Project Shanks Monday Night Movie: PCU (1994)

By John Baggett
PSDC Pop Culture Guru

Rating: **** (out of 5)

The college comedy is a staple of American cinema, from 1978’s immortal classic to 1984’s incredibly rapey in retrospect comedy Revenge of the Nerds to (I guess) the Pitch Perfect series going on right now. (That wasn’t so much a shot at the movie as it is the first example of a college comedy in the last few years and I’m too lazy to Google shit right now.) It’s not surprising. Hell, in my pile of unfinished screenplays there is at least one college comedy idea. And besides, these films give us the opportunity to experience college in a way we actually didn’t, because honestly if one were to attempt any of the hijinks in these films they’d end up arrested, expelled, and possibly dead. [Read more…]

2014 MLB Team Preview: New York Mets

By Matthew Cafaro
PSDC Writer

New York Mets
Founded: 1962
Division Titles: 5
National League Pennants: 4
World Series Titles: 2 (1969, 1986) 

2013 Record: 74-88, 3rd Place in the NL East 
Key Losses: Johan Santana, Shaun Marcum, LaTroy Hawkins, Matt Harvey*
Key Additions: Curtis Granderson, Bartolo Colon, Chris Young

I want to point out that last year I predicted the Mets would finish with a record of 74-88. Which they did. Exactly so. So we now know something about me: I’m good at guessing how this particular baseball team would finish the 2013 season. Why couldn’t I have this power with guessing lottery numbers? Or NCAA brackets? Oh well. On to this year’s preview!

The 2013 New York Mets were a revelation in starting pitching talent. From some of their young pitchers, like Matt Harvey and Zack Wheeler, greatness was expected and delivered. Speaking as a Braves fan, I was not expecting Dillon Gee’s ascension, which was a not-so-nice surprise for New York’s division rivals. Alas, the Mets’ pitching success was undone by a spate of injuries, the hardest to swallow being Harvey’s need for Tommy John surgery with the feared prognosis that he would not pitch at all in 2014.** [Read more…]