Tag Archives: Scott Phillips

This Squirrel Man is an American hero

squirrelBY SCOTT PHILLIPS

Part of the joys of attending a live sporting event are the goofy promos done to entertain fans between breaks in the game. These promos can go three separate ways:

  1. Be completely boring and lose the interest of the fans immediately.
  2. Be a normal run-of-the-mill competition or promo that keeps some interest but is nothing worth talking about.
  3. Include the San Diego Padres “Fastest Squirrel in the World.”

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Patton Oswalt’s improvised Star Wars filibuster kills it on Parks and Rec

(Photo credit: Entertainment Weekly)

(Photo credit: Entertainment Weekly)

BY SCOTT PHILLIPS

I don’t know how, but somehow, NBC’s Parks and Recreation just keeps getting better. Some on the Poor Scholars staff, myself included, recognize the greatness of Parks and Rec, but hopefully others will join in on the fun after seeing Patton Oswalt’s EPIC 8-minute Star Wars-themed filibuster that he did as a cameo for this week’s episode.

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K-Mart gets smart

ship-my-pantsBY SCOTT PHILLIPS

Commercials have become a regular part of our culture. Unfortunately, most of them are awful or get old very quickly. But this new K-Mart ad — yes, K-Mart — is absolutely incredible.

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The NBA scoring race is getting fun

lebronmelodurantBY SCOTT PHILLIPS

If you are like most basketball fans by now the NBA regular season is dragging a bit. After the All-Star break, through about now, it’s just difficult to drum up excitement to watch NBA basketball. March Madness contributes to this factor a bit, but more-or-less, there really isn’t much to get excited about in the first place.

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Huey Lewis and Weird Al Yankovic parody American Psycho

hueyBY SCOTT PHILLIPS

The Internet is full of videos and parodies meant to make people laugh. Some deliver a smile, others a muted chuckle, and an elite upper-echelon video reaches the pinnacle of Internet stardom and makes people across the country laugh hysterically.

I never thought Huey Lewis or Weird Al Yankovic could deliver such a masterpiece, but somehow, they’ve done it.

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Yawnapalooza: Lolla’s underwhelming line-up

lollaBY SCOTT PHILLIPS

Since most of the Poor Scholars staff calls Chicago home, Lollapalooza is usually kind of a big deal. With the announcement of the lineup for this year’s three-day music festival in Grant Park, Poor Scholars staffer and grizzled Lollapalooza veteran Scott Phillips shared some thoughts on this year’s lineup.

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Dubspot crushes April Fools’ Day

ContraptionBY SCOTT PHILLIPS

The Internet is a dangerous place, especially on April Fools’ Day. Every person with social media and a funny bone tries to draw some cheap laughs and this year some Facebook friends even took the plunge off the deep end of April Fools’ jokes by becoming “born-again Christians.” One “friend” went even further, declaring that she was no longer homosexual and back into the opposite sex.

Cruel and personal social media “jokes” aside, I didn’t enjoy another April Fools’ Day joke as much as the video produced by Dubstop.

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Avicii changes genres mid-set at Ultra Music Festival

aviciiBY SCOTT PHILLIPS

Avicii is one of the biggest names in the growing EDM craze sweeping America; if you haven’t heard “Levels” you’ve probably not watched television, attended a sporting event, or gone to a social function featuring people under the age of 35 in the last year. It’s okay if you don’t know the 23-year old Swedish house music phenomenon, because he might have just cut his own career short with a head-scratching performance at the Ultra Music Festival in Miami.

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Tiger is on the prowl

tigerBY SCOTT PHILLIPS

I certainly don’t have a “case of the Mondays” today. That’s because the Sports Gods told me, “Scott, you’ve been good lately, so we’re going to give you your precious NCAA Tournament and your good friend Tiger Woods on separate days,” and they rained out Sunday at Bay Hill to make it happen.

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One-hit wonder extended career: Bryce Drew

bryce-drew-thumbBY SCOTT PHILLIPS

Each week, Poor Scholars digs a little bit deeper into the catalog of an infamous “one-hit wonder” by listening to their other “top hits” on Spotify to explore what exactly went wrong. This week, since March Madness has taken over his brain, Poor Scholars’ Scott Phillips breaks down the career of famous NCAA Tournament one-hit wonder Bryce Drew.

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