Set Your Calendars: The Gang Arrives Soon

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Just wanted to give a quick update and inform those who have yet to hear–the FX network finally released the set premiere date for season ten of It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia! The first episode of the season will air on Wednesday January, 14th at 10:00 pm on the FXX.

To boost the excitement, enjoy a few teaser videos courtesy of the network’s YouTube channel, “FXX.”

Mark your calendars and start counting down the days!

The Gang Makes a Game

As the weekend approaches and it’s game day here at St. Bonaventure, I wanted to share something that I have utilized many times since I’ve entered college and started watching It’s Always Sunny. In 2009, College Humor released a drinking game in association with the show. The game presents a list of common occurrences from the series, requiring that all players drink “X” amount of times whenever a listed instance takes place within an episode. Fairly simple, but incredibly fun.

I remember sitting in my dorm room freshman year, on my rickety Walmart futon, sharing beers with my roommate while laughing along with each episode of the show. While this game may just seem like an excuse to get hammered with your buddies, I think there’s more to it. Maybe it’s just because I’m freakishly connected to the show, but drinking along with the game seemed to instill a sense of comradery between myself and the characters. At times, I would feel like I was there in the dreary lighting of Paddy’s Pub, concocting bogus plans with the gang.

Regardless of if this game draws you into the lives of the characters, or just lets you relax and enjoy the show, it’s a lot of fun and all you need is some beer and a place to watch. I encourage everyone to throw on an episode of It’s Always Sunny at your next pregame, and enjoy the show–it gets even better with each beer, trust me.

It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia: The Drinking Game

Drink every time somebody uses the following phrases:

“throwing down life lessons”

“what’s up, bitches?”

“pop that shirt off”

—”you want ‘x’ to pop” (ie “you want your muscles to pop,” “this will make your eyes pop”)                                                       

-Drink anytime the Gang mocks one another with a display of fake crying.

Drink anytime someone in the Gang points something out as racist.

-Drink anytime someone is drinking on the show. 2x if it’s a member of the gang.

-Drink anytime Dee is referred to as “Sweet Dee” by one of the Gang.

-Drink for any demeaning reference to Sweet Dee as old, ugly, untalented, or any combination thereof.

-Drink for any reference to Sweet Dee’s back brace.
—2x drink if they refer toher as a monster or “Aluminum Monster.”
—3x drink if the back brace actually appears.

-Drinks for anytime Sweet Dee refers to the gang as “boners.”

-Drink for any evidence of Charlie’s illiteracy, or references to it by the Gang.

-Drink anytime Frank brandishes a gun, or anyone brandishes a weapon.
—2x for characters other than Frank brandishing a gun.

-Drink anytime Frank wants “in on this action.”

-Drink anytime somebody is shown on drugs, or any reference to past drug use (including Charlie sniffing glue).
—2x if they are shown taking the drugs or sniffing glue.

-Drink for any instance of a homoerotic massage.

-Drink anytime Charlie appears in long Johns.

-Drink for any appearance of the Waitress.
—2x if the Gang actually calls her “waitress.”

-Drink for any appearance of the McPoyles or Rickety Cricket.

-Drink anytime someone in the Gang punctuates a point with “Boom!” or “Bam!”

-Drink anytime something is set on fire.  

2x if it is a person or other living thing.

Original source: http://www.collegehumor.com/post/5573612/its-always-sunny-in-philadelphia-the-drinking-game

Something We Can All Get Behind: Meet The Founder Of The Dude Hates Cancer!

Wonderful piece written by my best friend, Olivia Merrill, regarding a cancer awareness campaign with some familiar supporters.

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Meet Tim Maxwell! - Photo via @TimothyMaxwellMeet Tim Maxwell! – Photo via @TimothyMaxwell

I do mind, the Dude minds. This will not stand, ya know, this aggression will not stand, man.” – The Dude……….

Meet Tim Maxwell, the founder of a very unique fundraising campaign that has found its way to Buffalo. The Dude Hates Cancer is a volunteer cancer awareness campaign that is based off of the famous indie movie, The Big Lebowski. Tim grew up in Twinsburg, Ohio, a suburb of Cleveland, and moved to Orchard Park when he was in the third grade. Tim stated, “My mom was born and raised in Buffalo, so even when we were in Ohio, my parents always had designs on moving back to Buffalo to raise us, and that opportunity eventually presented itself. So, I’m from Orchard Park, with a hint of Cleveland.”

Look at that crew! = Photo via www.geekadelphia.comLook at that crew! = Photo via http://www.geekadelphia.com

In December of 2000, Tim’s…

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Charlie Goes to College…Again

Before the new season of It’s Always Sunny begins and my blog fills with exciting reviews and news updates about upcoming episodes, I want to take the time to talk about something I find to be quite inspirational. Now, when one looks at the characters within this program I’m sure words like “intelligent,” “wise,” and “inspirational,” aren’t ones that quickly come to mind. However, Charlie Day recently gave a commencement speech to Merrimack College’s graduating class of 2014. Having graduated from Merrimack himself in 1998, when I was a mere three years old (scary), Mr. Day returned this year to speak to the students about his journey through life.

Over the course of his speech, Day highlights three main points about how he traveled from student to success story–all the while lacing his tales with his natural wit, as expected. He explains how after college he had three choices: accept a job at the Fidelity Corporation (something he really knew little about), work in Boston to establish a basis for his move to the city, or move right to NYC to pursue his acting career. Leaving behind the security of the first two options, he chose the latter. He worked busing tables, lived in poor conditions, and faced failure on a regular basis. This failure however, is where his first lesson comes into play: “Be willing to fail, let yourself fail. Fail in the way and the place where you would want to fail. Fail, pick yourself up, and fail again. Because without this struggle, what is your success anyway?” Failure is an aspect of life that is inevitable. I will fail, you all will fail, all successful people have failed–often. So, if it’s to happen, why not have it happen in the place where you want to overcome it? Take chances, don’t fear the break down that comes from unsuccessful ventures, and keep pushing towards your dreams. Success means nothing without the lessons that were learned in the process of achieving it. Day then goes on to talk about his experience with It’s Always Sunny. After a few years taking sub-par acting positions, Charlie explains how he was to be offered a role on a network television program. However, while awaiting confirmation, he took life into his own hands and started producing a make-shift program with his friends (Glenn Howerton and Rob McElhenney) in his apartment. Using friends as camera & sound men, they began developing the show that would become It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia.  He then had another choice: accept the network job, or try and run with his own show. He took a risk, and declined the job. The three then went on to continue with It’s Always Sunny, making more episodes and trying to sell to executives. The program he turned down lasted for one season; It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia has run nine seasons and will soon become one of the longest running sitcoms in history. He explains this story’s lesson by saying, “You have to trust your own voice, your own ideas, your honesty, your vulnerability, and through this you will find your way.” You must create your own opportunities; don’t sit around and wait for the world to hand you the things you want. If there is something you crave, that you’re passionate about–do all that you can to ensure you get it. Trust your own abilities to succeed. If you want something, take it. Charlie’s final point touches upon criticism from others. He discusses how scared he was to come make this very speech, fearing he wasn’t a strong enough intellectual or public speaker. He looked at hateful comments on videos of speeches made by fellow celebrities and saw how critical the people on the internet were. Charlie then relays the realization he had about himself in relation to his critics, with arguably the most well received line of the speech: “I don’t give a shit.” He goes on to say, “you cannot let a fear of failure, or a fear of comparison, or a fear of judgement stop you from doing what’s going to make you great.” No matter what you do in life there are going to be those who have something negative to say. This is especially prominent today, with the age of technology and social media providing aggressors with an easy outlet to attack. It is incredibly important to always remember that the negative words of other people mean nothing. They don’t affect your talents, your spirit, and they shoudn’t affect your self-esteem. Do what makes you happy. Fail, succeed, be passionate, know who you are, and don’t give a rat’s ass about those who criticize. My final point: Regardless of the speech’s content I find the act in itself to be commendable. Much of Hollywood portrays to the public ideas of materialism, individualism, and artificiality. I can confidently say that there are many people in the television and film industries who probably would have declined an opportunity to speak to a similar audience. They may be “too busy” or “don’t like public speaking.” Both are crocks of shit, if I’m being frank. Whether you have the integrity and success of Oprah Winfrey, or the outlandish behavior of Miley Cyrus, I believe that being a celebrity comes with responsibilities. People need to start using their fame more frequently to reach out to the public, specifically those of younger generations, and teach them lessons about life. You don’t need to be a renowned philanthropist to do this; some of the best lessons come from the failure and ridicule of life itself. As a result of this self-centered aura surrounding many of Hollywood’s elite, I find it comforting and inspiring when I see things like Charlie Day’s speech. He’s probably not the first person who comes to mind when one thinks of eloquence or poise, but he has something to say. And due to the fact the he took the time to say it, and attempts to inspire his Merrimack descendants–I applaud him, and I hope you all do as well.

The Gang is Back

Having just finished binge watching season nine of It’s Always Sunny on Netflix, I’ve once again had to start double, triple, even quadruple watching episodes from past seasons in order to fill my withdrawal.

But, the end is near!

In January of 2015, season ten of It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia is set to premier on the FXX network. A definitive date has not yet been determined, but you know I’ll be sure to keep you updated.The network did however release a teaser video for the new season, which can be viewed below.

The clip shows the gang suited up, NASA style, for what seems to be a rocket launch–but knowing their history, it can be expected that things aren’t what they seem. They walk triumphantly down a pathway, passing by some of the series’ best recurring characters like Rickety Cricket and Mac’s mom (cigarette in hand, of course). At the clip’s end, the gang is set for lift off only to find out the vessel they’re in is actually a cannon…typical.

They’re shot out into the atmosphere as the clip comes to an end.The gang blasts off into season ten and I cannot wait to see what’s to come.

Plus, there’s even MORE to look forward to. Some exciting news revealed by Entertainment Weekly tells us that our favorite band of buddies will be sticking around: “FX Productions just reached a three-year deal with Sunny creators Charlie Day, Glenn Howerton, and Rob McElhenney…that includes orders for seasons 11 and 12 of the show.” I couldn’t be happier to see what’s in store for the gang at Paddy’s Pub in the years to come!

Cited: Bacle, Ariana. “FXX Renews ‘It’s Always Sunny’ for Two More Seasons, Orders Tracy Morgan Comedy Series.” Entertainment Weekly. Entertainment Weekly & Time Inc., April 4, 2014. http://insidetv.ew.com/2014/04/04/fx-always-sunny/. November 12, 2014.