Friday, December 19, 2008

The Price is Right...Exact Actually

So if you know me well, you know that there's one thing that I hold very close to my heart: The Price is Right. That is, until Drew Carey horrendously made the impossible look impossible by making a piss-poor attempt at taking over for the legend that is Bob Barker.

But horrible hosting aside, The Price is Right is still the best game show in history. And something glorious happened this week on the show: a perfect Showcase bid.

If you're a fan of the show, you may be thinking...THAT'S IMPOSSIBLE! It's happened once before. Well, perhaps they illegally gave some inside information to a contestant to boost ratings but I had faith that this was genuine.

See for yourself:

Now, from doing a little research, I've learned 3 things:

1. There are people out there that are wayyyyyyyyy more into The Price is Right than imaginable (See this website)...and it seems that they're referred to as "LFaT"s (Loyal Friend and True)

2. There's some underground muttering about this exact bid. Apparently one of these so-called LFaTs was helping out these contestants on this show, taped about a month ago (perfectly acceptable in the game - contestants always look to the crowd for help). And apparently there was a long delay between the contestant bids and the revealing of the prices, likely due to suspicion over the exact bid, which is probably why Drew Carey seems practically emotionless when announcing it (BOO!)

3. I just spent way too much time coming to those conclusions.

Tuesday, December 9, 2008

Save Three Sheets - Rally in LA & NYC!

Just last week, I posted about one of my favorite shows and its struggle to get resigned to another network after the ceasing of operations of its original network, MOJO. I mentioned that on his website, you can choose from a list of networks to email in an effort to fight for Zane Lamprey's occupation as a TV drinking host. has been released that Zane is rallying next week!!! And by rallying, he means pub crawling of course. Here are the dates and locations:
  • December 16: LA
  • December 18: NYC
I can't figure out why Milford, CT wasn't the third option...but whatever. Oh's because no TV executives live here. In both locations, Zane will lead hundreds of fans on routes in supposed areas where TV execs linger, in hopes that an enormous ruckus of drunk people will make a difference. I'm sold...however it's a bit far for me to go.

By the way, the website states that if you plan a rally in a city near you and it's strong enough, they'll consider it if you e-mail your ideas to For those who can't make it to the rallies but want to express your support, you can buy "Save Three Sheets" t-shirts. But if you live near LA or NYC, and you want to drink with Zane and fight for his show, make sure you go out. You can even register at to get details on which bars Zane will be at and to get some free drink tickets.

There are many more details here.

Wednesday, December 3, 2008

Advertising on High School Tests

A calculus teacher in California ran into a problem when his school cut his copying budget. He was allowed $316 for copying when in reality, he needed atleast $500 for printing tests for his students. His solution: selling ad space on his tests.
  • $10 for a quiz
  • $20 for a chapter test
  • $30 for a semester final
It's not like Coca-Cola and American Express are jumping at this opportunity. He's raised $350 so far, and it's come from parents of students or local businesses that parents are connected to, but this teacher's idea can definitely raise eyebrows. The parents can add their own or a famous quote to the bottom of these tests or if it's a business, they can add something else. For example, a local dentist used, "Brace yourself for a great semester! Braces by Henry, Stephen P. Henry, D.M.D."

The idea of advertising on tests immediately sent amusing ideas around in my head, such as:
  • Don't know any of these answers? Call 1-555-Tutor
  • Pstt...Hey...yea, you!...Snap out of it, you're in a classroom. Sponsored by the Anti-Drug Foundation
  • Let's be honest here...your answer to #5? I think you might need our help. -Manure Transport Services
The possibilities could go on and on...good for this teacher for coming up with this idea.

Tuesday, December 2, 2008

ESPN Commercials

Over the years, I've come to realize that there is a company that most consistently (and by that, I mean always) has had the funniest television commercials...usually funnier than any beer advertisement out there...and that company is ESPN. They've used the same formula for years now: popular athletes among the ESPN sportscasters in an office cubicle environment, as if it's what goes on at the ESPN offices. Searching YouTube for about 2 1/2 minutes, I found a good handful of some funny ones in recent years. I could probably dedicate an entire blog to these gems, but feel free to request your favorites and I'll try to find them for another post. Here are some good ones...Enjoy!

Manning Brothers

Celtics - Pierce, Garnett and Allen

Michael Phelps

Lebron James

Maria Sharapova

And this one is kind of what inspired me to create this post, one of the more recent ads with Shaq:

Monday, December 1, 2008

Save 3 Sheets!

Believe it or not, it's December 1st (excuse me for the week-long hiatus). If you have HD TV, you may have been among the many lucky ones to get the channel MOJO. I say "have been" because as of today, the network is gone...if you tune into whatever channel you used to watch it on, you will see a message saying that it has "ceased operations."

MOJO, an HD-only network, was much like Spike TV...programming mainly targeted for men: drinking, sports, technology, gambling, etc. By far, the best program on the channel was a show called Three Sheets. The show involves an eccentric host by the name of Zane Lamprey, who travels around the world and learns (and thus educates the viewer) about drinking traditions in whatever city he is visiting. He tries new drinks, find out about how they're made and always tries a new hangover ritual in each episode. It's informative, interesting and above all, funny. The best thing about the show is Zane Lamprey's personality.

Without its home network however, Three Sheets has no home. Logically, I would think Spike TV would pick up this show, which has 15 new episodes ready to go with 5 in the works...but as of yet, no network has grabbed at the opportunity. Well, if you're a fan, or if you're eager to check out the show after reading my awesome summary, you can go to this site and fight for Zane's right to party...and make a living while doing it.

Fight for Zane! As he put it, don't let him become "that guy who used to host that drinking show."