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 […]

BANTER WITH BEN AND LISA #68: Emmys Recap, Jon Gosselin, Nate Burleson, and Portland Adventures

This week on “Banter with Ben and Lisa,” Ben Mandelker ( and Lisa Timmons ( give pop culture a big bear hug. First, Ben discusses his recent trip to Portland and shares passages from an 1888 etiquette book he found at Powell’s Bookstore. Then the two talk about Nate Burleson of the Detroit Lions and […]

Taylor Lautner and a Handful of NFL Stars Envision ‘Field of Dreams 2’

Field of Dreams 2: NFL Lockout with Taylor Lautner from Taylor Lautner If there’s no football this year, I’m going to cry. But at least Taylor Lautner shares my pain. And so do a whole bunch of football players too, who clearly have nothing better to do with their free lockout time than appear in […]

SUPER BOWL ADS: The Good, The Bad, and the FAIL

The dust has settled. Green Bay has won the Super Bowl, and football season has come to an end. I no longer have to check BetUS for Super Bowl Odds and can return to my normal life of pontificating about pop culture. This, of course, means weighing in on Super Bowl commercials. Overall, this year’s […]

Jets’ Bart Scott CAN’T WAIT To Play The Steelers

The playoff games this weekend were a bit hit and miss, with the NFC providing little by way of thrills. The AFC, however, brought the big guns, and it all culminated in an exciting, intense showdown between the New England Patriots and the New York Jets. It only takes one look at the dejected state […]

YEA OR NEIGH: Is Tom Brady The Worst?

We are in the thick of NFL playoffs, and with an epic Jets vs. Patriots showdown just around the corner, players from both teams are mouthing off. Getting the ball rolling was Antonio Cromartie of the Jets who accused Patriots QB Tom Brady of being an “asshole.” Why? He cited Tom’s questionable sportsmanship when he […]

B-Side Blog Visits The Dallas Cowboys Training Camp!

Everything about the Dallas Cowboys seems to speak TEXAS, but what many people might not realize is that the team spends half its training camp period in Oxnard, CA. For the longest time, I’d intended to travel north to see the squad preparing for the regular season, but it wasn’t until this year that I […]