August 2008

Episode 109: Wednesday, August 20, 2008

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The Paunch Stevenson Show episode 109

In this episode:

  • our movie review of The X Files: I Want to Believe (2008) starring David Duchovny and Gillian Anderson,
  • Chris Carter’s other TV shows (The Lone Gunmen, Millennium, and Harsh Realm),
  • the unpopularity of sci-fi on TV,
  • our movie review of Journey to the Center of the Earth 3D (2008) starring Brendan Fraser,
  • computer generated dinosaurs,
  • Rob’s problem of forgetting movies a few years after watching them,
  • our movie review of Tropic Thunder (2008) starring Ben Stiller and Robert Downey Jr.,
  • celebrity deaths (Bernie Mac and Isaac Hayes, thanks to www.deadoraliveinfo.com),
  • Jim Henson,
  • Morgan Freeman’s car crash and injuries,
  • the curse of The Dark Knight (2008),
  • Michael Caine,
  • upcoming movies in 2009 (Fast and Furious starring Vin Diesel, The Evil Dead directed by Sam Raimi, and Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen starring Shia LaBeouf),
  • Michael Bay,
  • Richard Dreyfuss suing his father and uncle for $870,000,
  • and the unreleased Super Nintendo video game Steven Seagal Is the Final Option.

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Episode 108: Sunday, August 10, 2008

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The Paunch Stevenson Show episode 108

In this episode:

  • special guest Esteban from Please Save Me Robots (pleasesavemerobots.blogspot.com),
  • Comic-Con International in San Diego, CA,
  • the upcoming movie The Day the Earth Stood Still (2008) starring Keanu Reeves,
  • Ringo Starr,
  • the BotCon Transformers convention,
  • video game grading services,
  • gasoline octane ratings,
  • obsessed collectors,
  • the upcoming movie TR2N (2010) starring Jeff Bridges,
  • funny videos of The Wicker Man (2006) on YouTube,
  • the Japanese origin of the Transformers toy line,
  • Ironhide and Ratchet’s horrible robot forms,
  • 3D movies (Journey to the Center of the Earth, The Nightmare Before Christmas, and Star Wars),
  • holographic video,
  • putting your face in HD DVD movies,
  • Esteban’s experience as a weather observer in the United States Air Force,
  • his UFO sighting in Korea,
  • the Alamo in San Antonio, TX,
  • watching Star Wars: Episode III – Revenge of the Sith (2005) in Turkey,
  • Esteban’s experience at McMurdo Station in Antarctica,
  • Antarctic roads and speed limits,
  • and a celebrity death (Estelle Getty, thanks to www.deadoraliveinfo.com).

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Gary Coleman, Minor League Baseball “Player”

posted on Aug 3, 2008 | Comments (1)

Coleman Ejected

Gary Coleman, one of our first Hall of Lamers, decided to be yet another in the long list of celebrities trying their hand at perhaps the most difficult professional sport, baseball. Coleman was thrown out of the game before he even got to bat for the Madison Mallards up in Wisconsin.

Here’s the story from The Wisconsin State Journal:

Herbert determined the (pine tar) amount was illegal and — after Coleman offered to “wipe it off” — also found the bat to be corked. The umpire pulled out a piece of black rubber on the end of the bat and watched several “super balls” spill out of the bat.

“Looks like you’re going to have a short night,” Herbert joked as he threw Coleman out of the game.

Coleman took more offense with the short joke than he did his ejection, bumping the umpire to the delight of the 5,000-plus in attendance. Eventually, Coleman set up shop behind the third-base bleachers, signing autographs (at $20 a pop) and posing for photos (those were free).

So the whole thing was a joke? We’re not laughing. Billy Crystal earlier this year in spring training, did the same kind of stunt, with the Yankees, at age 60, getting one at bat. Garth Brooks spent a whole spring with the Padres in 1999 and the Mets in 2000, although he at least looked the part. Why do these celebrities try these things when they are old, fat, out of shape, and washed up?