The Most Significant 2018 Super Bowl Ads

February 9, 2018

Last year I took some time to review the advertisements in the Super Bowl.  We saw that after a particularly divisive election many of the advertisements took on a particularly political tone.  Would the same happen this year in the wake of #metoo?  Or would advertisers tone down the social commentary and aim more for brand building and light humor?  Weirdly enough I mentioned 2004’s “wardrobe malfunction” in my introduction…


The Best NFL Playoff Games

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January 22, 2018

The playoffs for any sporting league are a special time of year.  Fans of the teams that made it are able to keep their dreams alive, and even fans of the teams eliminated are prepared to enjoy the spectacle.  Playoffs famously attract attention even from casual fans and non-fans of the game, increasing viewership and excitement. Why is this?  If we were to assume an equal distribution of fans, and…


The Last Jedi Is A Discombobulated Incoherent Mess

January 11, 2018

Spoilers for Star Wars: The Last Jedi and probably unpopular opinions follows! It is perhaps fitting that we will be seeing annual Star Wars movies every December for the foreseeable future.  If these trends keep up, it means I won’t lack for grievances to air when Festivus rolls around. The Last Jedi is a bad movie, despite it being somewhat enjoyable to watch.  Unlike Rogue One, the characters are somewhat developed…


Rampant Recap of the 2017 NFL Season

January 8, 2018

The NFL 2017 regular season is over, and so it’s time for the Rampant Discourse crew to take a look back on our pre-season predictions to see how we did with a 2017 NFL season recap. In order to compare how we did, we came up with a (mostly) arbitrary scoring system. Here’s how it works: 5 points are awarded for correctly picking the division winner 1 point is awarded…


Reading Challenge Results for 2017

January 4, 2018

Welcome to my recap of my 2017 Goodreads reading challenge.  That’s right, winter has arrived, so it’s time to curl up an enjoy a good book while staying nice and warm.  Hopefully this long read will provide new books to seek out for yourself, or even better inspire you to spend more time reading.  Maybe it will even convince Paul to change his priorities and read some books in 2018!…


The Last Jedi Isn’t the Star Wars Movie You’re Looking For (And That’s a Good Thing)

December 22, 2017

SPOILER ALERT: Spoilers for Star Wars: The Last Jedi follows. Another December, another new Disney Star Wars movie.  While The Force Awakens and Rogue One had their detractors, The Last Jedi has attracted a vociferous reaction from irate fans.  The criticism feels short-sighted and reactionary.  This movie requires a tad more thought than previous Star Wars installments; it relies on its audience to fill in some key gaps.  It rejects most of the…


Everything Wrong with Star Wars: The Last Jedi

December 21, 2017

SPOILER ALERT: Spoilers for Star Wars: The Last Jedi follows. You might have heard, there’s a new Star Wars movie out, and there are two big takeaways from its opening weekend: The movie is going to make a lot of money The audience reaction to the movie is a little less stellar than the overwhelmingly positive critical reaction I saw the movie last week, and while I don’t think it’s…


Rampant Reactions For NFL 2017 Season: Third Quarter

December 5, 2017

The NFL season is over three quarters of the way through, so it’s time to check in on some pre-season predictions and react to the season thus far. Paul Says: AFC North: In our predictions for the season, I said of the AFC North, “This one is too easy”, and so far it has been. Despite some early season struggles and a surprising start for the Ravens, the Steelers are not…


The Pain and Pleasure of Movie Trailers

November 30, 2017

The first Avengers: Infinity War trailer was released yesterday, and so it seemed like a good time to talk about something that I’m a big fan of: Movie Trailers. But before we go any further, let’s take a few minutes to view that Infinity War trailer one more time… Still hasn’t gotten old, despite probably a dozen viewings. May 4th can’t come soon enough. Get this man a shield. I’m a bit…


Thor: Ragnarok Review

November 9, 2017

SPOILER ALERT: Spoilers for Thor: Ragnarok follows. When it comes to fans of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, I appear to be a bit of an outlier in the sense that I’ve actually enjoyed the Thor movies thus far and have always felt they were under-rated. In fact, I enjoyed the first two Thor movies more than I did Iron Man 2 and 3. Some people consider Thor bland, but I…