THE MINUTE: August 26, 2019

The first Minute of the school year. It's official, today is the beginning of classes and it's left me wondering where the summer went. I swear I just turned in my last final in May, but I guess time flies by when you do absolutely nothing. It was an absolutely beautiful day in Iowa City this morning as I was greeted to grey skies and a light drizzle as I waltzed out my front door ready to absorb all the knowledge given to me; nothing like dreariness to get me in the mood to learn. It might be a busy semester (I'll find out) so there might be days I miss an upload, but that's not too out of the ordinary. Keep an eye out for the new pod, I'm finally starting to lineup some guests.


Andrew Luck retires from the Colts

I usually let the Futon Fartboys and Matty Ice handle the football stuff because I have pretty much no clue what I'm talking about, but this is something I can speak on. I'll admit it: in second grade I officially became a fair-weather fan when I transitioned my "fandom" from the Chicago Bears to the Indianapolis Colts following their Super Bowl defeat of the Bears. I didn't grow up a Bears fan and I was like seven, so I excuse it. I've stuck to them since the switch. I have a very basic knowledge of football and get super lost when routes and schemes get brought into the mix, but I do understand touchdowns.

I'm not going to keep rambling on about stuff I don't know about, even though that's pretty much The Minute in itself. Andrew Luck retired on Saturday. When I saw that Matty Ice texted the Burbs group chat announcing it, I couldn't believe it. I swear Matty Ice is the Grim Reaper for my favorite athletes, always telling me when they go down. When I opened Twitter I saw the now-infamous Adam Schefter tweet that revealed Luck's intentions to retire from the NFL. At first I was in shock, then the sadness hit. I was never mad, how could I be? This guy spent years getting rocked because of a non-existent offensive line and by the time Indy finally put a true contender around him, it was just too much. I'm too soft to play football, but I can only imagine the toll it takes on your body, especially when you're getting rammed by monstrous men every Sunday.

I was actually able to see Andrew Luck's last career game in Kansas City in the AFC Divisional Round. We "almost died" on the way there and ended up watching the Colts get stomped in the middle of a brutal snowstorm, but at least it kind of all came full circle? To Andrew Luck, who will never read this, thanks. Enjoy retirement doing whatever academia you pursue.


Happy birthday, James Harden

I don't have much to add, but yeah, happy birthday to The Beard. I personally believe that he should (probably) be a four-time MVP at this point, but I can only beat that drum so many times. Watch some highlights to celebrate.


Succession continues to be my favorite show on TV

I've been doing semi-recaps of each episode the last few weeks but I'm going to put a stop to that. If you watched it you know what happened, plus I usually go off memory so I definitely miss details. I'll probably do an end of season review.

Succession has definitely cemented itself as my favorite show on right now, even though it's one of like three shows I watch live. It's really found its footing over the last six episodes or so and I'm invested in the Roy's consistently abhorrent behavior. I find it mind-blowing that anyone in that family still talks to, nevertheless works with, each other on a daily basis with the constant backstabbing. Kendall and Roman get a rager whenever they have a chance to tattle on each other to Logan, and this week's episode was no different. Last night's episode featured a company-wide retreat in which Logan tries to uncover the "rats" who ruined a mega-takeover of another conglomerate and talked to a biographer attempting to write an all-encompassing book on Logan's life. Tom and Greg get dragged into a "game" in which they become "piggies" and yeah... you just have to watch for yourself. They essentially got any confidence hazed out of them.

If you're not watching this show, START. It's such an easy binge to catch up on and things are really starting to hit the fan, I'm strapped in for an explosive ending to the season.

The Righteous Gemstones is the best new comedy of the fall

HBO is packing another gorgeous one-two punch on Sunday nights with Succession and their newest comedy, The Righteous Gemstones, which follows an uber-wealthy family of televangelists. After Sundays over the summer left me feeling beyond anxious with Big Little Lies and Euphoria, I'm glad I can finally start the week fresh with a laugh.

There have only been two episodes so far, but I'm really enjoying it. The pilot is an hour long but it seems as if the remaining episodes are going to be a half-hour, which is perfect. It has an incredible cast in Danny McBride (who also created, wrote, and directed it), John Goodman, Adam DeVine, and Edi Patterson who all come together to form the Gemstones. It's not a show that makes fun of religion but rather takes a satirical approach to how people like Joel Osteen operate behind the scenes.

The trailer above doesn't reveal the premise, which is a good thing because there's a lot of nice twists, but it gives you a feel for the show. It's super funny and has a nice crime aspect mixed in; I'm going to be looking forward to this every week.