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The Hold Steady Almost Killed Me

This past Tuesday, I had the pleasure of seeing the Hold Steady at the Town Ballroom. I have long been a fan of the Brooklyn-based group. Over the past year I’ve acquired all six of their studio albums (including the recently released “Teeth Dreams), but I’d yet to see a live performance. After Tuesday, I’m eager to see them again.

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Video Replay Use in Soccer

As most European Leagues are coming to a close, there has been a recent cry for expanded technology use to help officials make correct in-game decisions. Just last weekend for example, we saw West Ham score a controversial equalizer in a high-profile match versus Liverpool. At first look, it was difficult to see whether a foul should have been given, as there were a number of players fighting to get to the floated corner. Liverpool’s keeper Simon Mignolet rose highest to claim before losing the ball from his grasp. The rebound was guided home by West Ham’s Guy Demel. The assistant immediately raised his flag for a foul, while head referee Anthony Taylor initially allowed the goal to stand. After briefly conversing, the lineman was overruled and the goal was still allowed.

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2014 Masters Preview

With the 2014 Masters Tournament starting Thursday and extending into the weekend, I decided to ask our two resident golf “experts” here at The Butter Lamb, Jimmy Abbott and Brian Dockstader, a number of questions to help preview the storied tournament.

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Game of Thrones S4 E1 Recap: Maergery’s Necklace

Three “Game of Thrones enthusiasts,” the dynamic brother-sister duo of Marci and Rusty Buehler and Zac Hirschbeck watched the Season Four premiere on Sunday and exchanged their thoughts on the show’s long-awaited return.

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Hi Mom Podcast: Episode 49

Screen Shot 2014-04-02 at 1.40.04 PMThe Hi Mom Podcast is a brother/sister duo that discusses pop culture, movies, TV and more with a humor and enthusiasm that makes their mother proud.

This week, Rusty and Marci talk with special guest Ross Bernhardt about the GOT, Silicon Valley and VEEP premieres, PLUS Ross drops some music knowledge. PLUS, Rusty and Ross face off in the game WHAT WOULD YOU WEAR TO THAT FESTIVAL?

 

Yes

For many of my 50 years on this planet, I have been a booger-eater.

This is a phrase that should not be taken literally. Once I passed the age of 5 or 6, I no longer had any interest in exhuming or consuming the tasty morsels located inside my nasal cavities. On my little corner of middle age, white guy, Buffalo first-ring suburbia, “booger-eater” is a friendly term used to describe those who take great pleasure in seeing grown men and women pretend to hurt each other. My name is Tim Hirschbeck and if Daniel Bryan wins the WWE Championship at Wrestlemania 30 this Sunday, there is a strong chance I will lose control of my bladder.

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Top Five Fun Picks For The 2014 NFL Draft

Last week, a story by Bleacher Report’s Dan Pompeii erupted with a volcano of speculation in Buffalo. Pompeii’s sources claimed that the Buffalo Bills were in talks with the Houston Texans to trade up for the top pick in the 2014 NFL draft. While Pompeii’s source is probably about as reliable as Jimmy Abbott’s source who leaked that Akili Smith is coming to camp to compete for the quarterback job this July, both the Rams and Raiders have reportedly been shopping their picks as well. The prospect of the Bills trading up opens the door for all manner of fun draft picks. I’ll break them down as follows. Spoiler alert: none of them are linemen.

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Thanks, Captain

With the captain of arguably the most hated team in sports retiring, you would think I would be happy to see him go. However, when I first heard about Derek Jeter announcing that 2014 would be his final season, I felt an emptiness in the pit in my stomach. Why? I hate the Yankees, and loved watching them suffer an injury plagued season last year in which they missed the playoffs. It felt even better to watch the “evil empire” go back to their classic ways of spending an absurd amount of money, half a billion to be exact, on free agents after watching Boston take home the championship.

With that being said, the respect I have had growing up for Derek Jeter both as a player, and more so as a person, is something I will always cherish. In today’s sports, many would argue that there are not many players a parent would feel comfortable for their child to look up to. Derek Jeter breaks that mold by exemplifying the character all athletes should show.

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Hi Mom Podcast: Episode 48

Screen Shot 2014-04-02 at 1.40.04 PMThe Hi Mom Podcast is a brother/sister duo that discusses pop culture, movies, TV and more with a humor and enthusiasm that makes their mother proud.

This week, Rusty and Marci talk Drag Race, Survivor, #CHAOSKASS, and create their own new reality show.

 

The State of the NBA: A Look into Parity

Parity is a word that gets thrown around by journalists and analysts year after year within professional sports. The NFL is a league where any team can win on any Sunday. Big spending MLB clubs can be beaten by teams possessing a quarter of their budget. The NHL sees perennial cellar-dwellers develop into Stanley Cup contenders. This year’s NBA conferences represent a different type of parity. To quickly summarize, the Western Conference finds equality within strength in numbers. Meanwhile the Eastern Conference is collectively bad. The East features several teams accused of “tanking”, while the West displays a dead sprint of six truly deep contending squads. Let’s take a look into this night and day split as the NBA playoffs near.

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