Band Aid Turns 30!

It’s that time of the decade again (years ending in “4” or “9” since 1984), and, unfortunately, there is still reason for money to be sent to help people in Africa. This time the ebola epidemic is the cause. Despite some lyrical changes and your usual onslaught of today’s artists of note, Bono is still singing the money line, thirty years later. Sinead O’Connor does her part by providing the unintentional comedy and curious wonderment as to why she received the invite.

Boris Diaw Passing – High Art

There isn’t anyone quite like Boris Diaw. On the remarkable precipice of another San Antonio Spurs NBA Championship (there is no conceivable way that Miami can win three games in a row unless 2014 Dwyane Wade can miraculously become 2006 Dwayne Wade again and the Spurs forget how to play basketball), the much maligned meal enjoyer and Charlotte Bobcats reject has become my favorite Spur not named Manu for his ability to paint the most beautiful form of basketball art. Always a sucker for passing greatness (growing up on Larry Bird did that to the youthful malleability of yours truly), Mr. Diaw IS one of the modern greats.

This behind-the-back to Tiago Splitter in Game 3 is only the icing on his gorgeous assist cake career:

As Boris has often done in the offseason (French food can be heavy at times!), you are hereby invited to indulge…

Billy on the Street: The Meryl-Go-Round!

Each time I think he cannot conceivably go any further, Billy Eichner reaches into his singular brand of pop-cultured referential comedy and redefines what is possible. I am not sure I have seen more effort put into an irreverent comedic sketch and the host/sportscaster announcing thereof. This is priceless humor, well-excuted direction (especially for Fuse!), and Billy on the Street at his absolute apex.

May we all get “More chicken for Tucci! More chicken for Tucci!” INCREDIBLE.

New “Game of Thrones” trailer quotation excitement power rankings

Let’s be honest, everything here excites.  Here is my ranking of the best quotations from this riveting second trailer for season 4 of Game of Thrones, on a scale from “I am so excited” to “I am SOOOOOO excited.”  48 days!

6) “I will not be the page in somebody else’s history book.” – Stannis Baratheon

5) “The day will come when you when your joy will turn to ashes in your mouth and you will know the debt is paid.” – Cersei Lannister

4) “Joffrey. Cersei. Tywin Lannister. The Red Woman. I can’t sleep until I say the names…only the ones I’m going to kill.” – Arya Stark

3) “The Lannisters aren’t the only ones who pay their debts.” – Oberyn Martell

2) “If you want justice, you’ve come to the wrong place.” Tyrion Lannister

1) “I will do what queens do. I will rule.” – Danaerys Targaryen

TV Moment of the Week: Jason Jones of “The Daily Show” explores homophobia in Russia

There are fewer and fewer places left in the United States where The Daily Show satirical tactics can still be put over on an unsuspecting interviewee.  Thankfully, this is not the case in Russia. Jason Jones takes full advantage in one of his all-time best field reports about the rampant governmental and social homophobia in Russia.