Chris Perez, Scarlett Johansson, Mad Men, Josh Gordon and more – WFNY Podcast – 2013-06-12

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WFNY Podcast LogoA Joncast! It’s been too long since I caught up with Jon and we talked about a whole host of topics from sports to television to Captain America filming in Cleveland.

  • ScarJo kissing Chris Evans
  • The cost/benefit of the movie filming in Cleveland
  • Traffic and the luck of Clevelanders with their rush hour
  • Do you have a “list” with your wife? If so, is it real?
  • Amanda Seyfried and how my wife would approve
  • Jon’s theory that the Indians should have traded Chris Perez and Asdrubal Cabrera this off-season
  • Personally judging an athlete and having it skew your analysis
  • Jose Valverde and his ability to ruin a good team
  • The money assigned to Brett Meyers never made sense
  • The weakest link of the Indians is the starting rotation
  • The Indians losing streaks didn’t seem to be possible for this kind of streaking
  • Do strikeout prone teams make themselves more susceptible to a losing streak?
  • Codeine and the facts of the situation
  • Collectively bargained rules and what’s going on in the NFL
  • Drug testing and privacy grounds
  • Cycling and the dirtiness of it
  • Performance enhancing vs. healing
  • The ethics of giving NFL players “the spike”
  • The witch hunt on players who did nothing but make everyone happy by using
  • Bud Selig being complicit and now having to drop the hammer on drugs
  • Mad Men and Don Draper’s blatant unlikeability now
  • Can Don Draper ever be sympathetic ever again?
  • Can they plan the third act so that Don Draper becomes a better man at the end?
  • Once you get used to the charisma of Don Draper and Tony Soprano what are you left with?
  • The moment of adultery and its wide-reaching implications
  • The sexiness of the advertising industry and how it also fell downhill
  • Wanting Goodfellas to end before it jumped off the rails
  • Zero Dark Thirty and Band of Brothers

  • Vindictive_Pat

    My guess as to the story Josh Gordon told the NFL: He went home, went to a party, somebody put a cup in his hand, he drank it thinking it was an alcoholic mixed drink, he realized that it was purple drank, and he stopped drinking it. He gets tested and has low amounts of codeine in his system and a story explaining how it happened and the NFL goes easy on him with a 2-game suspension rather than 4. Anyone w/ a better explanation than that one?

  • jimkanicki

    that would work better if he offered that up in his statement instead of the prescription story.

  • Vindictive_Pat

    Good point, but my story is more fun than, “I went to a non-team doctor because my throat was killing me in the middle of the night and I didn’t want to wake those dudes up, and that dumb doctor gave me a prescription for codeine cough syrup!”

  • BenRM

    Wait, you mean that same thing hasn’t happened to you? I find myself calling shady non-team doctors on the regular. Who knows what they give me?

  • Harv 21

    I hear your criticisms about where they’re going with Don Draper but I see it less as Weiner experimenting with the limits of viewer distaste for a lead character than trying to stay true to the main themes over maybe more seasons than the creator anticipated. They just relentlessly peel off layers of his defenses in the context of the chaotic times. Hard to envision a final season redemption. There was too much of a generation gap for those raised in the Depression to suddenly try bell bottoms and beards. To me, having a WWII vet like Roger enjoy tripping on acid is the most borderline-false tone they strike.

    I think Don’s going to walk away alone, in some ambiguous ending. It’s not a show that have more than one main character die.