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by J-Dub and Ryan Meehan

Editor’s Note: This article is a collaborative effort between J-Dub and Ryan Meehan from First Order Historians. Ryan also has his own blog, East End Philadelphia, which is featured in the Dubsism BlogRoll and it is well worth the read.

Now that we are all indigesting a heaping helping of Uncle Ray’s Felonious Rice, we must remember that ever cloud, no matter how dark, has a silver lining.While this whole Ray rice/domestic violence cloud is pretty dark, it has done a wonderful job of removing the veneer of financial success with which Roger Goodell has been hiding his incompetency as NFL Commissioner.

All you had to do was flip on your television this morning to know the Kommissar is in deep on this one. While we aren’t going to “pile on” Goodell here for his ham-fisting of this matter; the calls for his…

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Point – Counterpoint: Fantasy Football Sucks

Posted: September 19, 2014 by Ravenation in Uncategorized

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Editor’s Note: This article is a collaborative effort between J-Dub and Ryan Meehan from First Order Historians. Ryan also has his own blog, East End Philadelphia, which is featured in the Dubsism BlogRoll and it is well worth the read.

Like it or not, fantasy football has become a multi-million dollar business. That’s right, what was once simply just a way to get some non-traditional gambling action on the NFL or a more sporting way of announcing to the world you live in your parent’s basement has become a juggernaut of its own. That’s right, now fantasy football is for more than guys who wear “Mr. Spock” ears while they are down-loading nude photos of that chick from “Big Bang Theory,” and not the hot blond one, either…we’re talking about the one who looks like a short, white version of Scottie Pippen.

That…

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7 Questions with Drew Hastings

Posted: August 13, 2014 by Ravenation in Uncategorized

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by Ryan Meehan

A veteran standup comedian for two decades, Drew is known as an edgy, intelligent, performer in venues from comedy clubs to theatres.  His commanding presence onstage immediately stamps his trademark comedy that is both hilarious and self-deprecating, including observations of the human condition and the declining state of American society. His status as an unlikely farmer has been enhanced by his vast new following of farm and ag-oriented audiences. His new CD, “Farmageddon,” is his first PG release geared toward family-friendly listeners.  Drew’s one-hour Comedy special “Irked and Miffed,” is still one of the most popular among comedy fans. He is a regular favorite on the nationally syndicated Bob & Tom Radio show which has given him a huge Midwest following. Drew is also one of the elite few to receive a standing ovation on “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno”, and we are happy to have…

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7 Questions with Adam Newman

Posted: July 14, 2014 by Ravenation in Uncategorized

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by Ryan Meehan

Adam Newman is a New Hampshire-born, Georgia-schooled, Brooklyn-based comedian who has appeared on the Late Show with David Letterman and John Oliver’s New York Stand-Up Show on Comedy Central. He recently taped his own episode of Comedy Central’s The Half Hour, which comes out later this year. Adam was among Comedy Central’s first class of “Comics to Watch” to perform at the New York Comedy Festival, and was invited to showcase as a “New Face” at the prestigious Just for Laughs Comedy Festival in Montreal. His debut stand-up CD, Not for Horses, was released by Rooftop Comedy to critical acclaim. Adam’s TV appearances include MTV’s The CollegeHumor Show, various talking head shows on the TV Guide Network, the Tyra Banks Show (weird!), and dozens of CollegeHumor Originals on CollegeHumor.com. Most importantly, though, Adam is also a co-host of Butt Talk, the world’s #1 Number 2…

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How to be Offended by all 32 NFL Team Nicknames

Posted: July 9, 2014 by Ravenation in Uncategorized

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by Ryan Meehan

The 2014 NFL season is approaching and will be here before you know it. Thankfully, ESPN and all of the other sports networks have given us enough of a pro football methadone drip so that we will actually believe the world won’t end before the season begins. We’ve seen contracts signed, trades made, and players cut.

But there was one story that I really didn’t see coming to fruition in the Summer of 2014, although with the way that the world is currently headed I guess I shouldn’t be surprised. On June 18th of this year, the United States Patent and Trademark Registration cancelled the Washington Redskins’ trademark registration due to pressure from numerous Native Americans who have been fighting for years to have the moniker changed. Even though this move won’t force the NFL team to change its name, it adds fuel to the intense fight…

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by Ryan Meehan
It’s been almost five months since the NFL signed off for the 2013-2014 season, and a lot has happened. I’m not just talking about the retirement of professional lawn decoration and college football legend Vince Young, or the countless rookies who tested positive for every recreational substance under the sun at the combine.
One of the biggest news stories has to be the contract signed by San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick, which states that he can make up to $126 million over the next six years. This will make him a very rich man even if he never produces another playoff victory throughout the remainder of his career.

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by Ryan Meehan

Tuesday as I was scrolling across my Facebook feed, I saw a story about Gary Oldman’s most recent interview in Playboy.  If you haven’t seen the story, Oldman basically discussed the hypocrisy of Hollywood and defended Mel Gibson.  He used some of the terms that are red flags for being labeled a bigot and a racist, and that story is likely to pick up steam in the coming week.

I’m not really a fan of Mel Gibson or Gary Oldman.  I don’t defend the actions of either one of them, and I certainly don’t necessarily think that they are the sharpest knives in the drawer.  However I do believe in the concept of Freedom of Speech, so this puts me in a tough spot.

Every time that the issue of censorship comes up, my train of thought goes right back to Lenny Bruce.  For those of you who may not be familiar with Lenny Bruce, he was a comedian who was way ahead of his time until his death in 1966.  The world was a much different place in the late 50s and early sixties.  The material Lenny Bruce did in the short time he was famous was a far cry from the poodle skirt and malt shop imagery that most people associate with that time period.

Lenny struggled with drug problems for most of his life, and eventually it caught up with him one early August morning.  Bruce had overdosed on morphine and even though the new ground rules had been established, comedy would be forever changed.  There is an urban legend that said one of the policemen who found Bruce in his home was rumored to have said “There is nothing sadder than an aging hipster”.

With as oversensitive as we’ve become as a culture, I would have to disagree with that statement.  Lenny’s death was indeed tragic, as he had plenty of entertainment left in him and would have become a huge star in the 70s.  But I can’t agree that “nothing” is sadder than his passing, because in a way this age of hyper-sensitivity and the way we react to language is the one thing that has become sadder than the death of Lenny Bruce.

I just don’t get it.  It seems like when it comes to freedom of speech, we haven’t really made the significant progress that we’d like to believe we’ve achieved.  So we can say “Bullshit” on cable television after 9PM now…is that really all that’s changed over the past sixty years?  And what happened to the direction that we were headed in that suggested censorship would soon be gone forever?

Twenty years ago it wasn’t like this at all…A lot of it has to do with the internet and what is being reported.  With so many cable news options and other rags such as TMZ spreading information that we could really do without knowing, it’s almost as if the artist formerly known as the information superhighway has turned us all in into Beaver Cleaver all over again.

And keep in mind, I don’t support any of the things that Gary Oldman and Mel Gibson say at all, but they have the right to say them.  To be brutally honest, I’m not sure that Lenny Bruce would want to be alive today.  He’d probably want to just climb back in his casket at the thought of something like Dana Eagle getting the word “hummer” cut out of her set during this season of Last Comic Standing.

Part of this modern censorship comes from the networks fearing they will lose sponsorship, but there is also an element of fear that if they DON’T point out this supposed racism or bigotry, they themselves will be called racists or bigots.  And that’s crazy, especially when you think the way that everything has supposedly evolved in entertainment today.

We won’t ever know if censorship in today’s entertainment would be different had Lenny died in his sleep at 60 in 1985.  But I can’t help but think that maybe we wouldn’t be so “over the moon” about all these interviews with Tinseltown heavyweights where they lash out because they’re having a bad day.  Words can indeed be damaging, but so can overreacting to them.  And last time I checked, actions and reactions speak louder than words.  Words which are still (in a way) just words.

That’s why there is something that is sadder than an aging hipster:  The idea that anybody and everybody has all these personal reactions to people whom they would never meet in a million years is drenched in sadness.  We’re so concerned with our own level of sensitivity that the dialogue to the movie “Idiocracy” which suggests everyone swears all the time ended up being one of the few things in that movie that didn’t come true.

The only good that came out of this for me was getting to watch the videos.  I watched a day’s worth of Lenny Bruce’s stuff and it never gets old.  It reminds me how important it must have been to have someone like that doing comedy during that era, and at the same time it reminds me how sad and insulting censorship makes me feel.