This is not a pro smoking schtick. Actually, I don’t smoke, never really liked it. The fact is that as our nation grows, it seems more and more laws are put in place to, “save ourselves” from…well, ourselves. The fact is, I just like how they always seem to find one culprit, one, “bad guy,” and force everyone to believe it. The fact is, I know smoking is bad. People have known that well over a century now. There is a reason that in the 1920s and earlier, cigarettes were called cancer sticks. Continue reading
Really? I mean come on, is this that big of a thing? Once a year the moon appears bigger, and brighter than normal. OHHHH, it is amazing! Continue reading
Politicians ask and beg for your vote, George “the Howitzer” Gerbo and Mike “the Buzz-Saw” Asti demand it! Barack Obama is still the President of the United States of America. While Democrats rejoice and Republicans plan to regroup for 2016, the country looks to reunite. One thing everyone can agree on, regardless of political affiliation, sports are the perfect recipe for a galvanizing effect.
The college football regular season is now in its final weeks. After crawling out of LSU undefeated, are the Crimson Tide all but destined for yet another shot at a National Title? Who would be their toughest competitor among the teams still lurking just behind the top squad? Another program with a lot of history, Notre Dame, is in the midst of a renaissance. The Fighting Irish are 9-0, having relied heavily on some leprechaun luck in a triple over-time victory of Pitt.
THE SKY IS FALLING! THE SKY IS FALLING (sense the sarcasm)! The Los Angeles Lakers are limping out of the gate. Can this newly formed All-Star team get their act together and become the championship contender they were put together to be? How close are the Lakers brass from pressing the panic button and shaking things up? Is this discussion totally ASININE only a couple weeks into the NBA season? To quote WWE’s Daniel Bryan, “YES! YES! YES!”
Before bowing up another gold quality broadcast, Mike and George keep tugging at their heart strings and take a look at the NHL Lockout. Talking is always progress in a collective bargaining agreement…
Of course, stay tuned for week 10 of the second annual HBS NFL Pick’em Challenge! The Redskin Rule was not upheld, but as usual, the Buzz-Saw reigned supreme. Like President Obama, the Howitzer better get to work!
All ballots are in, and the Howitzer and Buzz-Saw Show conquers sports radio, one day, at a time….
Tis the season for debates. With the Presidential election looming, the sports world has some extreme competition on the news wire. How does sports respond? Get as asinine as possible. For this broadcast, the very best asinine killers around, George “the Howitzer” Gerbo and Mike “the Buzz-Saw” Asti, debate the conclusion of the MLB season and look forward to the playoffs, what differences they noticed after a week of the professional referees return to the NFL, and make an attempt to decipher the video game action that is sweeping over college football, most notably West Virginia University.
With Mike’s Dodgers bandwagon now officially parked, what team will the Buzz-saw decide is worthy of his luck? Will George jinx any clubs by sending the Curse of the Howitzer their way? Is it Geno Smith’s Heisman to lose, after his absurd 8 touchdown performance over Baylor? While we realize that was a stupid question, how will the Mountaineers and their air assassin fair down the stretch? And of course your favorite sports genius’ continue the HBS NFL Pick’em Challenge.
Who would win a debate between the Howitzer and Buzz-Saw? Let’s be real. The Buzz-Saw is undefeated for a reason. Forget Obama and Romney, cast your vote for Howitzer / Buzz-Saw 2012. Why? Duh! The Howitzer and Buzz-Saw conquer sports radio, and could conquer the United States of America, one day, at a time….
“This election should not be about political parties. Too many Americans are out of work, and our debt is out of control. This election needs to be about those issues.” – Gov. Susana Martinez (R – NM) Continue reading
In our first episode of Trike Adventures, things get crazy! I was upstairs so I told Thomas and Anthony to go start on the podcast and that I would join them shortly. When I caught up with them, I discovered Rebecca Crane and Corey Brill had joined them for a discussion about…something. Seeking to give the show some direction, I accepted the role as moderator and tried to make some sense out of our 30+ minute free-for-all. Topics include: porn, insults, stories of thievery, almost threesomes, and a little George Washington for good measure. Take a listen and remember: all we can do is try to do better next time.
By Kelen “B Hyphen” Conley
I went to bed last night complaining on Twitter that I probably wouldn’t get to see The Dark Knight Rises in theaters. Having just started a new job, it looks like my comic fandom is going to take a back seat to the real life reality of paying bills. That being said, I was okay with not attending the midnight premiere of DKR. Having attended the Spider-Man 3 premiere in 2007, I realized midnight showings just weren’t for me. I’d rather hit up a matinee the week after the big screening. Less people and a better opportunity for me to focus on the movie.
In Aurora, Colorado this morning, a lone gunmen opening fired during a DKR screening, killing 12 and wounding 58 as of this writing. In the blink of an eye, the worst mass shooting in America’s history had occurred.
And I was complaining about not getting to see it.
As is the norm with any news story, the questions have been coming in droves. What would make someone do this? What impact will this have on this year’s elections? What does this mean for DKR‘s box office? And for DC Comics and Warner Bros.? Was there an accomplice? What does this mean for Hollywood’s box office in general? And how will this be spun in the never ending gun control debate?
While I don’t have all the answers, I can attempt to discuss some of the issues at hand.
The only person who really knows why the shooter did it would be him. I saw an expert on CNN this morning blame his behavior on a desire for attention because his life was going nowhere and how he had been playing shooter video games to get ready for the real thing. I’m no expert at all and I can’t say that she’s wrong. I just know that there was something truly twisted and demented going through the shooter’s head. The fact that he actually acted on it is the afterthought to me.
President Barack Obama already called off his political rallies for the day and it wouldn’t surprise me if Mitt Romney does the same. Once things die down though, I fully expect both parties to rally around the tragedy. I’m not sure what the election scene looks like in Colorado but the idea of running and not mentioning the shooting would be a mistake.
And now I feel icky after writing about politics.
While no one expected DKR to do the numbers The Avengers did, there’s no way this doesn’t affect its weekend bottom line. It’ll no doubt lead the box office but I expect a lot of people will stay away from theaters for fear of copycats. I think DKR will enjoy a longer box office run because of the shooting, however. People who stay away now will be more willing to check it out in August or even early September.
Warner Bros. has already canceled the DKR premiere in Paris, France and the marketing campaign has been suspended in Finland. They also pulled the trailer for Gangster Squad that was supposed to be shown before DKR due to a similar scene in the film that is eerily like the actual tragedy. WB will continue to do all that they can to prevent negative publicity but there’s always going to be a group of people who will lead a boycott or three. I don’t think this should hurt DC Comics too much other than the stray parent who will decide not to let their child make a Batman related purchase.
News reports have been calling this a one man job. The more details I hear makes me wonder if there was an accomplice though. Because there’s so many details we still don’t know, I wouldn’t be surprised if a second name hits the news by this evening. This again falls into the “why?” category but there has to be way the shooter got as prepared for the act as he did. Again, this is just random speculation and we’ll see what comes out in the next few days.
I don’t suspect Hollywood will be too affected by the tragedy. The aforementioned Gangster Squad and similar fare may be retooled and pushed back but Hollywood is always being blamed for violence. Sadly, this is no different.
And even though it never goes away, the gun control debate will rage to new levels. Aurora Police Chief Dan Oates said at a press conference earlier tonight, “All the ammunition he possessed, he possessed legally, all the weapons he possessed, he possessed legally, all the clips he possessed, he possessed legally.” Thomas wrote about a recent run-in he had with the gun control debate a few weeks ago, but this is a new can of worms. Everything before the conference was pure speculation but with the artillery’s origins confirmed, I’d hate to be on the anti-gun control side of things. How can anyone still say that stricter gun laws aren’t needed after this? But then again, how can anyone say that after Columbine and 2 separate shootings at Virginia Tech? Ultimately, even if stronger gun laws are put into place in the future, I still believe it will be way too easy for anyone to get a weapon. And even harder for the gun control debate to end.
I started writing this before work but I didn’t quite finish it before it was time to get on the road. I wasn’t sure what kind of reactions I would hear from my co-workers. I heard a few talking about DKR itself as they had attended midnight showings. Two other people actually brought up the shooting and we talked briefly about how insane it was. The only other discussion I heard about it was from two customers who were chatting in the middle of an aisle. I’m not sure if people didn’t know or if they chose to not care. And while working was a nice break from the tragedy, I wasn’t home 10 minutes before I was digging for new details. I guess it’s just the reporter in me.
I’m not sure what will come to the forefront in the next few days. While the victims should always be the main focus of a story, in today’s media, that just won’t be the case. The shooter’s name will be repeated in countless forms of media, perhaps helping him achieve his reasoning for the act in the first place. The Dark Knight Rises will get some unneeded publicity but the public will continue to file into theaters, although smaller numbers are expected. And people all over the world will debate the gun control issue. Whether anyone tries to pass new laws in response remains to be seen.
So while I’m on the east coast, rambling about a breaking story because I felt the need to, family members of 70 victims aren’t even 24 hours removed from the violence. All I can hope is that they and the community of Aurora are able to pick up the pieces of their lives and find some peace in the fact that the shooter was apprehended.