In Defense of That Which Is Suggested To Be Indefensible: Adam Levine of Maroon 5

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by Ryan Meehan

Because of the highly critical nature of our society, there are certain negative opinions regarding famous individuals which are considered to be universal by those consider their musical preferences to be “above” such figures within the entertainment industry.  These beliefs are usually held by folks who think that for some reason there is no possible way for anyone who has become successful to be a decent person or a talented musician.  This is where the whole hipster culture grew an extra head and begin turning its nose up at anybody who wasn’t holding a tall boy of Pabst Blue Ribbon and proclaiming that the only good music in the world exists on the early Pavement demos.

Over the course of this progressive bullshit hipster revolution, I can’t help but notice that the celebrity who is constantly dogged more than anybody is Maroon 5 lead singer and star of NBC’s “The Voice” Adam Levine.  This of course is a travesty that is occurring in a world where Iggy Azalea is one of the highest grossing tour acts on the planet, and there are so many other artists who deserve the level of vitriol that is hurled in Levine’s direction.  To be brutally honest with you, I get it.  To the average blue-collar factory worker that isn’t an international sex symbol, I could see why some people view this dude as being a bit of a dick.  He exhibits certain aspects of confidence that could be misconstrued as pomposity, so I’m not going to act as if these thoughts are a tad bit unwarranted.

That being said, I think that even though the price of success often comes with the risk of monumental mockery perhaps adult males are giving this guy an unnecessary amount of shit.  He’s become pop music’s Carrot Top, and I don’t really understand how it got to this point.  Let’s take a look at some of the reasons that we might possibly be throwing rotten tomatoes at the wrong man… Continue reading

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Super Bowl XLIX Wrap-Up‏

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by Ryan Meehan

Super Bowl XLIX came to a close in a very unique fashion on Sunday night, and the 2014-2015 NFL season is now in the books.  The new England Patriots found themselves the beneficiaries of a late game play calling mistake that saw them intercepting the final Seahawks play, and eventually winning the game 28-24 to claim their fourth Super Bowl title in fourteen years.  This will wrap-up our coverage of the NFL for some time, and it’ll be a while before football is discussed on this site again.  Here is what went down during Super Bowl XLIX…

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The FOH Super Bowl XLIX Preview Extravagantacular

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by Ryan Meehan

After a season of some fantastic NFL football – as well as a lot of real stinkers – Super Bowl XLIX is finally here.  For the second straight year, both one seeds in their respective conference will be appearing in the big game.  It should be one of the best Super Bowl in recent years, and after saying that about last year’s shitstorm it had better be.  The football Gods kind of owe us a good one here, as we had high expectations for last year’s game and it ended up being terrible.  We’ve still never had a Super Bowl go into overtime, and that’s something that every fan wants to see before they end up like Morgan Freeman’s character at the end of The Bucket List.  (Spoiler alert)  This one’s for all of the marbles, a saying that would be a decent analogy if anybody still played with marbles in 2015.  Sunday night we will get to see the Fourty-Ninth Super Bowl in NFL history, and this is the First Order Historians Super Bowl XLIX Extravagantacular.

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The Deep Six: Why ESPN And Other Sports Networks Need To Move Past “Deflategate”‏ So We Can Get On With This “Super Bowl” Thing

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by Ryan Meehan

By now, we’ve already become familiar with the NFL’s latest manufactured scandal involving the New England Patriots, which has affectionately been dubbed “Deflategate” by several media sources who probably have no business discussing professional football matters.  Although I do respect certain camps of opinion with regards to different moments in sports history, I’m not buying anybody who is throwing a hissy fit about this situation.  On an overall scale, this is merely a blip on the radar of sports “scandals” that have taken place over the years.  Hell, it’s barely number three this year when you consider the Ray Rice and Adrian Peterson incident…so what’s the big fuss all about?

I get that a lot of people will revert back to the ethics argument here and say that any form of cheating is wrong.  I would strongly suggest that although I’d love for this article to be read from start to finish, you might at least want to check out the header of point three before we get started.  For the rest of you who think I may have a valid point, let’s go Deep Six on Deflategate and find out why the New England Patriots Ball Deflation Scandal is nothing that the league or anybody who watches it should be seriously concerned with.    Continue reading

NFL Divisional Playoff Weekend Preview‏

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I’ve always said that unless your team is playing in the Super Bowl, the Divisional Round of the NFL playoffs is the best weekend of quality football you’ll see in the entire season.  On Tuesday 247Sports released the Vegas odds for each of the remaining eight teams, and they are as follows:

Seattle Seahawks 5/2 
New England Patriots 13/5 
Green Bay Packers 6/1 
Denver Broncos 7/1 
Dallas Cowboys 7/1 
Baltimore Ravens 17/1 
Indianapolis Colts 18/1 
Carolina Panthers 25/1

As you can see, after Dallas there is a huge dropoff.  All four home teams are favored the highest, and what the bottom of this tells you is that out of every one hundred people you survey four of them are going to be hammered enough to think that Cam Newton can win a Super Bowl.  To give you an idea of how close the race for the top is, simplified for mathematics the Seahawks have a 2.5 to 1 chance at winning it all, while the Patriots sit at 2.6 to 1.  But the harsh reality of the nature of the NFL playoffs is, before the clock strikes midnight on Saturday night both of those teams could potentially be eliminated.  I’m not confident that it will happen, but professional football is a bizarre animal indeed and you never really know.  So let’s dive in to this all you care to eat buffet of a postseason and take a look at what we think will go down in the Divisional Playoff round.

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