Dept. of Dubious Honesty

I wonder how often ad agencies have pitched the whole “masturbation in the shower” angle to soap companies targeting men with their product.

Not that I would know anything about that.







Eli Roth’s very fun horror movie Cabin Fever was released in theaters just 11 years ago. And now it’s getting a full reboot. Because there are no more ideas left.

I reviewed the original Cabin Fever for The Stranger. The opening graph pretty much summed up my feelings on it:

There is muchthat is right about Cabin Fever, director Eli Roth’s attempt to revive the somewhat dormant gore genre. The film is suitably disgusting, suitably cheesy, and suitably stupid. The characters copulate and perish in a proper manner, and the entire endeavor is undertaken with tongue firmly implanted in cheek. But there is one thing that is not right about Cabin Fever, and that thing, to put it bluntly, is the finger-banging scene.

Dept. of Telling Us How You Really Feel

Badass Digest’s Devin Faraci on rumors Star Trek screenwriter Roberto Orci wants to direct the third film in the rebooted franchise:

This is like putting Jeff Dahmer in charge of a home for runaway boys. This is like making Jason Voorhees a camp counselor. This is like electing George W. Bush president of the United States TWICE. It’s a bad idea that is bad on its face and has several bad things lurking under the surface.




With the 131st pick in the 1987 NFL Draft, the Seattle Seahawks selected University of Arizona punter Ruben Rodriguez.

Rodriguez lasted just three seasons with Seattle (1987-1989), and was out of the league by 1993 after being dropped by the New York Giants. As a punter, he was fairly pedestrian, averaging 40.5 yards over 238 career punts. But for longtime Seahawks fans, there was one punt in particular that elevated Rodriguez to legendary status.

Or, if not legendary, at least memorable. For a punter.

The date: October 22, 1989. Week seven of the NFL season. The Seahawks were hosting (then) division rival the Denver Broncos. With a record of 3-4, including two early losses to division opponents, the Seahawks badly needed a win. And going into the fourth quarter with a 14-7 lead, a win was certainly possible.

After the Seahawks’ first drive of the quarter drive sputtered near midfield, head coach Chuck Knox had Special Teams Coach Rusty Tillman send out the punting unit.

It’s worth noting here that in 1989 (and up until the year 2000), the Seahawks played at the Kingdome. Opened in 1976 at a cost of $67 million — or $278 million in today’s dollars — the Kingdome was a blight on the Seattle skyline. It was also one of the loudest stadiums in the NFL, with the noise of of some 65,000 fans echoing off the concrete construction.


All that noise wasn’t a factor for Rodriguez as he took the field for his punt. And, of course, neither was the wind. Which makes what happened next all the more ridiculous.

After receiving the snap, Rodriguez muffed the punt. But he didn’t do it in the traditional way — which is to say, off the side of his foot — but instead managed to punt the ball so straight up in the air that without being blocked — without Rodriguez even being rushed — the ball landed two yards behind the line of scrimmage. The Broncos recovered the ball on their own 40, and in short order tied the game.

While it would be unfair to pin the Seahawks’ eventual loss on Rodriguez, especially since quarterback Dave Krieg threw a pick from the 15 yard line that led to a game-winning Broncos field goal in overtime, his botched punt certainly didn’t help any.

The Seahawks went on to finish the season at 7-9, just one game ahead of the lowly San Diego Chargers. The Broncos, meanwhile, finished at 11-5, with a commanding six wins in the division, and went on to get blown out by the San Francisco 49ers in the Super Bowl.

At the end of the 1989 season, Rodriguez decided to hold out for more money. He was replaced by former Atlanta Falcons punter Rick Donnelly.

Rodriguez failed to make another team until 1992, when he was signed by none other than the Denver Broncos.

Dept. of Dear Leader Likes Your Beer

The Independent:

Gary Todd remembers well the day the North Koreans came to take away his brewery. It was late summer in 2000 and the Scot, who has beer in his blood, had been made redundant as head brewer at Ushers of Trowbridge. After 175 years of production, the brewery, which dominated the centre of the Wiltshire county town, had gone bust. As developers circled for valuable land, every pipe, vessel and keg was put up for sale. Soon, a preferred bidder emerged: Kim Jong-il, the late Supreme Leader of North Korea.