Stunt Granny Audio: OHPA 10

Ken and Kevin have made it to double digits for OHPA. They start off by talking one of their favorite movies that is celebrating it’s 28th Anniversary of being released, Big Trouble in Little China. Why did they not do this movie for the Retro Movie Review? Does it still hold up to what they thought it was when they saw it as children? Which movie were they trying to beat out that also has an Asian theme to it? Has Hollywood changed at all since the Eighties? Which movie was banded in the Phillips household but was allowed in the DiFrango household? How did Bugs Bunny come up in this conversation? Is this Kevin’s favorite Kurt Russell movie? Which Sci Fi standard did Ken bring up as a Kurt Russell classic? Did this movie influence Mortal Kombat? Ken & Kevin finally move on to a planned subject, the United States soccer team’s loss to Belgium. What went wrong? What went right? How big was the miss by Chris Wondolowski? What can’t Tim Howard save? How much progress is the US Squad making under Juergen Klinsmann? What are with his tactics of burying his team prior to the World Cup? Would either of the hosts be motivated by the negative thinking? They continue in the soccer vein by talking about Lionel Messi of Argentina. How many ways did FiveThirtyEight prove that he is great? How much soccer does Kevin watch? Is Cristiano Ronaldo even close to competing with him? Would the US Squad been able to solve Messi? Is it just his shooting that is great or is his passing superior too? How many statistics can you track in soccer? Can they extricate his data from that of the teams he plays on? Is it a good idea to break up reading this article? It’s never good to break up the drinking of the weekly #SippyTimeBeer. What is it this week and where is it from? Find out when you click on the link below.

SippyTimeBeer Review – @AVBC, @GLBCinColumbus, @lagunitasbruhws, @RevBrewChicago and @SeventhSonBrew

IMG_20140221_204305I’m writing this article well ahead of time because I am in Richmond VA having a Sippy Time Beer courtesy of my older brother, who graciously provided more pumpkin beers to try than any one person should in our Year End Review. I’m also sure that I’ve had a few beverages from the neighboring state West Virginia on our way. Those beers should hit the internet come next week. Until then, here’s some drinks from February.

Anderson Valley Brewing Co.Winter Solstice – Ken and I had some free time without the ladies so we went to the 16 Bit Bar & Arcade in town. Not only is it a fun place to play the terrible video games I played as a child, it’s also a great place to try beer. Anderson Valley started off the fun with this take on a Winter Warmer. Though their site only says that they use spice, there’s definitely nutmeg in this beer which is standard for this style. They also include toffee & caramel which helps sweeten the beer up even more. Sometimes that would make the beer too sweet but it doesn’t for this one. They don’t even add much hops to offset the sweet but at 6 IBU, there’s no bitterness to be found. This beer packs a wallop at 6.9% even if that’s low for a winter beer. They are based in Boonville CA so if it reaches Ohio you probably have a good chance of trying it in the winter.

Great Lakes Brewing Co.Conway’s Irish Ale – At some point during my tenure of writing beer reviews, I will do an Irish themed post around Saint Patrick’s Day. This beer will get included in that post. I’ll also review it now. This seasonal beer is available from January to the end of March. It is similar in flavor to their year round offering & one of my personal favorites, Eliot Ness. It is lighter on the malt though so it’s as in your face. Neither are hoppy which is confirmed by the 25 IBU for this one. Conway’s provides a decent punch at 6.5% ABV. They distribute in these areas so even though it’s a seasonal beer, you may still be able to find this one.

IMG_20140222_191243Lagunitas Brewing Co.Maximus – Jeremy brought this company to my attention. It is another California based company so the distribution area is bigger which helps me try them too. This beer is an amped up version of their IPA. Since I haven’t had their IPA, I can’t compare them. They don’t list IBUs so I can’t compare bitterness. I do know though that this beer didn’t taste bitter for a Double IPA. They claim it will remove enamel from your teeth because of the hops but I don’t agree. To no one’s surprise though, you jump from 6.2% in the IPA to 8.2% for the DIPA. It provides quite the punch so be careful if you’re a hop head.

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Stunt Granny Audio #250

thread_hijack_in_progress_signJeremy & Kevin are here again to talk about Raw and how badly the hijacking went in Chicago. But first they start on one of many tangents that included kale shakes, Roberto Luongo being traded back to the Florida Panthers and cable providers. They focus back in on Raw. After talking about how Paul Heyman defused the situation, how was the crowd. How well did Kevin know the hijacking manifesto? Does Jeremy ever laugh out loud while reading the objectives? Aren’t some of the objectives being fulfilled by the WWE already? Do your hosts wonder if they’d want to be this young and idealist like the manifesto writer? They wonder back around to singing the praises for Paul Heyman’s speech which transitioned well into the crowd eating up Brock Lesnar. How dumb is Mark Henry? Should he have put up more of a fight? Daniel Bryan against HHH gets some attention but could Bryan still be inserted into the title picture with Randy Orton’s involvement in the main event? How unsettled is the WrestleMania card? Are the guys worried about it since they will be in attendance? Brock Lesnar gets more talk because he is in one of the confirmed matches with the Undertaker. CM Punk had a confirmed part on the WrestleMania card, so why should the fans be on his side anyway? Doesn’t that make the build up between Bryan and HHH seem stretched? But does the average fan notice? The Shield gets talked about too. Are they going to have a triple threat match at WrestleMania? How does Bray Wyatt’s spot against John Cena compare to Chris Jericho versus Fandango last year? Have you been able to follow this write up? If you did click on the tangent filled link below!

#SippyTimeBeer Review – @BreckBrew, @GreatDivideBrew, @GreenFlashBeer and @SeventhSonBrew

Breckenridge Christmas AleBreckenridge BreweryChristmas Ale – Breckenridge brews some seriously good beers. This beer is no exception. It didn’t have the usual nutmeg or cinnamon in it which was a nice change of pace. They went for caramel and chocolate in their beverage so it made it more like a porter than any Christmas beer I have tasted. The hops are pretty much absent with a 22 IBU but the alcohol isn’t at 7.4%. That will give you some Christmas cheer. Since this company emanates from the fine city of Breckenridge, CO and gets the whole way here to Columbus, I’m going to guess you might be able to find some in your area. Probably in the clearance aisle now that we’re almost a full two months removed from Christmas.

Great Divide Hibernation

Great Divide Brewing Co.Hibernation Ale – This one wraps up my Christmas beer selection, which has been quite extensive. I’m more than ready to leave nutmeg and cinnamon for the next ten months. Interesting enough though, this beer didn’t have either of those ingredients. Which might have been one of the reasons I didn’t like this very much. It’s an English style old ale which doesn’t taste all that good to my palate despite having plenty of malt in it. It clocks in at a nice 8.7% ABV so it does have it virtues but I wouldn’t recommend this one come late 2014. If you want to try it though, they distribute here.

Seventh Son Seventh SonSeventh Son Brewing Co.Seventh Son – I had no idea what an American Strong Ale was until having this beverage. It is a beer that uses a lot of the grapefruit and stone fruit hops meets a meets the malty goodness of an Amber Ale. They blend seven types of hops during the dry hopping process to make sure the name fits. The earlier hops cut through the dry hopped part perfectly with their fruitiness. The malt still comes through even with plenty of hops in this beverage. To continue the Seventh Son theme, the ABV comes in at 7.7%. Unfortunately for some, it’s only available here in Columbus. When you come to visit, we’ll definitely grab several pints at their brew pub. It doesn’t hurt that they almost always have a food truck there and most of them make tasty food. The picture also reminded me that I love their half growlers. I’m starting to see them at all of the local brewers now but they were the first spot I saw them at.

Green Flash TrippelGreen Flash BreweryTrippel – This beverage was the first new beer of 2014. Time to start a new picture folder and a new count down for the end of the year on my computer. It’s always good to take monks old recipes and updating them. Belgian yeast has been a noticeable taste that keeps popping up in my beers and when the formula comes from monks, it’ll definitely be there. Green Flash pops in pale malt and a pair of hops flavors to come up with this bad boy. The hops aren’t overwhelming or even that noticeable since Trippel only comes in at 24 IBUs. I talked about a Double White last week. This one is triple brewed so guess where the ABV is at? 9.7% is what this beer delivers. It was a perfect beer on New Year’s Eve since I was hosting the party and I bought this beverage in 22 ounce form. This company is out of San Diego, CA so if I can find it you should be able to also. I recommend this one if you like the Belgian style beers. It’s right up your palate’s alley.

Another fun part of Seventh Son Brewing is that they have teamed with other small brewers to produce some unique joint beers. I recently got a mini-growler of Seven Fists of Deth which is a collaboration Revolution Brewing out of Chicago. It’s a double IPA which I will be reviewing in November at this rate. They are also doing a collaboration with Rockmill Brewery out of Lancaster, Ohio. Here’s a little video they put together during the brewing process of Urban Cowboy Stout they are collaborating on. Have a good weekend and enjoy a #SippyTimeBeer! – Kevin

Stunt Granny Audio #245

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Jeremy & Kevin start off your audio journey by talking about their piss poor recording effort last week. Why did a woman with a pig get dragged into this conversation? They move on to the topics that they started on last week. Does Matt Hardy even matter a week later? Whether Hardy does or not, CM Punk is certainly still news. What does his silence mean? Will fences be mended between him and the WWE? If they are, who can he fight at WrestleMania? Would he bump Daniel Bryan’s spot against HHH? How much at fault is the WWE in the recent crowd reactions? Who will enjoy booing of the main event of WrestleMania if it’s Randy Orton against Batista? How interesting will the crowd be at the Rosemont Arena in a few weeks? Would it work to have Batista turn heel and be the one to take on CM Punk? Is Roman Reigns ready to be a big player on the WrestleMania stage like some people have suggested?  Did the WWE pull the trigger on the Shield versus The Wyatts too early? How much of a train wreck is WrestleMania going to be in the story line department? Do they need a multi-wrestler match to help balance out the loss still of Money In The Bank? Find out the answer to these many questions along with Jeremy’s wedding plans when you click on the link below!

Weekend Rewind – TNA, Will They Be Bought?

Smashing-PumpkinsJeremy and I addressed the TNA sales rumors on the Audio this past Friday. Janice Carter, mother of Dixie Carter, emphatically denied them later that day proving that once again, we have a mole inside of TNA. Prowrestling.net was still standing behind their sales story even after this news. We don’t care who’s right because we’re either going to continue watching a train wreck or be hopeful that a new owner can come up with better ideas than the current regime.

To confirm that things are going swimmingly for Impact Wrestling, TNA announced on Saturday that the Impact Zone at Universal Studios will now be broadcast from Soundstage 19 instead of the old Soundstage 21. This is important because they are moving from a stage that is 22,000 to one that is 16,500 or a 25% reduction in size. This would be like the WWE deciding that instead of using Madison Square Garden that their new home base is back in the Hammerstein Ballroom where they debuted Raw. I’m sure TNA is perfectly happy with this turn of events.

The last in the trilogy of news pieces on Dot Net about TNA this weekend was revealing that one possible buyer could be Billy Corrigan of The Smashing Pumpkins. It’s possible that he is just going to buy part of the company. Corrigan currently owns Resistance Pro Wrestling in Chicago and he had interest in buying ECW. It would be interesting to watch some of his current promotion to get a glance at how TNA might be run in the future but I’m having a hard time getting through website. The opening page starts things off poorly by featuring a giant picture of R Pro Champion “The Ego” Robert Anthony and his giant nipples. By going to their website’s merchandise tab, I can see that he has a similar infatuation with former WWE employees that TNA has. By looking at their roster, at least none of them are on the roster. At least it looks like they’d make the roster a manageable size unlike TNA.

We will keep an eye on the TNA sales situation, unless we’re having a Siamese Dream about Stunt Granny booking TNA. – Kevin

Kevin’s Blog: Almost Live, Definitely Half Assed Review of #WWE #Raw

This website took things into their own hands for labeling.

This website took things into their own hands for labeling.

So if I had just made up my mind and had my computer repaired, I wouldn’t be using my parent’s spare old Dell. Of course, maybe dropping water on the lap top should have warned me that the rest of my week was going to suck from then on. I’m starting late again so I’m doing babbling. Let’s roll.

Angelo Savoldi is recognized. I get to learn who he is on Wikipedia. I’m sure I can do the reading during HHH‘s long speech. Stephanie gets to tell them that the 10 are “men.” RVD gets to be the mouth piece of the group. The McMahon’s try to turn the tables mentally on the 10 by giving them the Shield. He’s having a hard time pronunciating “frustration.” Okay, maybe they have me again. Not sure where they’re taking this thing and they don’t seem to know either.

Kofi Kingston is taking on Alberto Del Rio. Are the McMahon’s trying to wear out the 10 before their elimination match? Lawler asking if the match is fair to the Shield is pretty weird. Shouldn’t that be JBL’s role? They get a break with Kofi in control. The crowd is starting to do random chants. No surprise that Chicago is bringing it. Kofi gets a near fall from an SOS. I can’t remember the last time I saw a Boom Drop. It hasn’t gotten better. Nice German Suplex by Del Rio. Kofi screws up a DDT. Kofi misses a cross body. Del Rio goes vicious. Kofi taps out to the Cross Arm Breaker.

Renee Young gets to ask Miz the tough questions. HHH can’t let him wrestle because of his condition. He gives Miz the Big Show on Miz TV. They recap the Rhodes happenings.

The Prime Time Players get to take on the Wyatt Family in the form of Luke Harper & Erick Rowan. The beat down of the 10 continues. Darren Young is taking it. The lights go off momentarily. Most exciting news of the match so far. Titus O’Neil gets the hot tag. Young takes out Rowan. Harper capitalizes on a distracted O’Neil. Clothesline for the Wyatt win. Young gets Sister Abigail’s kiss. Mitchell Cool gets cut off making a good point. Did someone just get in trouble?

Miz TV is on. The Miz wants to know why the Big Show would do that. The Miz asks the Big Show to stand up for himself. Stephanie McMahon strides down to the ring. Steph calls the Miz a utility person. She does condescending well. Steph makes Big Show knock out the Miz which he does with no hesitation. (Next Day Note: Did the WWE realize Big Show is a lot better as a heel? If so, good for them. I’d be happy to get rid of smilely Big Show again.)

Randy Orton comes out and finds out that his opponent is RVD. The announcer banter is the best part of the match until the early break. Buzzing thru entrances makes this so much quicker. I might catch up before the finish if I keep it up. Orton makes it interesting by kicking RVD off the top rope. He appears to have snapped. They get counted out but Orton still beats down RVD. So why aren’t the other 10 helping RVD out? What a bunch of pussies. Top Rope hanging DDT.

Randy Orton runs into the Bellas back stage. He warns Brie of his awaited beating. They’re doing a good job of putting more heat on Orton instead of the McMahons. They show clips from HHH’s new DVD. Big Steph does more condescending, this time to AJ Lee. AJ doesn’t like the way she’s being treated as Divas Champion. AJ listens to Big Steph.

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TNA’s Tara (aka Victoria) to open pizza restaurant in Chicago; weeks later, CM Punk will sleep with her

Tara, taking orders for a piping hot DDP (Deep Dish Pizza).

According to Prowrestling.net, Lisa Marie Varon, better known as Tara from TNA (and sometimes remembered as WWE’s Victoria) plans to open a pizza restaurant in Chicago and make it her full-time job, while still wrestling for TNA, even at age… 41? Seriously? Read this:

Varon was also asked how much longer she intends to wrestle. “I get the ‘how much longer’ question in every interview nowadays,” she said. “I get it. I’m 41 in an industry where girls breaking in are half my age.

“My perspective is, I feel great, I think I look great, I put on outstanding matches for the fans, I bring out the best in my opponents, and most importantly, I am having a blast.” Read the full story at Chicagotribune.com/entertainment/celebrity/aboutlastnight/chi-lisa-marie-varon-pizza-lincoln-park-20121018,0,7414760.column.

“I think I look great.” Well, I *know* you look great, so rather than worry about that, why don’t you sling me a warm slice. And then let me buy a pizza. (And thanks to Kevin for the reminder: Here’s hoping this business of hers doesn’t mysteriously burn down like the body shop. I’m looking at you, Jeff Hardy.) -Eric

Kevin’s Blog: Almost Live, Definitely Half Assed Review of @WWE #Raw

Sometimes, people have the habit of embellishing the truth. Some people though, take it to another level and pretty much lie or make something up to sound cool. When it’s someone close to you, it has a bad habit of tainting what you think of them. You wonder even when they’re right if they’re wrong. It makes life interesting. I hope you all had a fun weekend. Even with that craziness involved in the weekend, it was a good time. It’s nice just to relax because the rest of September is going to have lots of running around involved. Time to talk wrestling. Let’s roll.

After FF thru the review of the Jerry Lawler, we get a cold opening from Mitchell Cool. The Lawler/Punk storyline is continuing. Fabulous. Sheamus comes out first. Glad he gave us the Chicago heads up because the pop for CM Punk makes sense. He soaks up the chants. Why can’t they relate to Sheamus? They do have a giant St. Patrick’s Day party. Green River and all. Sheamus is putting together a solid promo without any tales rebutting Punk’s argument. AJ Lee interrupts after some arse talking. Alberto gets to face John Cena. Punk gets to fight Sheamus. I would have to imagine that the later will end with some shenanigans. Cena will win his match up.

Vickie Guerrero introduces my boy Dolph Ziggler who is in a rematch from “Friday” with Randy Orton. Why is this match happening again? Won’t Dolph have the title soon with Orton being a prime challenger? Mitchell calling the match by himself is awkward at best. Dolph is selling like a champ as the commercial hits. My girl is suggesting that we dress up as Dolph Ziggler & Vickie for Halloween. I can’t tell you the delight she’s getting out of this idea. Orton is loving the super-plex these days. She’s even promising to put the fly in the trunks. I’m starting to get worried. I just learned that Vickie always has some of her lip stick on her front two teeth. Chicago is going bonkers for the RKO. They get it taken away from them by Ziggler who holds the tights for the victory. Why is the Miz coming out? Isn’t it a big deal that Dolph just beat Orton even by cheating? Monday Night Miz. Um, again, why don’t do this at the top of the next segment?

I almost FF thru the new anger management segment since it said last week. There are so many replays, I figured it was one. Naturally, the wrestlers need to share their thoughts first. Kane can light pyro in the garbage can too. We do get our dose of replays right after the segment.  I’m digging Rey’s shirt.

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The Art of Wresting: Jeff Hardy Part I

In my Twitter Compilation, I noted that I should look at Jeff Hardy’s new shirt. I forgot to note that he has two of them. I’m going to break it into two articles because both of them are very interesting. The first shirt that came out was named Through Tha Night. I felt like it would be a disservice to throw up a picture of something like Starry Night by Vincent Van Gogh even if I think Jeffery Nero Hardy definitely had inspiration from him. You don’t compare anything to one of the greatest pieces of art ever. One nit I’m going to pick that is not related to the design is the name. If you’re going to spell The funky, why not shorten Through to Thru? Jeff could have gone with Nigh to wrap up the name. It was bugging me. I had to say it. Moving on to the design.

Jeff has decided to go without a design on the rear. There is the 10TNA tag back there but that doesn’t count. I’ve got to admit, going without a design on the back is a plus to me. It makes it feel less like a wrestling shirt which almost always has a catch phrase on the back.

The design is on the front and it appears to be an adapted painting of his own. He signed it in the lower right hand side which is the only reason I knew his middle name. His signature looks like a version of a shark or some type of fish with two fins. I was trying to discern his initials so here’s my theory. You can argue the back and face of the fish is a J. I’d then say that the fin is an N. For some reason or another, though I can’t spot an H. Maybe the inside of the J but I’m not buying it.

The focal point of Jeff’s design looks like it is a caricature of himself that has a bit of a stained glass feel because of the dark outline that is mostly black. The remainder of the painting doesn’t have a dark border until the edge of the painting. He has his purple and blue hair flowing at the top right hand side of the painting. “Jeff” has paint on his face that is in orange. He has a almond sliver eye that is white with blue tinting around the outside. The blue pops up again in his neck then further down in his arms. It looks like an abstract set of veins to me. The arm shown reaches to the other side of the shirt but is cut short before the hands. I believe the hands show up above and below the arm though. On the top, there is a webbed blue shape the it topped at each crest of the wave with a white ovular area that is a finger nail. Below the the arm, the colors are darker but it is the same design.

There is not much design that I see as belonging with the person presented as I do. Between the hands and the body, he has waves that some what echo the shape of hands but there seems to be no rhyme or reason for them. Orange and lighter green runs above and below the arm. Above the arm contains a couple of blue green rivers, one of which connects with the forehead. For some reason there is a blob of light blue below it that terminates near the point of the nose. A dark blue blob shows up directly below the nose which seems forced. Below the chin, is a dark blue field that is lighter than what is under the nose but dark enough to contrast with the baby blue. A similar pattern appears three times below the arm. The one pattern is engulfed by the purple color and almost forms what could look like a mouth.

This conglomerate of shapes helps to bring down the quality of the art. But I don’t think in the least bit changes the value of the shirt. It’s one of the freshest shirts I’ve seen in a long time. I like the quality of shirts for CM Punk but it’s stealing designs from the city of Chicago. I could even cite the older version of Jeff Hardy’s shirt which was a rip off of Andy Warhol. This shirt is Jeff’s handy work. I like the colors, the contrasts even if I think it doesn’t make me think of the night. -Kevin

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