UK Telegraph- HBO are remastering the entire series of The Wire for broadcast, it is believed. Despite no official statement from the American cable channel, reports suggest that HD versions of every episode will be aired on a nightly basis from next Monday (September 8). The iconic series ran for five seasons from 2002 to 2008 and offered a bird’s eye view of life on the streets of Baltimore, with each season focusing on a different facet of the city. The series starred British actors Dominic West as Detective Jimmy McNulty and Idris Elba as Stringer Bell. Despite receiving average ratings upon its original airing, The Wire is considered to be one of the greatest TV dramas of all time. Rumours of the rebroadcast began surfacing at the weekend when a 30-second trailer reportedly began airing across HBO’s channels. It has not been made clear whether the series, produced in 4×3 standard definition, will become available in widescreen following the HD remastering. Speaking before the final season in 2008, director of photography Dave Insley said, “The reason the show has stayed 4×3 is because [creator] David Simon thinks that [it] feels more like real life and real television.”
Is this happening or is it not happening? Depends on what news source you go to. Some are saying it’s for sure happening and others are saying it’s for sure not happening. The promo above might even be fake. I don’t have an answer for whether it’s real or not. Creator David Simon has always said he doesn’t want the show remastered in HD because it works better the way it is. More real life-looking and gritty. Maybe he’s right and maybe he’s wrong. All I know is that I hope the remastering talk is true. Not so much because I give a shit about if it’s in HD or not. I like it the way it is. But if HBO starts re-airing all of the episodes again that means people who have never seen the show will tune in and watch it and that’s all that matters. Everyone with a pulse should have to watch The Wire. Everyone. It needs to be mandatory. Like learning that 2+2 equals 4, people should be forced to sit down and watch The Wire in its entirety. It’s that important. It’s the greatest show ever made. The show is like a crash course on how the world actually works with entertaining characters and plot lines mixed in. You can have you Breaking Bads and your Sopranos. They don’t hold a candle to the The Wire. I’ll ride with Bunk and McNulty over Walt and Jesse every day of the week. And I like Breaking Bad a whole lot. It’s fantastic. But The Wire is my jam. So if this turns out to be true and HBO does start re-airing the entire series starting on September 8th, I demand you sit down and watch it. That’s an order.
PS- My roommate recently started watching The Wire so there’s a bunch of On-Demand episodes on the DVR. Sometimes when I’m sitting around I’ll randomly pick an episode and put it on for background noise. Well within 10 minutes of every time I do that I’m sitting on my couch fully into the episode like it’s my first time seeing it. I fucking love that show.
Why not I guess? This commercial ran this weekend during the Iowa game and it’s pretty cool I suppose. Somewhat confusing. Almost like the people at the Big Ten were like, “What’s the most popular show in the world right now? Game of Thrones? We should make a Big Ten/GOT mash up and for no apparent reason other than that show is really really popular.” Unless I’m missing something which is always a possibility. But if we’re being honest I of course loved it. I love the Big Ten and I love Game of Thrones so what’s not to like? That’s where I’m currently at with my love of Game of Thrones. Somebody can make a commercial involving it and something else that has absolutely nothing to do with the show and I’ll enjoy it.
Who would be the best head football coach to add to the list of a million characters there already are in GOT? Has to be Bo Pelini, right? Has to be. The guy is an asshole wild card who would fit perfectly into the world of Westeros and make things interesting. As much as I want to say Iowa’s Kirk Ferentz would be a good character the fact of the matter is that he’s boring as fuck and wouldn’t be able to carry a storyline by himself. The guy does nothing but chew gum, scribble notes onto his note pad and take 2 star recruits from the Midwest and turn them into NFL players. His demeanor is good for the identity of a college football team but not so much when trying to make an HBO show interesting.
ELIZABETH, Colo. — A woman says she was texting and driving when she hit a pole that went through her car, piercing her thigh and buttocks. Elizabeth firefighters had to saw off the front and back end of the pole to get the woman out. Christina Jahnz says she was in the parking lot of Elizabeth Middle School on Wednesday morning to deliver her daughter’s saxophone, which had been left at home. As she was driving away from the school, Jahnz started texting her friend. ”I was running late for a business meeting, so I did a voice text. I looked down to make sure it was all right. The next thing I knew, I was looking up, there was white powder from the air bags deployed,” Jahnz said. Then, Jahnz realized that the guardrail pole went through the front of her truck, through her buttocks and into the back of her seat. Elizabeth firefighters rushed to the scene, where she says they used a saw to cut the front and back end of the pole before rushing her to Parker Adventist Hospital. ”I went into surgery and I lost count of the stitches after 40. They stitched me up inside too. I’m truly a miracle. They said if it gone just a little bit the other way I would have bled out,” Jahnz said.
You know how everybody lives in fear thinking about the way they’re going to die? I’m a person who lives without that fear and you know why? Because I already know how it’s going to happen and that’s by way of texting and driving. That’s how I’m going to go. No doubt about it. I’ll be driving along someday, refreshing Twitter to see the latest picture Cute Emergency posted and I’ll plow into a pole just like this woman did. Except for me the pole will go straight through my head. That’s not a prediction. That’s a guarantee. That’s what’s going to happen. I know that because no matter how many sob story PSA commercials I see or how many stories like this woman getting impaled in the ass cheek I read, I can’t stop checking my phone when I’m driving. I check texts, I check e-mails, I check Twitter, I check SnapChat. I do everything except pay attention to what is happening on the road right in front of me. I get bored as fuck when I drive so it’s only a matter of time before I unlock my phone and start fiddling around with it. I’m not proud of the fact that I can’t not look at my phone for more than 2 minutes. It’s just who I am at this point. Becoming a blogger has made it a billion times worse too. My life is my phone and not even the prospect of ramming into a telephone pole at a high rate of speed stops me from checking it. So when I see a story like this lady who crashed while texting and driving I don’t say “What a moron. Pay attention to the road” I say “I totally get it”. When the day arrives and the headline “Smut Blogger From Iowa Dies While Texting And Driving” just remember that I saw it coming. Figuratively saw it coming, not literally. Because more than likely I was trying to get a high score in Temple Run when it happened.
What an idiot! Laugh out loud funny though. I couldn’t have enjoyed that series of tweets anymore than I did. Just giggled like a small child all by myself. You can almost see the thought process from the guy as it’s happening. Guy gets a pizza, opens it up, sees that it’s just bread, refuses to assess the situation any further and instead hops on social media to start bitching about. Classic kids these days. And then after he has some time to think about it, realizes he opened the pizza box upside down and may or may not be the dumbest person on the planet. If I’m @SadderDre I don’t even send the tweet about how I opened the pizza box upside down. Nope, no way. I’d just fade off into the distance and eat my upside down pizza in peace. Instead now the whole internet gets to laugh at what an idiot he is for doing this. Then again, who the fuck opens a pizza box upside down? Never not once has that happened to me or anyone I know. It seems impossible. This guy was absolutely high as a kite, right? I have very little faith in other humans but I’m at least willing to guess 99.9% of the non-high people on Earth would be able to spot that Dominos didn’t simply send them bread and that they opened up a pizza box upside down. Maybe I’m being generous but I hope that’s the case. Here’s to hoping he ripped the bong one too many times and smoked himself stupid. Otherwise this guy might have a rough go at it, “it” being life.
IOWA CITY, IOWA — An Iowa City man has been charged with assault after police say he threatened to kill his neighbor over music. KWWL-TV reports (http://bit.ly/1pkKGa1 ) 63-year-old Terrill Wiges was arrested Monday. Iowa City police charged him with assault while using a weapon and going armed with intent. Witnesses say Wiges threatened to kill the neighbor because of music he was playing. They say Wiges held a knife to the victim’s throat and asked him if he was ready to die. It’s unclear what type of music was playing or how loud it was. Wiges is being held at the Johnson County jail. Online jail records didn’t indicate bond or an attorney.
First of all, yep. That does look like a guy who would press a knife to somebody’s throat over something as trivial as music. Sure does. That face and the leathery texture it appears to be has lived a million lives packed into one and he’s drank too many beers, smoked too many heaters and delivered too many papers to have somebody annoy him with their music. Simple as that. Second, BIG piece of the puzzle missing here. How is the article not going to say what type of music the neighbor was playing that caused this dude to snap and confront him about it? That’s the determining factor and the police just decided to leave that out? We as the people of the internet aren’t allowed to make a judgment call and know whose side we’re on until that information comes out. If the guy was pissed because his neighbor was bumping early-to-mid 90′s East Coast hip hop then I say the guy with the knife should go to jail for life. That’s some of the best music around and any person who can’t understand that should be in prison anyway. But, if the neighbor was blaring One Direction or Biebs or Fifth Harmony or any of that other garbage then I fall on the side of the guy with the knife. Hell, I encourage it. As a blogger I’m not here to tell journalists how to do their job but the fact that nobody went up to a cop and asked “Hey, what kind of music was he playing?” is one of the many reasons newspapers are on their way out. Figure it out people.
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SI- The developers of Madden 15 apparently didn’t work out all of the bugs in this year’s game. Last week we showed you the glitch which sent a lineman hurtling skyward. Today we have an isty bitsy linebacker. Aww, look how cute and little he is. This is apparently a pretty common glitch. Several users have reported the same problem with the “Madden Solo Challenge” when playing as Christian Kirksey, a rookie linebacker from Iowa who is not actually as undersized as Madden would lead you to believe.
Well what the hell is this shit? Apparently one of the glitches in the new Madden game is that former Iowa linebacker Christian Kirksey is really really small. Listed at 1 foot 2 inches. The first glitch we saw was dudes getting tossed way up into the air and now this. Disrespecting a former Iowa Hawkeye by making the size of the Indian In The Cupboard. And why is Kirksey on the Titans in the new Madden game? He plays for the Cleveland Browns. He’s actually been one of their (if not the) stand out rookie for them on defense during the preseason. Not bad for a third rough draft pick. And this is how he’s repaid? By looking like an action figure out on the field. The whole thing is very confusing and total bull shit. Somebody get the people at EA on the phone and make Christian normal-sized right now. Seriously though, why is he playing for the Titans in all of the screen shots I’ve seen of Tiny Christian Kirksey? That might be the most dumbfounding thing. Well besides the part where he’s 1/1,000,000,0000 the size of the other players.
PS- I’d be lying if I didn’t laugh at that Vine where the quarterback hurdles Tiny Kirksey and then Tiny Kirksey gets leveled by his own guy. Absolutely absurd and hilarious.