Time, is it on our side? Yes it is! Because you have about 30 minutes of the S&K podcast ahead of you! As life under quarantine affects how we experience the passage of time, listen to a discussion about what the passage of time means to baseball and football <ugh>. Learn how there is always time to tell football to suck it!
A touching Ode to Weird Al…who is a genuine rock star by the way! It will surprise perhaps no one that the S&K team tie Weird Al’s artistry and multi-layered joking to the myriad ways one may enjoy a baseball game, or ability to simply take it in casually. Implied throughout the discussion is the rotting spectre of football’s over-seriousness and general crapitude!
Locked away but undeterred, the S&K duo spin off from last episode’s 90s discussion into a tasteful and dare we say “earnest” discussion about Pearl Jam–on the occasion of when they would have seen that vaunted band live in Baltimore. Topics unfurled before the listener’s ears, despite coronavirus protocols, include fanhood, the “look” and “sound” of that band, its maturity early on and maturation over the last 30 years. They are incomparable–in contrast to the worst sport (comparable to all things sucky)–Football!
What else do Steve and Keith suck at? Music! Culture! The longtime listener of the podcast may recall numerous references and rant-odes to 90s music, and today the boys discuss Keith’s experience seeing a 90s cover band and debate how a cover band might put a playlist together, complete with speculative analysis about what ever became of the Nineties. No sport occurs in this recording, just like on the football field. Boo-yah!
A media-gobbling monstrosity is gone! The gargoyle of television is no more! No, football is still with us, sadly–we mean Game of Thrones. The end of the show brings a story-centric conclusion to a show that’s been more about whiz-bang death and calamitous pizzazz. What happens when writers attempt to tie off this entertainment phenomenon in a way left normally to aesthetes? Does it work? Is it better or worse than football? You know the answer!
How does the theoretical “economy of outrage” factor into sports, and which sports are built to thrive in it? The Kentucky Derby suffered an unprecedented reversal of its champion because of a ‘foul,’ during the race. This legalistic protestation and ‘shocking’ result in an all-or-nothing sport resembles football. Can baseball help us withstand the monetary spurs of outrage? Listen to find out.
We have a year to think about a new pitching rule in baseball, and Steve and Keith waste no time dissecting what it will mean for the game for pitchers to have to face at least three batters or last until the end of an inning. It’s not bad! But what are the aesthetics? How does football suuuuck? Find out in this episode.
It’s been so long since we broadcast this episode, we forgot what it was about! Enjoy a surprise on us!
Who tires of the Super Bowl? Not us! Not America! Always one of our most rich mines for both fresh and retread material about football’s wrecked aesthetic and baseball’s timeless value, your hosts enthrall in the ribald and flock to the joc-ular in this splendiferous calsutrade of torundular sucktitude!
Steve catches Keith not preparing for the pod when he texts about the big Rams-Saints game in which the end is utterly predictable and lacking a purpose. The game is further invalidated when the referees fail to call an obvious, and major, pass interference penalty. Why did we even turn the TV on?? As a momentary distraction, Scott Fitzgerald’s comments on football enter the discussion. Next time–Superbowl…is it named after an oversized toilet? Probably!