TV Series – Too Little…and Too Late

The television upfronts were last week and new shows were announced while old shows were cancelled. And it got me thinking – what favorite shows of mine have been cancelled too early…and which have stuck around a season or three too long? And, as usual, when I am talking television around here, two rules apply: 1) I am only talking about shows I’ve watched and I can’t possibly even cover all of those so I’ll choose the ones that stood out to me 2) Spoilers seem reasonably inevitable, but I’ll put a *spoilers* next to the show’s name if I say something specific about a show.

Too Little:

Veronica Mars

I didn’t watch this show live but watched later via Amazon Prime instant video and couldn’t believe it was cancelled after three seasons! It was so good! So good, in fact, that a public crowd campaign managed to finance a Veronica Mars movie that was released last year in order to tie up loose ends. And it was great. Now if they could just get started on my Gilmore Girls movie, mmmk?

Lie to Me

Lie to Me was a crime drama that focused on a consulting group that assisted law enforcement by examining micro expressions and body language for signs of falsehoods. I thought it was brilliant and very informative. A great cast and well done story lines that were cancelled far too soon.

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The Newsroom

Well-written and fascinating to watch, the Newsroom depicted a fictional news station and its anchors. The writers wove real life events into the drama, examining how a studio and anchors would handle reporting the news of events such as the death of Osama Bin Laden. I knew it couldn’t last forever with big names like Olivia Munn and Jeff Daniels, but three seasons left me wanting more. Below is the opening scene of the show, a video (HBO language, FYI) that quickly went viral:

Don’t Trust the B in Apartment 23

Don’t Trust the B in Apartment 23 lasted a mere two seasons but I thought it was funny and quirky. Krysten Ritter and James Van Der Beek (as himself) were hilarious and I was surprised the show was cancelled so soon. My guess is that ABC just wasn’t the right fit for the show and it would have done better on Fox (New Girl-style) or Netflix/Hulu.

Too Late:

How I Met Your Mother *spoilers*

Ugh, the ultimate example of a show that lasted two or three seasons too long. I talked about the finale here, and emphasized that part of the reason the finale was so bad was because the entire final season was undone in the first 10 minutes! Let me get this straight – you’re going to do an entire season of episodes based solely on Robin and Barney’s wedding, and then in the final episode have them get divorced? What a waste of time.

Grey’s Anatomy *spoilers*

You may remember when I talked about Grey’s Anatomy breaking up with me? Well, I have stayed true to my word and haven’t watched an episode since they killed off McDreamy. Not because I was such a huge fan of Patrick Dempsey, but more a huge fan of happiness and I think that show has jumped off the happy train and into the pit of despair. My prediction is that the show does not last more than another season, possibly two.

These are my angry eyes, Shonda!

These are my angry eyes, Shonda!

Gossip Girl

Six seasons of hearing that signature sign off, “X-O-X-O, Gossip Girl” while four seasons probably would have been enough. Several of the actors and actresses abandoned ship themselves by the fourth season – producers probably should have taken a hint. In fact, that applies to most shows…when a lead actor leaves, usually its time to cancel. This fact applies to Scrubs, The O.C., Two and a Half Men, That 70s Show. Shows that have managed a few (or more) seasons after they’ve lost a leading star? Grey’s (but that reign is over, in my humble opinion it can only last so long), Criminal Minds, The Office, SVU.

CSI: Crime Scene Investigation

Fifteen seasons and the original CSI managed to outlast all of the spinoffs but it probably should have been finished years ago. The show was finally cancelled after this season, with the announcement that a two-hour television movie will air in the fall to wrap up the show with appearances by the original cast members.

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Alright, those are some of my favorite shows and ones I think were cancelled too early, as well as those I think hung on a few years too long. I can’t recommend the “Too Little” series enough as pretty amazing weekend binge watches!

What shows do you think were cancelled too early? Too late?

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Friday Five – May 22, 2015

Friday Five

1. Red Nose Day

Yesterday was Red Nose Day. Red Nose Day started in the UK to raise money for children’s charities worldwide and yesterday was the first Red Nose Day in the United States! American charities include the Boys and Girls Club of America, OXFAM America, and Feeding America. I made a donation last night and even though the official day was yesterday, I hope that you all consider donating today! Just $10 can vaccinate a child from five fatal diseases… so that means $50 could protect five children for life. Donate HERE.

2. Yard Sale

I love going yard saling and looking for treasures! But putting one on? Ugh. We’re having a yard sale tomorrow and I am dreading it. I can’t wait for someone to offer me a dime for something that is marked a quarter. SIGH.

I hate this lady.

I hate this lady.

3. Game of Thrones Musical

Last night on Red Nose Day there was a hilarious skit featuring Coldplay and the Game of Thrones cast…worth the watch, GoT fans!

4. Reading List

A new Book List is coming soon to the blog because I have been reading a TON of new, great books lately! Can’t wait to share them with you.

A Library and a Cat? Cailyn's Life Goals.

A Library and a Cat? Cailyn’s Life Goals.

5. Tomorrowland

When I first heard there was going to be a movie based on Tomorrowland (one of the lands in the Magic Kingdom at Disney World, for those not in the know) I got a little bit nervous. Sure, Pirates of the Caribbean was great (the first two anyways)…but Haunted Mansion (getting a reboot, what a surprise) was definitely not awesome. I haven’t seen it yet (though it will definitely be my reward this weekend for surviving this yard sale) but my friend Patty over at My No Guilt Life got a chance to go to an early screening and I am happy to report she was pleasantly surprised! #crisisaverted Read her review HERE.

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I’m ready.

Alright, there’s the Five! Have a wonderful Memorial Day Weekend, and be sure to remember what the holiday is about…thank a soldier!

Are you going to see Tomorrowland this weekend? How about yard saling?

Friday Five – May 15, 2015

Friday Five

1. Birthday Week

It was my birthday on Wednesday and I was completely spoiled!! Josh took the day off of work and catered to my every whim – we saw a movie, went to the bookstore and he was entirely patient during a trip to Target. I received tons of cards and gifts from my wonderful friends and family and I could not be more grateful for all the love. Also – cards featuring cats are clearly perfect for this crazy cat lady and I can’t believe I didn’t get any doubles! Well done friends, well done.

Spoiled.

Spoiled.

2. The Tonight Dough

Caramel and chocolate ice creams with chocolate cookie swirls & gobs of chocolate chip cookie dough and peanut butter cookie dough. I feel like that’s an #enoughsaid. But I’ll add: It’s delicious and everything I ever wanted and more.

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3. Patriots Respond to the Wells Report

Brady officially filed an appeal for his suspension and the Patriots released their own response to the Wells Report about the same time I was releasing mine yesterday. I quickly linked theirs at the bottom of my post, but in case you missed it, you can find it at http://www.wellsreportcontext.com. I mean, I’m sure everyone that already decided the Patriots were guilty will definitely go read it. PS: Their response was 20,000 words. So if you thought MINE was long 😉

4. Things You Can’t Do When You’re Not in a Pool

My friend Caitlin asked for something guaranteed to make her laugh the other day – and this is what I sent her, so I figured I’d share.

5. Split Image

Split Image is a beautifully written article by Kate Fagan on ESPNW.com and it is worth your time. Fagan writes about Madison Holleran, a track star who lost her battle with depression at 19 while attending the University of Pennsylvania last year. Fagan looks at Madison’s Instagram account and social media presence to compare the difference between what was publicly displayed versus Madison’s inner struggles.

“Young women growing up on Instagram are spending a significant chunk of each day absorbing others’ filtered images while they walk through their own realities, unfiltered.”

The article is well-researched and supported by the Holleran family. In memory of Madison, the family has dedicated a Facebook page to ending the stigma of mental illness and suicide prevention. Madison excelled in both academia and sports, while also being beautiful and popular and having a strong family life. It seemed like Madison had everything going for her – but that is why mental illness can be a silent and vicious foe. It is our job to spread understanding so people can come out of the darkness and survive.

  • American Foundation for Suicide Prevention: http://www.afsp.org/
  • Out of the Darkness: http://www.afsp.org/out-of-the-darkness-walks

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Ending the Friday Five on a serious note, again. But I felt like that article needed to be shared, even if the subject is uncomfortable.

How was your week? 

Deflategate – Let’s Get Generally Aware of Some Facts

The Wells Report and Deflategate penalties came down this week and it has caused QUITE the ruckus on my Facebook page with every hater of Patriots nation being very vocal about the report and results. And while I didn’t like the punishment or the report, I really, really didn’t like how many people only read the headlines and ignored a lot of the facts. So here’s a not-quick-at-all-can-barely-be-called-a-summary of what people are getting wrong:

1. Football tampering is SUPER important to the integrity of the game

Instances the NFL did not care about football tampering:

Panthers at Vikings, 2014 – Sideline cameras showed (Evidence! Actual evidence!) both Panthers and Vikings football attendants warming up game balls on the sidelines with a heater. That is changing the air pressure in the footballs and considering tampering and illegal. Both teams were issued a warning. A warning.

San Diego Chargers, 2012 – The Chargers were investigated for having an adhesive substance on towels and using those towels on the game footballs. They were fined $20,000 after the equipment manager did not give over the towels. Hm…an uncooperative equipment manager? The Patriots equipment manager was accused of being uncooperative in the Wells Report because he was not available for a FIFTH interview. He has a day job and offered to do it by phone, but Wells refused. And the Chargers were merely fined 20K and this story was never covered by The Today Show.

Patriots vs Colts, 2015 – What’s that you say? The NFL didn’t care about football tampering during The Game? The Colts went to the NFL to warn them about under inflated footballs and the NFL didn’t take the accusation seriously. They didn’t even record the footballs original PSI! No recordings even after they had been warned something might be up? And speaking of PSI levels…

And please don’t tell me about the junk science article you read about the Patriots fumbling record. Not everything you read on the internet is true.

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2.The Science of PSI

Facts:

  • The football pressure was not recorded before the game. Even after the heads up. So we have to take their word for it that the Colts started at 13 PSI and the Pats at 12.5. What if the Colts started at 13.5 or 13.25? Then the difference between the Patriots and the Colts PSI isn’t significant and definitely attributable to weather.
  • One of the Colts footballs measured at 12.95 at half time. And we’re supposed to believe it started at 13? Every other Patriots AND Colts football dropped significantly in the cold weather except that one? In my opinion, it’s more probable than not that the Colts football started at higher than 13 PSI.
  • Two different gauges were used, and the official (Anderson) couldn’t recall which one he used for sure, but “believes he used the logo gauge” (the logo gauge is the one that recorder higher, .3-.45). But the Wells Report states “it’s more probable than not that Anderson used the non-logo gauge.” The gauges were different by .3 to .45. A huge difference when you’re talking these numbers. So The Wells Report decided to report what fit THEIR narrative even though its printed in the report that when interviewed, Anderson said he thinks he used the Logo gauge.
  • Eleven of the Patriots footballs were retested. Four of the Colts were retested, AFTER the Patriots were done. So for almost 15 minutes the Colts footballs were warming up in the nice, heated locker room while the Patriots footballs were checked. If you are currently thinking, “oh come on, you’re reaching…” add that small temperature change in PSI, with the change of using different gauges, with the change of not knowing exactly where the Colts footballs started? It adds up. Also. Small sample size much?
  • In conclusion: No baseline was established for the footballs, different gauges were used, subjects tested at different times, and a different amount of test subjects. My seventh grade science teachers says that is NOT how you prove a hypothesis.

3. Text Messages

Facts:

  • There is absolutely no mention in those texts that Brady instructed anyone to go less than 12.5 PSI on the footballs. Zero. In fact, the only time a PSI is mentioned, the equipment manager says “I just measured some of the balls. They supposed to be 13 lbs… They were like 16. Felt like bricks”
  • The texts are from months before the AFC Championship, and mostly concern a Jets game were Brady was angry at the equipment manager for not getting the footballs to where Brady preferred. The texts indicate the footballs were closer to 16 PSI. No wonder Brady was angry. Numerous NFL quarterbacks have come forward and said that it is totally normal to want the footballs exactly how they feel best. Aaron Rodgers even admitted to wanting them OVER the legal amount, and purposely pushing the limits.
  • If you read the texts and are convinced Brady asked the equipment managers to go below 12.5 PSI, that can be concluded by what you read. If you read the texts and assume he is just riding them hard to get the footballs exactly like he wants them (12.5) then you can conclude that as well.

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4. Uncooperative Patriots and Brady?

The NFL seems to be touting this line from their penalty letter that “the failure to cooperate in the subsequent investigation” was one of the reasons for the harsh penalty. And that seems silly because the Wells Report stated “The Patriots provided substantial cooperation throughout the investigation.” Huh. So this must be all about Brady’s reluctance to pass over his cell and emails? Because if I was Brady there is no way I would ever give over my cell and emails. We live in a world where everything leaks. The CIA gets hacked and you want me to trust you my personal cell records because you’re on a witch hunt? Absolutely not. His right to privacy is just as sacred as yours or mine.

5. Draft Picks and Fines

The Wells Report clearly states that Bill Belichick and the Patriots organization as a whole did nothing wrong: “We do not believe that the evidence establishes that any other Patriots personnel participated in or had knowledge of the violation of the Playing Rules or the deliberate effort to circumvent the rules described in this Report. In particular, we do not believe there was any wrongdoing or knowledge of wrongdoing by Patriots ownership, Patriots Head Coach Bill Belichick or any other Patriots coach in the matters investigated.” So…why the exorbitant fine and TWO draft picks targeting the entire organization? The Atlanta Falcons AS AN ORGANIZATION cheated for TWO seasons by pumping in crowd noise. That is something that effects every single play called by the opposing offense if they cannot hear. And the Falcons were fined a mere $350,000 and a fifth round draft pick. And those charges were proven. Not “probably.” Not “generally aware.”

6. A Culture of Cheating

This one REALLY bothers me, primarily because most people haven’t even bothered to read this blog post all the way through and educate themselves about what they’re talking about. First off, most people get the facts of SpyGate so wrong that it’s absurd. Opposing fans love to throw it around and yet most have no clue what happened. I still have people, who I used to think were at least informed NFL fans, posting on my Facebook wall that the Patriots taped an opposing team’s practice. That is unequivocally false. In fact, the Boston Herald had to publish a full, front page story apologizing for printing that story without any evidence. I might need to write an entire “Facts about SpyGate” post because people still don’t get it. Anyways. Culture of cheating? Do the Ravens have a culture of felonies because Ray Lewis was accused of killing someone about ten years ago too? And Ray Rice then knocked out his fiancé in an elevator (this is where I insert the obligatory: And Ray Rice originally got a two game suspension for it?!)? And if you think whatever team you are a fan of has never done any against the rules? You’re wrong.

7. Media and Public Opinion

As I stated in February, the public and media care more about the Patriots than any other team because they win. A lot. So this story is going to make The Today Show, and casual fans are going to decide the Patriots cheated. Because they’re not reading the Wells Report. They’re reading the headlines. And the opposing fans are forgetting “innocent until proven guilty” because it’s convenient. The Wells Report, with language like “more probably than not” and “generally aware” is not convincing and nor should it be. But they didn’t have to convince – they had to construct a narrative that makes sure the NFL doesn’t look stupid (not recording the original PSI? really? I’m stuck on that) because the NFL is their boss (millions of dollars of billable hours to this company that once “proved” in court that tobacco doesn’t cause cancer) and enable the NFL to once again make an example of the Patriots. Tom Brady was absolutely not caught cheating.

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Here’s the thing. Bill Belichick was made an example of because he made a mockery of Roger Goodell by disobeying a rule that has been put in place THAT YEAR that prohibited videotaping from the sidelines. So Goodell made an example of him. I understand. Tom Brady is being made an example of because of two things – he did not take this seriously enough at first. He laughed and the NFL did not. He probably had a PR guy in his ear that said “admit nothing, say nothing, this will go away.” And it did not. And he did not cooperate by handing over his cell and email, even after submitting to a six hour interview, in person. So that’s apparently not cooperating.

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My parting general questions:

  • Seriously though – you were warned the footballs might be altered and you didn’t record the PSI? Really.
  • Where are the other quarterbacks now? Don’t want the NFL to come knocking on your door? Because Rodgers made that comment about wanting his footballs above the legal limit BEFORE deflategate was ever a thing. He flippantly talked about it with an NFL commentator like it was no big deal. Because altering a football isn’t a big deal apparently if Rodgers, the Vikings, the Panthers or the Chargers do it.
  • Most importantly: The equipment manager and ball boys never said they deflated the balls after they were checked. Why not? They had said terrible things about essentially their boss (they really, really hated on Tom Brady in those text messages because he was so demanding) and admitted trying to take free sneakers and clothes. They must have known as soon as those texts were released they’d lose their jobs. Why not admit it? One of them is a part time employee! Surely if he deflated footballs in a bathroom he would just admit it when he had nothing to lose.

I stick by this thought, originally from February:

And just to make this clear – if this was sanctioned by anyone in the Patriots organization, it is absolutely wrong and I agree they should be punished for it. But the punishment should fit the crime… and at this point, if they are found innocent of wrongdoing, will people even believe it?

I doubt it – because the court of public opinion has already ruled against them.

Because. They. Win.

Has the punishment fit the crime? Absolutely not. Has the crime been proven? Absolutely not.

This is a big deal because it is the Patriots. End of story. You’re deluding yourself if you think otherwise. Because I didn’t see this kind of coverage during the Falcons or Browns investigations this year. I didn’t even see this much coverage after the original Ray Rice video was released. Or Adrian Peterson. A man can beat his fiancé or child? But something that typically comes with a warning or a $25,000 fine is more important and warrants a several million dollar investigation? Where are the priorities?

Priorities.

Priorities.

Based on the evidence you’ve read above, do you think it’s fair to ruin a man’s reputation? Tom Brady’s legacy is forever tarnished by THIS? That makes me sick to my stomach because of the injustice. This is a media driven story with a narrative developed by a dislike for a team and fostered by an organization (NFL) that needed a scapegoat after  a season of bad decisions. The NFL has gone so far off the rails that I personally think other NFL fans should be upset (they’re not, because #patriothate). And I think Roger Goodell will eventually lose his job over this. Because you can’t make up the rules as you go and expect to just lay the hammer down on the last guy you happen to want to make an example of after an entire season of mishandling sensitive subjects like child abuse and domestic violence.

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Obviously I am a Patriots fan. But I’m also an educated adult who believes I can see clearly. The “crime” is equivalent to using pine tar or stickum. It’s a misdemeanor. It should not be done, but I’m not calling Brady a cheater any more than I’d call Jerry Rice a cheater for stickum. If the equipment manager or ball boy someday comes forward and says, “Yes, I let air out of the footballs in the bathroom after they were checked and Tom Brady specifically told me to” then I’ll come right back here and say Tom Brady did it, without a need for a videotape or text message. But right now? The evidence is not there. And if I am going to ruin a Hall of Fame quarterback’s reputation and brand him a cheater, I’m going to need more than “generally aware” and “more probable than not.”

Like I said. Not a brief summary. But then again, the Patriots didn’t exactly summarize their defense either. If you got this far, thanks for sticking around.

Friday Five – May 8, 2015

Friday Five

1. Hug it out!

The world waited for years to see Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao hug for a half hour rather than actually box. Mayweather is known for his defense (and his numerous offenses against women), while Pacquiao apparently had an injured shoulder before the fight. So basically it was just really boring. Below is my favorite take on the fight!

2. Universal Studios Meets Mario

Universal Studios announced the Nintendo characters and games are coming to their theme parks! Um, I can’t even contain myself. My lifelong dream of playing actual Mario Kart could come true!! Dream photo op: Finding the Princess in another castle… Hogwarts Castle!

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Kristin, we are so ready.

3. Flat Friend Visit

My friend Mary is working with a group of second graders and needed someone to be a pen pal to a child and have a Flat Friend visit. For those not in the know, Flat Stanley is a character in a series of books who goes on adventures and the Flat Stanley Project helps encourage literacy through letter-writing. So I got my own Flat Friend in the mail, along with a letter from a second grader. The one question my second grader asks me? “Is it true that Virginia had slaves?” …Sigh. Of COURSE I got the kid who wants to ask about slavery. Why don’t I go ahead and clear up some questions about religion or politics too? Anyways, I have taken my Flat Friend on a run, to the store, the post office. It’s been unreasonably fun for me.

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Fun Flat Stanley Fact: The Flat Stanley project has been around for ten years…there was even a Flat Stanley on the plane that landed in the Hudson. He was in a briefcase of the friend he was visiting.

4. Once Upon a Time Thoughts (skip if you don’t watch)

My favorite show is gearing up for its two hour season finale this week and I can’t wait. Season Thoughts:

  • Why must they turn Belle into an idiot? I mean really. She’s supposed to be smart. And this entire season they’ve been dumbing her down. So strange.
  • Love Regina’s full arc and path to redemption
  • Zelena is really starting to annoy me. I am not a fan. …and pregnant? I call shenanigans. Or at least I hope so.
  • The hair and makeup team has been doing a phenomenal job of making Emma look like she is becoming more of a villain every day. Her heart is going dark? More like those circles under her eyes! Throughout the season I have noticed she is less bright eyed and hero-esque and more pale and villain-esque. Do you think they are prepping us for Rumple to die…and Emma becomes the new Dark One?  <gasp> Or am I reaching because I just can’t understand why her makeup team has let her down?

5. Ya Burnt!

My favorite Seth Meyers skit is back! Royal baby, May Pac fight, Mother’s Day, ya burnt!

 

How was your week? Excited about Nintendo at Universal Studios? The Once Upon a Time finale? Comment below!

Friday Five – May 1, 2015

Friday Five

Happy May! Can you believe it’s already May? It’s my birthday month!

1. Oodles of Zoodles

I have been spiralizing up a storm since getting my Spiralizer last week and I’m happy to report they’re delicious! This tool is both super easy to use AND clean which means I think it’s the greatest thing ever. I am way less likely to use a kitchen gadget if it is hard to clean, I hate that. And I am happy to report that Josh enjoys zucchini noodles, though we’ve been easing them into the menu by combining them with a few cheese tortellini! Keep an eye out for an all Spiralizer themed List in the future!

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Here’s the one I bought:
Paderno World Cuisine A4982799 Tri-Blade Plastic Spiral Vegetable Slicer

2. The White House Correspondent’s Dinner

President Obama gave his usual speech to kick off the dinner and he did not hold back! Honestly, watching the entire thing is worth it. It’s hilarious, self-deprecating and the satire is spot on. But it’s 21 minutes so I completely understand most people don’t have the patience for that length of a video so here’s a two minute highlight reel. Everyone’s got two minutes:

View the entire speech here. It really is worth your time.

3. NFL Draft Day should be a National Holiday

I love Draft Day! It means football is creeping closer and that’s always a good thing. Plus, I root for a team that manages to always do great things on draft day, which is nice. If you didn’t stay up for the last first round pick yesterday, the Super Bowl Champion New England Patriots selected defensive tackle Malcolm Brown. Great pick.

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4. Cat friends vs. Dog friends

This YouTube has been around a while, but in case you missed it…here’s a look at what it’s like to have a friend that acts like a dog versus a friend that acts like a cat!

5. Shut up and Dance!

I love a good dance movie. It all started with Save the Last Dance, which Megan and I saw at least three times in the theater in high school. But the love continued with Center Stage, Step Up and the cinematic classic You Got Served. Below is a mash up of scenes from different movies (not just “dance” movies) where the main characters dance. I guarantee it will make you smile!

 

Are you ready to jump on the Zoodle wagon and buy a Spiralizer?

More importantly, are you ready for some football?!