FALL TV AND SANDWICHES

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The internet has been celebrating the anniversaries of both The Cosby Show and Friends, the fellas talk a little about the television and whether or not it is even possible for shows like those to exist today. Then the conversation turns to television, including a disappointing debut, an addictive new Shonda joint and the best comedy of the year (so far). But before all that, they have philosophical discussions about sandwiches.

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2014 PREMIER LEAGUE PREVIEW

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Saturday begins another wonderful season of Premiere League soccer and we at the Double A Podcast decided to take stock of the league. While doing our best to pepper analysis with nuggets of bias towards our favorite teams (for myself it’s Arsenal, for Anthony Manchester City), we look at the new squads that have been promoted this year (We love the Fightin’ Foxes of Leicester!) and say goodbye to those teams that been relegated to the depths of the Championship League. (Fare the well, Craven Cottage.) We discuss the major signings, juiciest betting lines and ultimately make a case for why Arsenal or Man City will claim victory this season.

 

AUGUST MOVIE PREVIEW & SUPERLATIVES

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We preview the month’s most interesting movies and hand out some monthly superlatives. Movies discussed: Guardians of the Galaxy, The Giver, Get On Up, Expendables 3, Let’s Be Cops, Get On Up and more (including one of the worst football movie ideas ever.) Send us your own superlative to the guys at doubleapod@gmail.com and @doubleapod
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RATING NEW SHOWS & TV IDEAS

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You know what the best part about Thanksgiving dinner is? It is a meal that is almost entirely on your terms. You are inundated with options, limited only by your ability to calculate delicious food combinations. (This is all assuming that you have, or are familiar with the offerings of, a family that can cook.)  You can build around a turkey-potato base if you feel so inclined, you could opt for the vegetable route and get your stuffing on. Hell, you could house pecan and pumpkin pies until you start your body begins to shake and small blue dots appear out of the corner of your eye.

Today’s TV landscape is like a hybrid of that mouthwatering smorgasbord and a Fieri-endorsed bitchin’ restaurant. There are endless options to choose from, most of which are quite a bit better than the average offering. Some networks (read: restaurants) are offering a slew of delectable choices. (Lookin’ at you, FX.) Others keep churning out edible creations that please the masses but may not satisfy those with a discerning palate. (Lookin’ at you, Uncle Les.)

We take stock of the latest TV news, break down which new shows we are excited about and then dive a little deeper on what we would like to see more of in TV in our latest episode.

WORLD CUP LOVE

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The United States may have gone down in a fit of Julian Green-infused glory but the performance of this year’s squad was not but encouraging. Clint Dempsey showed children that show an affinity for rap music in rural Texas that you CAN be a national icon. Tim Howard is the first goalkeeper to make 400 saves in a single match, according to sources. DeAndre Yedlin challenged land speed records and Fabian Johnson danced on overlaps like Arya Stark’s sword teacher man.

It’s been an incredibly memorable edition of the World Cup, with crushing injuries, last-minute goals and unexpected finishes. A host country is in mourning, its rival is anticipating magic and a European squad looks to become the first to win on South American soil.

We talked about all things World Cup before getting in to some of the latest Premier League buzz. Take a listen and send us your thoughts.

GAME OF THRONES: SEASON 4 REVIEW

BE NOT AFRAID: NO BOOK SPOILERS (But there are plenty of show spoilers.)

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What the world really needs is someone to critically think about, discuss and appreciate the grand spectacle that is Game of Thrones. Luckily, we are here to appeal to the niche audience that appreciates this show on a micro as well as macro level. Episode 90 hands out awards for the season MVP, asks logistical questions about Tyrion’s ability to slink through tunnels and hallways and takes stock of all the major plot and character developments from Season 4. We are living proof that book readers and show watchers can live like Hot Pie in a bakery – in peaceful harmony. Finally, a place for people to feel safe to talk about this show. You’re welcome, internet friends.

2014 FIFA WORLD CUP PREVIEW

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The World Cup is a grandiose spectacle celebrating a beautifully simple game. It is a complicated event, ripping through a country struggling to overcome economic disparity like an unrelenting cyclone, sure to leave behind a mess Brazilians will be forced to clean up. A Jules Rimet trophy would be a fleeting moment of bliss for Brazil, followed shortly by more protests aimed at a government’s reckless spending and a corrupt, laughable organization. FIFA is the oil spill tainting the rich, expansive ocean of international soccer, an international punching bag that appears to grow stronger despite sustaining Tyson-like haymakers from global media regularly.

And yet…

The collective enthusiasm for the World Cup has never been higher in the United States of America. USA sends a team with a spitfire manager aimed at systemically overhauling the country’s reputation and style. There are prodigies teeming with talent and stalwarts that have earned respect at the highest levels of club soccer. Coverage by ESPN, which will broadcast the tournament domestically, has exceeded expectations leading up to the event and most certainly will continue to do so moving forward. No amount of turmoil and corruption can quell the wellspring of support that seems to grow a little more every four years.

These next 32 days will ask us to look past the shiny veneer FIFA has slapped on the site of the world’s most popular tournament. And for the most part, we will. We won’t think of favelas crumbling when Michael Bradley laces a through ball to Clint Dempsey. We won’t think of gross economic disparity when Lionel Messi embarrasses grown men with maddening runs and touches. We won’t think of Sepp Blatter the Puppet Master when Luis Suarez strikes a goal with an unmatched fury. We will soak in the moments, both memorable and heartbreaking, hoping for better in the future but expecting more oil to contaminate the game we love.