela for hair. He talks about his TV appearances on Conan and Fallon, growing up in NY, being a Giants fan, and football in general.
Alcohol And Naked Women
Billy's bachelor party is tomorrow, and Pauly is wondering if Billy should... A) get a lap dance, and B) drink. The lap dance is a given, but Billy says no to the alcohol. Wease tries to convince me that booze would make me happy, but I've seen him him too many times in the morning after drinking to beliveve that. Once again Wease makes fun of us going to the roller derby tomorrow night.
Occasionally the internet gets OUTRAGED over some minor story that's been blown out of proportion. This is NOT one of those times.
You may have heard, but a 16-year-old in Texas just got PROBATION for killing FOUR PEOPLE while driving drunk, because his defense argued that he has "affluenza" . . . where you're too rich and spoiled to know right from wrong. Seriously.
His name is Ethan Couch, and this past June, he and his friends stole beer from a Walmart in Burleson, Texas, went to a party, and got hammered. Then Ethan drove his pickup truck 70 miles-an-hour in a 45 zone.
But in front of him, a woman and her daughter had stopped to help a friend with a broken down SUV. A youth minister who happened to be driving by had stopped to help too. And Ethan plowed into all four of them, killing them.
Two of Ethan's friends in the truck were seriously injured too . . . one of them can't move or talk. But Ethan was fine. His blood-alcohol level was three times the legal limit at the time of the crash. (The legal limit for people over 21, that is. Since Ethan was only a teenager, he shouldn't have had ANY alcohol in his system.)
He was looking at between two and 20 years in prison for vehicular manslaughter, but he only got 10 years of PROBATION . . . and NO jail time. All because his lawyers successfully argued that he suffered from affluenza.
Just so you know, there IS no such thing as "affluenza." It's a term that occasionally gets thrown around as a "condition" where rich people think they can do anything they want. But it's not a recognized medical or psychological condition.
The defense actually found a quack psychologist named Gary Miller who testified that Ethan, quote, "never learned that sometimes you don't get your way. He had the cars and the money. He had freedoms no young man would be able to handle."
And since the crash, he's been at a fancy rehab center in Newport Beach, California that costs $37,500-a-month. His dad is picking up the check.
A psychologist in Florida named Dr. Gary Buffone says the verdict is a HORRIBLE instance of the term "affluenza" being mistaken for a real condition.
Quote, "Essentially what [the judge] has done is slapped the child on the wrist for a very serious offense . . . the defense is laughable, horrifying . . . not only haven't the parents set any consequences, but it's being reinforced by the judge's actions."
Wease talks about the time his kid was busted for DWI at age 19, how hard a time it was, and left him in the jail for a few extra hours to teach him a lesson, and how well it worked.
Roller Derby Queens
Karma and Katie are in to promote tomorrow's RocCity Roller Derby Championships at The Dome Arena. The Rottenchesters are facing the Midtown Maulers for the championship. Wease says he's getting down on the Maulers in this intense rivalry. Billy and his family and friends will be attending the 6pm matches.
Pauly is hoping they do something to embarrass Billy tomorrow... I hope not.
Slate writer Aisha Harris recently published an op-ed headlined "Santa Claus Should Not Be a White Man Anymore." In it, she recalled feeling "insecurity and shame" growing up as a black girl with a white Santa.
"Isn't it time that our image of Santa better serve all the children he delights each Christmas?" she ponders.
And Fox News anchor Megyn Kelly answered her with a resounding, "No."
On her show The Kelly File, Megyn said, "When I saw this headline, I kind of laughed and I said, ‘Oh, this is so ridiculous. Yet another person claiming it's racist to have a white Santa.'"
"And, by the way, for all you kids watching at home, Santa just is white," she continued. "But this person is arguing that we should also have a black Santa, but, you know, Santa is what he is, just so you know, we're just debating this."
When you're a kid, you kinda KNOW life is harder for grown-ups . . . but it doesn't quite sink in. I mean . . . you have your OWN giant issues, like HOMEWORK, right?
So, when you were a kid, what did you think the WORST part of being an adult would be? Here are seven of our favorite answers . . .
1. No summer vacation . . . or winter break . . . or spring break.
2. Not getting your own room or bed . . . because you have to share with your husband or wife.
3. Giving more presents than you get on Christmas.
4. Having to let your kids pick their game pieces first in board games, and getting stuck with the lame ones.
5. Having to watch the news on TV every night . . . not realizing your parents CHOSE to do that, or that the Internet would exist once you were an adult.
6. Finding the perfect job for life. Turns out it was a generational thing to pick one job and stay there forever . . . now we all jump around to new jobs.
7. Drinking beer . . . after secretly taking a sip and finding out it tastes awful.
Bad Christmas Gifts
There's still PLENTY of time to return Christmas gifts and get something better. So listen to this carefully.
A new survey came up with the top 10 gifts that men and women DON'T WANT for Christmas. Check 'em out...
Men don't want: Socks, a bad sweater, books they've already read, cheap cologne or toiletries, slippers, a mug, a calendar, chocolate, a handkerchief, or second-hand stuff.
Women don't want: Cheap perfume or toiletries, cheap jewelry, make-up that isn't right for them, a bad sweater, candles, second-hand stuff, books they've already read, chocolate, a scarf, or a calendar.
So what SHOULD you get someone? A separate study in the "Journal of Consumer Research" says you shouldn't try to come up with unique gift ideas for everyone . . . you'll just end up overthinking it and FAILING.
Instead, come up with ONE good idea and buy the same thing for everyone on your list. Yes, the gift will be a little more generic . . . but that could be a GOOD thing, since it will also be something that's POPULAR and everyone likes.
Wease and Pauly talk creative and loving gifts they have received... ideas that you can find on Pintrest.