The countdown continues! The Jerks discuss MLB’s meaningless tiebreaker games, the rigged college football system and Kyrie Irving denying “Flat Eartherism.” Plus, Russian trolls spread discord among Star Wars fans, mixed reaction to Venom and a PG-13 cut of Deadpool 2! T2J — better late than never!
The Jerks discuss a busy week in both the worlds of sports and pop culture, from the Houston Texans players squaring off with their team’s owner, to Yuli Gurriel’s racial slur at the World Series and the 49ers asking fans if they care whether the team wins. Plus, why Tom thinks Zachary Levi will be great as DC’s Shazam!, whether the Deathstroke movie will actually get made and our thoughts on a TON of proposed Hollywood franchises and reboots, from Contra to Ace Ventura and Major League. T2J — it’s so full of comedy, you’ll get indigestion!
So, the New York Yankees knocked out the Indians and have moved on to the ALCS. In doing so the Yankees have effectively killed baseball.
How could that be, you may ask? I’ll tell you. Baseball is in a very weird time right now, where it is looking less and less likely that the mantra of “Just Stay Open” is going to work. Baseball needs something, and last year we got the end of the worst drought in the history of the sport: the Chicago Cubs won the World Series
The Cubs left one team with a legendary losing streak to vanquish. That team is the Cleveland Indians, a team that was so good during the regular season they set a record, winning 22 games in a row!
Did this matter to the “Evil Empire”? Would they recognize that another Yankees pennant could mean the end of anyone outside of New York caring about baseball ever again? Of course not. The Yankees did what the Yankees do: they found a way to ruin everyone’s fun and ruined baseball.
Now, we all have to hope that the Houston Astros recognize that they need to lay down to the Yankees so the Cubs (Assuming they can get the job done tonight) can vanquish the Empire once and for all.
In fact, the bigger story than the Indians ending their drought would have been the Cubs winning two in a row. Nothing would cement the “return” of baseball than the Cubs slaying the dragon of the Yankees. I mean now that the Indians couldn’t get the job done.
But what happens if the Cubs lose to the Los Angeles Dodgers and the Astros take down the Yankees? Maybe we have a great story for the people of Houston, who could certainly use a great end to a terrible year, and the Texans aren’t going to provide it.
That won’t happen, of course. No, somehow, someway, we will have the LA/NY series that everyone will roll their eyes at because of how obvious it will be. Because the Yankees are a blight on the world and the Dodgers are just a less-successful version of the Yankees.
Meanwhile, it’s almost time for us to start thinking about next year, and the Mets are already mathematically eliminated from the playoffs. #stillmad
NBA Commissioner Adam Silver is hinting about expansion (and shortening the season?!), and the Jerks are talking about it! Plus, the MLB Playoffs begin, a breakdown of the (lack of) buzz around Justice League, and we try and figure out when a game about fighting Nazis became offensive. T2J – Just when we thought we were done talking about current events, they pulled us back in!
Our hurricane-delayed episode is finally here! The Jerks explore what is happening to the Minnesota Vikings, why Randy Moss thinks he can still play, the MLB playoffs and Greg Hardy’s MMA aspirations. Plus, is Marvel Studios planting the seeds for its future, the backlash over Wonder Woman’s sexual history, and WB’s desperate expansion of the Fantastic Beasts trilogy. T2J: Soon to expand from one podcast, to a quadrilogy of podcasts!
The MLB Playoffs begin (and end quickly, for the Yankees), the Miami Dolphins have a jerk (small ‘j’) for a QB, and no head coach, the NHL season began (and you probably didn’t even know), and an MMA fighter has an “accident” on the mat (you don’t want to skip that story). Plus, some cool viral marketing for Batman v. Superman, some more douche-like behavior from one of that movie’s stars, Marvel adjusting to what its fans want, and Avatar comics that no one asked for (maybe you did)! Those Two Jerks–The podcast no one asked for!
It’s the Jerks’ second Jerk-i-versary, which we all know is the corruption anniversary. So, in keeping with that tradition, the Jerks talk about the NFL charging for paying tribute to the troops and the NCAA’s hypocrisy in the Larry Brown suspension. Plus, a preview of the MLB playoffs, and the latest on Suicide Squad (yay, Jared Leto!), Ghostbusters (boo, Sony!), and Star Wars “news” that isn’t really news! Those Two Jerks: It’s the Jerkiest!