Movie-Inspired Halloween Costumes 2015

Coming off of New York’s Comic Con Week, and with it being the middle of October already, there’s no better time than now to begin planning your Halloween costume. Although all ideas kinda suck now after seeing the guy who built his own 9.5 foot Iron Man “Hulkbuster” suit at NYCC…

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We’re not worthy.

My own personal Halloween costume history is exactly why I needed a list like this. I haven’t dressed up in 3 years. The last time I did, I was Deputy Marshall Raylan Givens from Justified on FX…and nobody got it. My attempt at Mad TV’sDrunk Kenny Rogers” in college was a valiant effort, but I could use something relevant and awesome this year for much needed ice-breakers.

For my own benefit, and likely yours, let’s take a look at the movies this year that offer the BEST costume ideas for October 31st.

Mad Max: Fury Road

If you follow this site, then you know that we’ve talked A LOT about Fury Road this year. One of the best films of 2015, a fun way to compare pro athletes, and an EASY resource for costume ideas. We thank the beautiful twisted mind of George Miller for making these possible.

‘Mad’ Max Rockatansky

Tom Hardy Mad Max

Mad Max Mask

Very obvious choice and not a shabby one at that. You could go with the updated Tom Hardy uniform featuring the classic football right shoulder pad, a sweet military-esque jacket with a dirtied up thermal. Or you can go “Blood Bag Max” with his prisoner mask and chain trailing behind you.

Furiosa

Furiosa

Charlize Theron rocked it as Furiosa and so can you if you’re willing to buzz your hair. If you choose to, you get my full support and can blame me for it if you get any flack.

Warboys & Immortan Joe

Warboys

You can either assemble your super pale crew, take your shirts off, and CHROME UP

…or be the scariest looking person at your party. I doubt you’ll regret either choice.

Bonus points if you can pull this off, flames and all.

Mad Max Guitarist

Ex Machina

Ava

Ava Ex Machina

This costume would take some creativity, but I would dub you the winner of your costume party if you could pull it off. Ex Machina was an early candidate for one of the best films of the year, incredibly suspenseful, and Alicia Vikander became my newest Hollywood crush thanks to her performance as Ava and again in Man From UNCLE. 

Avengers: Age of Ultron

The Avengers

MARVEL'S AVENGERS: AGE OF ULTRON

Dressing up as any of the Avengers (Hulk, Captain America, Thor, Iron Man, Black Widow, Hawkeye) will be relevant every year, especially going forward as the heroes continue to mesh in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. You’ll be getting ahead of game if you can dress as Cap or Tony Stark facing off for Civil War. Highly recommended for any “group” costume.

Ultron

Ultron AOU

If the “Hulkbuster” costume is possible (from the top of the post), then so is Ultron. Bonus points if you can pull off the red lights for eyes and James Spader voice of evil.

The Vision

The Vision

Wanna steal the show this Halloween? Do like Paul Bettany and be The Vision. Is it me, or was Vision the ultimate one-upper in Age of Ultron?

Ant-Man

Scott Lang / Ant-Man

Ant-Man

Marvel surprised several doubters who didn’t think Ant-Man would work in a stand alone film. Paul Rudd, Michael Pena and some hilarious writing set the film apart from the other Marvel installments. Commemorate their achievement and throw on the Ant-Man suit, while also preparing for his appearance in the upcoming Civil War. 

(Pym Particle Shrinking Capabilities Not Included)

Inside Out

Inside Out characters

Need a group costume? Boom! You can get out the body paint, wigs, and FEELINGS dressed as Fear (Bill Hader), Disgust (Mindy Kaling), Joy (Amy Poehler), Sadness (Phyllis Smith), and Anger (Lewis Black).

Jurassic World

JW Raptors

I’ve been very vocal with my disappointment in Jurassic World, HOWEVER…

Imagine someone dressed as Chris Pratt’s character with a whole gang of stuffed raptors attached to them. Or you can dress as raptors with the rest of your friends. Simply…raptor squad!!!

Straight Outta Compton

Straight Outta Compton

90’s hip hop seems to be making a huge comeback with today’s culture, and I love it. Any group willing to rock the chains, flat billed hats, white sneakers and curls at a Halloween party would be on a different level of badassery.

The Martian

The Martian astronauts

My biggest takeaway after seeing The Martian was “Damn, Astronauts are cool again!” The suit may get warm, the helmet could be a little bit of a nuisance, but your space related pick-up lines would be EPIC!

Note: All the ones I found on Google had to do with Uranus. So please Tweet me some better ones.

Spectre

Spectre Bond

I think it’s ALWAYS acceptable to SUIT UP like James Bond, but if you’re someone who needs an excuse…SPECTRE HITS THEATERS IN A FEW WEEKS! If you couldn’t tell, I’m a little excited.

The End of the Tour

David Foster Wallace

Jason Segel

Perhaps not something that many would get if you felt compelled to throw on a bandana, a pair of glasses, avoid shaving for a few days, and go 90’s grunge with your getup. I, however, would greatly appreciate anyone who enjoyed Jason Segel’s performance as David Foster Wallace as much as I did and decided to go out as the excellent writer on Halloween.

The Peanuts Movie

Peanuts Movie

If there was ever a time for you and your friends to dress up as Charlie Brown, Lucy, Linus, Snoopy and company, this Halloween would be as good as any. The Peanuts Movie will be out the next weekend and you’ll probably have The Great Pumpkin special on ABC recording on your DVR anyway.

Star Wars Episode VII: 

The Force Awakens

Clearly the most anticipated film in years is around the corner, and we’re all dusting off our lightsabers from our formative years. I can’t wait to see this year’s crop of costumes representing both older characters and new!

Han Solo & Chewbacca

Han and Chewie

Amazing how Chewie hasn’t aged a day, isn’t it? If you plan on going out as this dynamic duo, please have a decent Wookie call. If you don’t, then don’t bother.

Rylo Ken

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Just like you and I, Rylo Ken is a HUGE Fanboy/Fangirl for Darth Vader. Who doesn’t want to see a broadsword lightsaber fight in the middle of their Halloween party?

Captain Phasma

Captain Phasma

Get ahead of the game and get well acquainted with the next “Boba Fett” type character for the Star Wars franchise. Captain Phasma, played by Gwendoline Christie (aka Brienne of Tarth from Game of Thrones), only gets glimpses during in the trailers we’ve seen, but JJ Abrams can’t help but rave about the new Star Wars baddie.

Rey & Finn

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Meet “The Resistance”. It’s not totally clear what their backgrounds are, but Rey and Finn will likely be getting lightsabers and possibly their own “couple” hashtag after the first screening of Episode VII. Be careful with that “couple talk” though…You never know where story arcs will go with Star Wars characters.

Poe Dameron

Poe Dameron

Oscar Isaac’s new character has a Han Solo shine to him but more importantly, YOU GET TO DRESS UP AS AN X-WING FIGHTER!

Did you get some ideas for Halloween from this post? Do you have some better ones? Let me know on Twitter or Facebook

Superhero Poll: ‘Batman vs. Superman’ or ‘Captain America vs. Iron Man’

Ant-Man premiered last night, and it was good…Oh, was it good.

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The film does an excellent job maintaining an upbeat tone. May even be more of a comedy, but that’s refreshing coming off of Age of Ultron. Paul Rudd was definitely the right choice, Evangeline Lilly was a badass, and Michael Pena steals the show. Aside from some really awkward editing and cutaways, Ant-Man wasn’t the “doomed movie” people expected it to be. As you probably know, the #1 rule to Marvel films is to not leave before the credits are over (besides Ultron). Fans looking forward to what’s next get an excellent tease for the upcoming installment for “Phase III” of the Marvel Universe. While Marvel Studios wasn’t as prevalent at Comic-Con San Diego this year as it has been in the past, Ant-Man provides enough promotion and a taste for Captain America: Civil War. 

DC, on the other hand, put on the full-court press for Batman vs. Superman: Dawn of Justice. The epic trailer, which looked even cooler in IMAX before Ant-Man, has fans buzzing and excited for the Dark Knight and Man of Steel to finally throw down.

“Nobody cares about Clark Kent taking on the Batman.” Speak for yourself, Laurence Fishburne.

You may recall that there was already a battle between Marvel and Warner Bros for their movies’ release dates in 2016. Both studios had a staring contest while eyeing May 6th, and the WB flinched by moving Superman v. Batman up to Easter weekend, March 25th. While the rivalry in the box office will be interesting, the fights on the screen are what we care about most.

Batman and Superman will be fun, but what about Captain America vs. Iron Man? We saw the tension between the super-soldier and the self described “genius billionaire playboy philanthropist“. While Steve Rogers and Tony Stark duke it out, we get to enjoy it…like Thor will from up in Asgard.

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So which of the two superhero clashes are you looking forward to the most? Vote here and let’s talk about it on Facebook and Twitter!

Time To Exhale – Avengers: Age of Ultron

A week after the premiere felt like the proper amount of time to digest Marvel’s “Phase II” epic, Avengers: Age of Ultron and to comprehend what that was I saw in IMAX 3D.

Rather than write a “review” of the movie, I consider this as a collection of thoughts and reaction regarding what I saw on the screen and heard from people after. If you haven’t seen the film, DO NOT READ ANY FURTHER. THERE ARE PROBABLY, MORE THAN LIKELY, SPOILERS! I would recommend going to see it and coming back to this for discussion though.

So let’s begin now…

Avengers: Age of Ultron wasn’t great, but it didn’t have to be…

The movie itself was a blast. The action scenes were incredible and it was cool to see each Avenger have fighting chemistry with their teammates right off the bat as they took on Baron von Strucker’s snow covered Hydra base…most notably the combo uses of Thor’s hammer and Captain America’s shield. The banter and Joss Whedon’s influenced snappy comebacks also kept the mood light…not just with the Avengers while they experienced their own turmoil, but with Ultron himself (which I’ll talk about further on).

However, the editing was choppy and there were some excruciatingly slow moments that took away from the action packed ride. A comment from WGN and Rivet Radio host James VanOsdol stuck out to me on Twitter when he referred to it as “The Age of Dulltron”,  right before I went to see the movie. I really don’t blame him for thinking so, but I also found a lot of the film to be more necessary than anything.

Much of ‘Age of Ultron’ was heavy for character development and plot…especially for what’s to come in “Phase III”. (Here Come Some of Spoilers so it’s on you now if you haven’t seen the movie) 

I’ll begin with the day dreams that Scarlet Witch placed in each of the Avengers’ minds, whom were effected:

Tony Stark: Tony is the first to have a spell casted on, which sparks the creation of Ultron…and his apparent “heel turn“. While getting a good look at von Strucker’s basement weapons of mass scariness, Scarlet Witch casts her spell, which forces Tony to envision his greatest fear…He sees all of his Avengers teammates laid up on meteor-like platform, either dead or dying. It looks like something we’ve seen Thanos standing upon in his collective brief appearances. Tony is the last Avenger standing while Captain America grabs for him, and in his dying breath says “You could have saved us.” And so begins the tension we see between Tony and Cap throughout the film, foreshadowing to the plot of Captain America III: Civil War.

Tony also gets a good look at what appears to be a fleet of aliens on their way to annihilate Earth…So much for Earth’s mightiest heroes. My instant thought was, “Is this a look at the eventual endgame film, Infinity Wars?” This would be a good time to call the Guardians of the Galaxy, right?

Thor: This was the other more significant vision that was casted by Scarlet Witch. During the run-in with Ultron in Wakanda, Scarlet Witch’s purpose is to tear apart the Avengers from within their minds. Thor’s dream involves him seeing Asgard in absolute terror, and a one-on-one battle with Heimdall (played by Idris Elba). Heimdall blamed Thor for what appeared to be war and destruction in his supposed kingdom, which eludes to the next Thor film “Ragnarok”. Ragnarok refers to Asgard’s version of the apocalypse. With Loki on the throne posing as Odin and Thanos in hot pursuit of infinity stones, seems like a recipe for that kind of disaster. Thor’s vision does prompt him to further investigate the significance of the infinity stones and who may be after them, so it all makes sense.

Black Widow: Natasha’s vision seemed more relevant to the present than what could happen in the future. It also gave the audience some insight to how she came to be and how she views herself. I actually correlate it more with the storyline from the ‘Agent Peggy Carter’ series, as we saw Russian girls being trained to become absolute killing machines for presumedly Hydra. I’ll go into Black Widow’s storyline (and apparent backlash) later, but this dream did seem to go on for too long.

Captain America: I don’t think Scarlet Witch’s spell caused conflict for Steve Rogers as much as it helped him overcome a hurdle in his arc. The hopeless romantic in me was excited to see Steve finally getting that dance with Agent Carter, even if it wasn’t real. Captain America’s mindset had been stuck in the past for more than 3 films now and it was about time for him to leave it there. Having the opportunity to start SHIELD back over and run the New Avengers training facility gives him purpose again. Captain America can finally be the new man that came out of the ice…not the one that was frozen there.

I’d be terrified to see what Bruce Banner saw in his vision…

Ultron was SO James Spader…

It was really hard to not picture Red from ‘The Blacklist’ or Robert California whenever Ultron spoke…

Ultron was very much more human than I anticipated. He cared about being compared to Tony Stark. He cared about what he looked like. And he cared about Scarlet Witch…That last part may have surprised me the most.

I liked that about Ultron. He showed some vulnerability throughout the film that you don’t get from robots or computer programs, like Jarvis. That’s what made Vincent D’Onofrio’s adaptation of The Kingpin so good in Daredevil. At times, you found yourself rooting for the villain…until he did something so despicable that it was hard to keep the pom poms up.

I never found myself rooting for Ultron, but I did consider him to be likable. He was very witty, with some Tony Stark influence. A comparison to Loki would be fair, with better one-liners. Ultron didn’t seem to like hurting innocent people, not until the end at least. Even when he cut off the hand of Ulysses Klaue (played by Andy Serkis…yes, the same guy who does the voice of Gollum from Lord of the Rings) in a fit of rage, he felt bad about doing it…at first.

You could try to compartmentalize what Ultron was doing. He was designed by Tony to protect the Earth, not necessarily humans. And although an attempt to eliminate billions of people sounds pretty harsh, he did seem to care for a few…the Inhuman Maximoff twins, that is. But at the end of the day, Ultron wasn’t going to do much past this film and it’s for the better that The Vision took care of that.

The Black Widow thing…

There has been a lot of backlash toward the way Black Widow was depicted and I don’t really get it. Are superhero romances a little weird in movies that are meant to be that action packed? Maybe…But didn’t it make sense? A comparison I liken Natasha and Bruce Banner to is that of another Joss Whedon produced couple…Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Angel.

Referring to the vision she had under Scarlet Witch’s spell, Natasha explains that she is no less of a monster than Banner is as the Hulk. There’s nothing wrong with sympathizing with two characters you don’t expect to do so with. Like Buffy, Natasha has lived a life of killing and sticking to the mission. Like Angel, Banner has always been the one terrifying EVERYONE. What’s the matter with either of them growing in a way you wouldn’t expect?

Then there is the perception that Black Widow was portrayed as a “damsel in distress.” – You realize that the Avengers wouldn’t have found Ultron if she hadn’t been taken captive and created her own makeshift radio/homing beacon, right?…And continued to kick ass in an almost impossible battle.

Other things…

  • The introduction of Klaue and Wakanda segway to the eventual debut of Black Panther, who was confirmed today to appear in Cap 3: Civil War along with Ant-Man. Since Wakanda is now officially part of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, we’ll see more references in Ant-Man this summer or perhaps get the debut of Black Panther/T’Challa
  • The “my girlfriend’s better than your girlfriend” argument Thor and Stark have is adorable, but I wish Jane Foster and Pepper Potts were actually in the movie.
  • When do Agents of SHIELD finally appear in the Marvel films? With Agent Coulson “dying” and igniting the team in the first film, wouldn’t they be thrilled to see him in the second? The Agents would probably have loved dealing with the Maximoff twins as well.
  • I liked the Avengers take on Quicksilver. Obviously with FOX having the rights to X-Men, he had to be very different than the Evan Peters version. Still good, but THIS will forever be one of my favorite superhero movie scenes ever.
  • Hawkeye may have been the funniest character in the whole movie, and having him as a moral compass (kind of like Coulson) was refreshing compared to the first film.
  • The Vision RULES! And that’s all I’ll say about that.
  • With Thanos assumedly jumping into the action, how soon do we see him come face-to-face with an Avenger? My bet is Thor 3: Ragnarok, as he is hunting for the Infinity stones in Asguard’s keeping. Thanos would also bring the type of chaos that Loki would want…and also regret.
  • Anyone else stay ALL THE WAY TILL AFTER THE CREDITS? Of course you did. And you were disappointed when you found nothing, like I did.

Comment here with your own thoughts and reactions. You can also Tweet me @Mike_PiFF03.

#TBT Year in Review: 2011

Although it was just 4 years ago, 2011 still qualifies as a Throwback Thursday material

  • President Barack Obama announces Osama bin Laden was killed in an American Military Operation
  • Two billion people watched Prince William, the Duke of Cambridge, marry Catherine Middleton…They’ve had two children since
  • Occupy Wall Street protests begins in the US Sept. 17…The Occupy Movement then spread to 82 different countries by October 
  • A 9.0-Magnitude earthquake and tsunami hit eastern Japan, with tsunami warnings being issued to 50 other countries and territories. Emergencies were declared at 4 Nuclear power plants effected by the earthquake
  • “The Macho Man” Randy Savage passed away at the age of 58.
And here’s what we saw from the world’s of Movies, Music, and Sports

Movies

Comedy

Bridesmaids, Paul, Hangover II, No Strings Attached, Friends With Benefits, Hall Pass, Horrible Bosses, Crazy, Stupid, Love., Your Highness, 30 Minutes or Less, Bad Teacher, Zookeeper, Midnight in Paris, Larry Crowne, Tower Heist, Arthur, The Sitter, Take Me Home Tonight, The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel, 50/50, The Big Year, Mr. Popper’s Penguins, Bernie, AND…

The Muppets

Action/Thriller

Captain America: The First Avenger, Rise of the Planet of the Apes, X-Men: First Class, Unknown, Hanna, Limitless, Fast Five, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hollows – Part 2, Source Code, The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, Headhunters, Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol, Wrecked, The Raid: Redemption, Immortals, Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows, Haywire, Sanctum, The Skin I Live In, Elephant White, In Time, The Adjustment Bureau, The Ledge, Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance, The Devil’s Double, Season of the Witch, The Roommate, Drive Angry, I Am Number Four, Contagion, Priest, Killer Elite, AND…

Drive

Drama

The Artist, The Descendants, The Tree of Life, The Lincoln Lawyer, The Ides of March, Warrior, Water For Elephants, The Help, Warhorse, One Day, The Separation, Detachment, Like Crazy, My Week With Marilyn, Carnage, Another Earth, Beastly, United, Jane Eyre, Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close, Albert Nobbs, Shame, Too Big To Fail, 1911, Win Win, W.E., J. Edgar, Wreckers, Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy, AND…

Moneyball

Animated

The Adventures of Tintin: The Secret of the Unicorn, Cars 2, Puss in Boots, Rio, Kung Fu Panda 2, Arthur Christmas, Gnomeo & Juliet, Winnie the Pooh, Hop, The Smurfs, AND…

Rango

The 84th Academy Awards

Best Actor

  • Demian Bichir, A Better Life
  • George Clooney, The Descendants
  • Gary Oldman, Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy
  • Brad Pitt, Moneyball
  • Jean Dujardin, The Artist – Winner 

Best Supporting Actor

  • Kenneth Branaugh, My Week With Marilyn
  • Jonah Hill, Moneyball
  • Nick Nolte, Warrior
  • Max Von Sydow, Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close
  • Christopher Plummer, Beginners – Winner

Best Actress

  • Glenn Close, Albert Nobbs
  • Viola Davis, The Help
  • Rooney Mara, Girl with the Dragon Tattoo
  • Michelle Williams, My Week with Marilyn
  • Meryl Streep, The Iron Lady – Winner

Best Supporting Actress

  • Berenice Bejo, The Artist
  • Jessica Chastain, The Help
  • Melissa McCarthy, Bridesmaids
  • Janet McTeer, Arthur Hobbs
  • Octavia Spencer, The Help – Winner 

Best Picture

  • Hugo
  • Midnight in Paris
  • Moneyball
  • Warhorse
  • The Tree of Life
  • The Descendants
  • Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close
  • The Help
  • The Artist – Winner

Music

Rock Albums

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Hip Hop Albums

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Pop Albums

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Billboard Year-End Top 25

1. “Rolling In The Deep” – Adele

2. “Party Rock Anthem” – LMFAO

3. “Firework” – Katy Perry

4. “E.T.” – Katy Perry featuring Kanye West

5. “Give Me Everything” – Pitbull featuring Ne-Yo

6. “Grenade” – Bruno Mars

7. “F**K You” – Cee Lo Green

8. “Super Bass” – Nicki Minaj

9. “Moves Like Jagger” – Maroon 5 featuring Christina Aguilera

10. “Just Can’t Get Enough” – The Black Eyed Peas

11. “On the Floor” – Jennifer Lopez featuring Pit Bull

12. “S&M” – Rihanna

13. “Pumped Up Kicks” – Foster the People

14. “Last Friday Night (T.G.I.F.)” – Katy Perry

15. “Just The Way You Are” – Bruno Mars

16. “Tonight (I’m Loving You)” – Enrique Iglesias

17. “Raise Your Glass” – Pink

18. “Born This Way” – Lady Gaga

19. “F**k’n Perfect” – Pink

20. “What’s My Name” – Rihanna featuring Drake

21. “Look at Me Now” – Chris Brown featuring Lil Wayne and Busta Rhymes

22. “Down On Me” – Jeremih featuring 50 Cent

23. “How To Love” – Lil Wayne

24. “Someone Like You” – Adele

25. “Good Life” – OneRepublic 

Sports

Baseball

League Leaders:

Offensive:

Average: Miguel Cabrera (DET) – .344

Hits: Michael Young (TEX) & Adrian Gonzalez (BOS) – 213

Home Runs: Jose Bautista (TOR) – 43

RBI: Matt Kemp (LAD) – 126

OPS: Jose Bautista (TOR) – 1.056

Stolen Bases: Michael Bourn (HOU & ATL) – 61

Pitching

Wins: Justin Verlander (DET) – 24

ERA: Clayton Kershaw (LAD) – 2.28

Strikeouts: Justin Verlander (DET) – 250

Complete Games: James Shields (TB) – 11

Shutouts: Cliff Lee (PHI) – 6

Saves: Jose Valverde (DET) – 49 

MVP

AL – Justin Verlander (DET)

NL – Ryan Braun (MIL)

CY Young

AL – Justin Verlander (DET)

NL – Clayton Kershaw (LAD)

Rookie of the Year

AL – Jeremy Hellickson (TB)

NL – Craig Kimbrell (ATL) 

World Series: St. Louis Cardinals over Texas Rangers (4-3)

Basketball

NCAA 

Final Four:

(3) UConn, (11) VCU, (4) Kentucky, and (8) Butler

National Championship:

(3) UConn over (8) Butler 53-41

NBA

League Leaders

Points Per Game: Kevin Durant (OKC) – 27.7

Rebounds Per Game: Kevin Love (MIN) – 15.2

Assists Per Game: Steve Nash (PHX) – 11.4

All-NBA Team

Kobe Bryant (LAL)

Kevin Garnett (BOS)

Dwight Howard (ORL)

LeBron James (MIA)

Derrick Rose (CHI) 

MVP: Derrick Rose (CHI)

Rookie of the Year: Blake Griffin (LAC)

NBA Finals: Dallas Mavericks over Miami Heat (4-2)

Football

NCAA

Heisman Trophy

Robert Griffin III, Baylor

National Championship

Alabama over LSU 21-0 

NFL

League Leaders

Passing Yards: Drew Brees (NO) – 5,476

Passing Touchdowns: Drew Brees (NO) – 46

Passer Rating: Aaron Rodgers (GB) – 122.5

Rushing Yards: Maurice Jones-Drew (JAX) – 1,606

Rushing Touchdowns: LeSean McCoy (PHI) – 17

Receiving Yards: Calvin Johnson (DET) – 1,681

Receiving Touchdowns: Rob Gronkowski (NE) – 17

Receptions: Wes Welker – 122

AP MVP

Aaron Rodgers (GB)

Super Bowl

New York Giants over the New England Patriots 21-17 

Hockey 

League Leaders

Goals: Corey Perry (ANA) – 50 

Assists: Henrik Sedin (VAN) – 75

Points: Daniel Sedin (VAN) – 104 

Hart Memorial Trophy

Corey Perry (ANA) 

Stanley Cup

Boston Bruins over Vancouver Cannucks (4-3) 

Did I miss anything? Let me know on Twitter @Mike_PiFF03.

Also checkout past #TBT Years in Review

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1987

Seattle vs. New England: Everything BUT Football

I love Super Bowl week.

Media Day, All-Time great commercial countdowns, the constant NFL Films replaying of Super Bowls past, food…

It’s the best.

Once #DeflateGate finally blows over (if it ever does), we’ll see the game itself broken down in every way possible and multiple prop bet odds fluctuating up until Idina Menzel starts belting out our National Anthem. We’ll get trash talking from coast-to-coast and perhaps a gentleman’s bet between Ed Murray and Martin Walsh, the mayors of Seattle and Boston.

We DO however have an epic bet going between Star-Lord (Chris Pratt) and Captain America (Chris Evans)

Pratt vs Evans

I would like to heat up the trash talk between the two regions by widening the scope and digging deeper into more than football. By comparing Seattle and New England (Boston) in categories such as music, TV, movies, other sports, beer, etc, we’ll be able to formulate a prediction for the Sunday’s outcome that’s as logical as an elephant choosing the winner…or a tiger.

That was awesome.

Anywho…

Music

In Seattle…

As part of Dave Grohl’s “Sonic Highways” docu-series following the cool concept of the Foo Fighters’ cross country recording journey for their latest album, Grohl and HBO focused on the Seattle music scene. While the central theme was how bands like Nirvana, Pearl Jam, Soundgarden and Alice in Chains almost literally blew up your FM frequencies, helping to create the alternative genre, grunge wasn’t the only calling card for Seattle.

During the post-war era (1945-1975), Seattle produced three of the industry’s all-time great black musicians. Ray Charles recorded his first single and made his television and radio debuts in Seattle. Quincy Jones played as an instrumentalist in Bumps Blackwell’s band. And before he went to England to start recording to eventually gain worldwide fame, Jimi Hendrix was rocking the clubs in Seattle on a nightly basis…In Hip-Hop, most of you know that Macklemore is from Seattle, but did you know Sir Mix A Lot was too? Seattle has also been the hub for current indie music acts, including Sunny Day Real Estate, The Postal Service, Death Cab for Cutie, The Head and the Heart, Fleet Foxes and (one of my favorites) Band of Horses.

In Boston…

I wanted to preface this in the beginning, but we find in a lot of these categories to be “Old School vs. New School” with New England representing a lot of the former. Of course we have to start with the “Bad Boys from Boston”, Aerosmith. Also fondly referred to as “America’s Greatest Rock and Roll Band”, they certainly score big points in this game. Add (the band) Boston, The Cars, and J. Geils Band to the list of bands yours dad (and I) really likes.

But wait, there’s more! While New Edition and Bell Biv Devoe rocked your oversized boom box, Donna Summer had the last dance. Raise your hand if you had a New Kids On The Block lunch box…Marky Mark might have. Add Powerman 5000, American Hi-Fi, The Mighty Mighty Bosstones, Guster, and The Dear Hunter and you get a pretty good feel for the Boston music scene.

Also Dropkick Murphys, Extreme and Pixies…Oh my!

Who Gets The Edge?

I found myself torn between the two, so I asked a couple of music experts and enthusiasts for their thoughts:

“Both great legacies. I couldn’t possibly pick one over the other, as four of my favorite bands of all time come from each city: Mission of Burma and Morphine (Boston/Cambridge) and Fastbacks and Mudhoney (Seattle). Also Tad makes up for the rise of Candlebox in Seattle, and the Cars make me want to forgive Boston for the existence of Extreme.” – Greg Kot, Chicago Tribune Music Critic 

“Hard to not pick Boston just because I have so many musician friends there, but Seattle is formidable. I will call it a draw.” – Len Kasper, Chicago Cubs Television Broadcaster and musician.

See! Not that easy.

However, I’m a firm believer in quality over quantity and Seattle’s scene from the 90’s and recently is too good to deny. Plus, they don’t have a band like Extreme to worry about canceling out.

TV

Set in Seattle…

When we see Seattle depicted on television, what impressions do we get? Progressive, new age, rainy?

Twin Peaks, Weeds, Grey’s Anatomy, The Killing (aka The show that makes me genuinely afraid of Seattle.) And of course…

Frasier. 

Set in Boston…

There’s a handful of the typical (but still good) “Boston” themed shows. Boston LegalBoston Public, Boston Commons (yeah, I said it.)…Wahlburg is basically a synonym for “Boston” so Wahlburgers is included. Fringe, Leverage, and Rizzoli & Isles too. Ally McBeal is your “Grey’s” equivalent. And then there’s the real Boston heavyweight…

Cheers. 

Who Gets The Edge?

At the end of the day, its Frasier vs. Cheers isn’t it? And there wouldn’t be a Frasier without Cheers. So Boston gets the win here.

Movies

In Seattle…

Yes Chick-Flick lovers, Sleepless in Seattle is a classic. But it’s not Seattle’s only claim to fame in the genre. 10 Things I Hate About You, Love Happens, An Officer and a Gentleman, the upcoming Fifty Shades of Grey film, and Say Anythingare all worthy of getting a spin this Valentine’s Day.

Some of my favorites include This Is Spinal Tap, War Games and 50/50. Add thrillers like Fear, The Hand That Rocks The Cradle and The Ring. And of course we can’t forget Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me, Saving Silverman, and Harry and the Hendersons.

In Boston…

There’s a fun spectrum of films that come to mind when you think of films based in Boston.

Gritty action movies: The Equalizer, Boondock Saints, The Town

Sports movies: Fever Pitch, Celtic Pride, and I’ll allow Field of Dreams.

Comedies: Legally Blonde and Ted

Oscar nominated dramas: Good Will Hunting, Mystic River, The Fighter, and The Departed.

Who Has The Edge?

As much as I love 50/50 and War Games, Seattle can’t compete with the heavy hitters that were filmed in Boston. How do you like them apples?

Food

In Seattle…

Visuals are helpful. Warning: you may get hungry.

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In Boston…

Ditto.

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The Edge?

I don’t think you can go wrong getting seafood in either town, but my tastebuds lean toward Boston for the pizza and sweets.

Landmarks/Sights

In Seattle…

Space Needle

The Space Needle

Pike Place Fish Market

Puget Sound view

The Puget Sound

Safeco Field

Safeco Field

Fremont Troll

…and the Freemont Troll. It’s under a bridge. And scary/adorable. 

In Boston…

Mass State House

The Massachusetts State House

Hatch Memorial Shell

The Hatch Memorial Shell

Freedom Trail

The Freedom Trail

Fenway Park

Fenway Park

Cheers Bar

…where everybody knows your name. 

The Edge?

Close call, but how about that view in Seattle? Fenway Park will always have a place in my baseball heart but the Bridge Troll is kind of a deal breaker.

LIGHTNING ROUND!

Starbucks vs. Facebook – Seattle: Both addicting and everywhere, but I don’t have to worry about baby pictures, candy crush invites or internet trolls at any of the 5 Starbucks in a 3 mile radius of my house.

Sports Other Than Football – Boston: Love Gary Payton, Shawn Kemp, Ken Griffey Jr. and Edgar Martinez, but how many championships does the city have outside of the football stadium?

Beer – Boston: The Seattle craft beer scene is definitely a thing. Black Raven, Elysian, Georgetown and Naked City are all notable breweries…but the Boston Beer Co. is America’s original.

The Score: 

Seattle – 3
New England – 5

Sorry, Star-Lord.

Peter Quill

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