How I Survived Zico’s “Banging Body Bootcamp”

I am not known generally as a “morning person,” unless, of course, being a morning person means being irritable, slow, and angry at said morning. That’s why when I was invited to a bootcamp this morning at 8 AM, sponsored by ZICO chilled juices, I was like hellllll no. Why on Earth would I voluntarily […]

BANTER BLENDER #99: Ray Rice, Taylor Swift, Joan Rivers, and ‘Utopia’

Writer Jessica Ogilvie (Playboy) returns to the Banter Blender podcast to discuss the latest events in a summer of craziness. We start with Ray Rice and the larger question of can bad behavior ever be forgiven? This leads to discussion of Chris Brown and Michael Vick before eventually landing on the most pressing debate of […]

Tournament of Cham Winner Revealed!

Well, another year has come and gone, and March Madness has drawn to a close. As usual, the Tournament of Cham was an exciting affair — at least for everyone except me, thanks to my horrific bracket. It’s par for the course, really. Anyway, there were ups and downs, upsets and broken legs, but in […]

2013 Tournament of Cham!

Hey everyone. It’s time for the 2013 Tournament of Cham! That’s right: March Madness is here, and since this blog is synonymous with sports coverage, it only makes sense to once again participate in some b-ball brackets! Signing up is easy. Just go to and join the group. This year, the Tournament of Cham […]

BANTER WITH BEN AND LISA: Ep. 39 – Dinner With Chad Ochocinco! Also, Cash Cab Winner Revealed

We got a big ol’ story on this week’s Banter with Ben and Lisa. The long and the short of it is that I had a spontaneous dinner with football superstar Chad Ochocinco (née Johnson) in Beverly Hills. What’s Chad like? How did it happen? It’s all in the podcast. Plus, Lisa and I chat […]

Tournament of Cham 2012 Week 2 Update!

This has been quite the year for March Madness, and after a crazy weekend, we have our Final Four: Kentucky, Louisville, Ohio State, and Kansas. Only one member of the Tournament of Cham accurately predicted this foursome, and that clairvoyant participant is none other than SpecialK, whose bracket (“SpecialK”) has stormed to the top of […]

Tournament of Cham Update!

It was a wild and wacky weekend in the men’s NCAA basketball tournament. Several big seeds were eliminated, leaving many people’s brackets a hot mess. In the wake of the destruction, we have some interesting results in the Tournament of Cham. In first place is a two-way tie with Fried Cheese and, surprisingly, ME. I […]

Time for the 2012 B-Side Blog Tournament of Cham!

March Madness is upon us, and that can only mean one thing: the return of The Tournament of Cham! Longtime readers of this blog will remember that when I first started this NCAA Tourney brackets group a few years ago, “B-Side Blog Tournament of Champions” was simply too long for Yahoo to process, and so […]