Life of Brian

I have loved Family Guy since it debuted back in 1999.  It holds a very special place in my heart.  It’s not The Simpsons (the greatest show ever.  Well, it peaked in season 8, but we can discuss that later), but its pretty damned good.  My good friend Mike hates the show.  Doesn’t get it.  I even made him watch Blue Harvest, and he didn’t love it.  He loves Star Wars.  I’ve tried everything and just can’t get him into it.  But it was important to me that he tried.  Because the show is that important to me.

The Simpsons came out this year and said they were going to kill off a famous character.  My fraternity brother Fez and I have discussed which character that will be.  I am prepared for the worst.  But at least I had time to prepare.  What Family Guy did… I wasn’t ready for.

If you haven’t heard, the writers killed off the family dog, Brian.  Brian, in my mind, had pretty much become the best character on the show.  He didn’t always have the funniest jokes, or the best storylines, but I loved him.  And now he’s gone.

I won’t spoil how he was killed, but I was really thinking the whole episode that something would happen and everything would be okay.  A dream sequence.  Stewie would rebuild his time machine.  Something, ANYTHING.  When the show ended, I said out loud, “What the f**k was that?!?!?”  Luckily my daughters stayed asleep.  Because it was loud.  I immediately jumped online to find out if this was maybe part 1 of a two part episode, and maybe Seth MacFarlane would say, “Don’t worry!  Let us handle this!”  But no.  He’s gone.

In an interview with E!, one of the EP’s said “our fans are smart enough and have been loyal to our show for long enough, to know that they can trust us. We always make choices that always work to the greatest benefit of the series.”  But this doesn’t feel right.  I’m one of these loyal fans, and I’ve always trusted them.  I will be very skeptical going forward.

I mean for God’s sake!  The new dog is so f**king terrible!!  I know, it’s one episode and they needed to give him an origin story.  But talk about boring.  Maybe I was just in too much shock to care.  Maybe I’ll be in too much shock to care going forward.  We shall see.

There are petitions online to bring Brian back.  People are pissed.  And they have every right to be.  A favorite TV character dying can be traumatic for people.  I’ve read a few pages of comments from people on different sites, and there are a lot of people who won’t be watching the show any longer.  I am not one of these people.  I will continue to watch, but with great hesitation.  It won’t feel right, and it won’t be the same.  It’s probably going to suck, and my friend Mike will be right, finally.  Don’t tell him I said that.

I really hope something happens and they decide to bring him back.  I don’t care if it’s some stupid made up way, like in the episode where Stewie killed Lois.  Just do it.  But until then, I will be sad.

RIP Brian.

Brittany Murphy

Okay I know I promised that I would write more lately.  This post is the start of the more writing.  Hopefully Phil will as well.  And not just about how much he hates Tom Brady.  Seriously dude, let it go.  It’s over for you.  I keep forgetting to update our league.  Phil is tied for DFL at 3-8.  He blames Tom Brady, but he has way more problems.  Like…. okay it can all be tied back to Tom Brady.  Now where was I?  Oh right.

There were a couple of very interesting developments this week that I wanted to get to.  And I will very soon.  But the first is something I have followed closely.  On December 20, 2009, Brittany Murphy surprisingly died.  It never made much sense to those around her.  Why did I follow it closely?  Well, I wrote a review for for her last film here.  Well, her last film until this new movie that’s coming out this year.  So I’m going to have to review that too, so I can say I reviewed her final film.

So, it’s been a crazy few years in this case.  There has been reports that she was involved with a homeland security whistleblower.  Her husband was reportedly involved with her mother.  Now, apparently her father got his own toxicology report and her hair tested positive for 10 heavy metals leading some to believe she was poisoned.

There was toxic mold supposedly found in the house.  The official cause of death was pneumonia.  But then her husband dies of it five months later?  I love Murphy.  She was great in 8 Mile.  Not so much in Abandoned, in case you didn’t take the time to read my review.  I love a good conspiracy theory, but why would someone go through all the trouble just to poison a Hollywood B-lister at best?  I hope it wasn’t true, even though it makes for a good story.

Her father is discussing exhuming her body.  I hope he doesn’t go through with it.  Yes, I can understand wanting the truth.  Wanting to know for sure what killed your daughter.  But for the love of God, let her rest in peace.

Opening Night

I know, I know.  You’re thinking, Eric, opening night was a week ago!  Get off my back!  Phil and I went to opening night for the Sacramento Kings last Wednesday night.  And it was amazing.  Let me get a few things out of the way first.

I live about 35-40 minutes away from the arena.  I had to pick up three guys (including Phil’s lazy ass.  You’re welcome by the way) and drop off my daughters at my wife’s office.  I was in the car a total of 2 hours and 15 minutes!!  I have never been more excited for the new arena.  Including, what should have been a half hour trip after the drop off, taking an hour and 15 minutes.  When the new arena is built, I can take the light rail train from 15 minutes from my house right to the arena.  And drink.  Always drink on the train.  Phil can ride his bike from his office 2 minutes to the arena.  And I can avoid downtown in my car.  2016 cannot come soon enough.

IMG_1205[1]So here is a picture from the parking lot of Sleep Train Arena!  If you’ve read any of our other posts with photos, you’ll know that’s me in front and Phil on the far right.  Our friend Bill is between us, and Ryan is hiding behind me drinking my favorite beer, Moosehead Lager.  It was a Purple Out so we are all wearing purple.  Except Phil.  He was too cool to wear a purple shirt.  Luckily for him, they were giving away purple shirts to everyone once we got inside.

IMG_1206[1]There was a fanfest going on.  By this point it was getting really close to time to go inside so we didn’t get to enjoy any of the activities.  Sucked because a lot of the stuff looked pretty fun.  I’m pretty pissed because I took some photos of the friends we met up with, but the pictures didn’t turn out.  I love the action photos and there was beer everywhere.  I do love the new sign that adorns the side of Sleep Train.  Kings: 1985-Forever always gets me a little choked up!


Outside of the arena, there is a tribute statue to us!  The sixth man!  For those unfamiliar with basketball, the sixth man is the fans.  So that’s Phil on the far left, me next to him and Bill on the the right.  And yes, I’m wearing a custom made Walt Williams Jersey.  And its spectacular.

This is where the pictures get a little crappy.  We were in the upper deck and apparently the camera on my phone doesn’t like being that high up.  So I’ll just throw them in here.


This is the Arena from our seats…obviously.



Ugh I’m super pissed.  I took video of the introductions.  But the audio in the top deck is terrible.  But I don’t want the new owners to fix anything.  Why spend the money?  It’s really not worth it.  So I’m not going to post that.

Phil and I loved it.  And the Kings won!!  Jason Thompson with a HUGE putback dunk with a minute left gave the Kings a 90-88 victory over the Denver Nuggets!!  A group of 20 guys going to the game was a great way to open the season.  I can’t wait till we go again.  Phil?  When will that be?  Let’s go!  At least lets do some bar hopping!


My Tom Brady Fantasy Football Experience Explained in Two GIFs

Through Week 8, Tom Brady had been a monumental disappointment; his sub-par performances having single-handedly cost me at least a couple fantasy football match-ups.

Screw you Tom Brady.

So I benched him in favor of Alex Smith… and he went off for 432 yards and four TDs.

Screw you Tom Brady.