Videos: Bryan Alvarez and Dave Meltzer take the Ice Bucket Challenge

Both Dave Meltzer of the Wrestling Observer Newsletter and Bryan Alvarez of Figure 4 weekly have taken the ALS Ice Bucket challenge.

Here are the videos of their challenge.

Dave Meltzer:

Bryan Alvarez:

Join the Combat Hooligans College Football Pick’em Challenge

This weekend is the first of the college football season.

So this is your reminder that there is still time to join the free college football challenge group we’ve got set up at Yahoo.

Simply click here to be taken to the sign-up page.

Click on “join group” and have this information handy. Enter the group ID 1887 and the case sensitive password BCSbaby when prompted.

Create your team and remember to make those picks every week.

Don’t worry about finishing last. As long as Euan is in the group, you’ve got nothing to fear.

Ratings for Every Simpsons Ever Break FXX Records

Granted, the FXX records in question aren’t exactly world beaters but the first day of the “Every Simpsons Ever” marathon trippled the station average in primetime.

The network out performed such bigtime networks as TNT and USA as well as sister channel FX last night.

The highest rated episode of the day was “Itchy and Scratchy and Marge” which aired at 8:30 PM ET. It did a 0.59 in the demo and 1.23 million viewers for the half hour.

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My top Ten Episodes of ‘The Simpsons’

The every Simpsons ever marathon is alive and kicking on FXX. It seems to be a popular thing for people to post their top 10 favorite episodes. Well, what you will find below is my list. I have excluded the Tree House of Horror episodes from this list because I’ll want to rank them at Halloween.

Let me say that this was a real challenge for me. Season 3 in particular had some great shows I had to leave off the list. “Bart the Murderer” and “Flaming Moe’s” and “Radio Bart” are all tremendous as is “Bart the Lover”. It is clear from my list that I am partial to the seasons 3-6 era as are most fans. The newest episode on my list is from season 12 and I will admit it is an episode that isn’t going to make a lot of people’s list.

Enough of my talking, here’s the list.

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Every Simpsons Ever Marathon Schedule

On Thursday, August 21, at 10:00 AM ET, FXX will begin its Simpsons marathon. They will show all 552 episodes of the animated series with the marathon ending right before the clock hits midnight on Sept. 2.

Well, if you’re waiting for a specific episode to appear, you can view the marathon schedule and find it for yourself.

I own up through season 16 on DVD and season 20. But will I be tuning in at 10:30 CT on August 22 to watch my favorite episode ‘Homer at the Bat’? You bet I will. If nobody hears from me from Aug. 21 to Sept. 2 this is why.

I can’t wait to see another stunt like this if the series ever comes to an end.

Oh and while I’m thinking about it, FXX had better do a Tree house of Horror marathon on Halloween or they fail.

Now if you’ll excuse me, I have to go figure out what channel FXX is on my cable system…

Video: Robin Williams Channels Euan Taylor

With the news of the apparent suicide of comedian Robin Williams at the age of 63, I wanted to post a couple of my favorite bits. I’m pretty much a sucker for Robin Williams doing a Scottish accent.

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Join our Football Pick’em Leagues for the 2014 NFL and College Football Seasons

We hear at Combat Hooligans are all big football fans. Every year, we do a pro pick’em league, a college pick’em league and a survival pick’em league on Yahoo.

We always throw it open to outside parties to sign up. If you are afraid of finishing last, don’t be afraid. Euan usually forgets to make picks more often than he remembers which almost always results in his last place finish.

Here are this year’s details…

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Video: Watch the First 7 Minutes of ‘Star Wars: Rebels’

October is fast approaching and will be here before you know it. This year, October will be bringing with it, the premier of the new animated TV series ‘Star Wars: Rebels’. The series will have a 1-hour premier on the Disney Channel before moving to Disney XD for regular airings.

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Remembering Pete Van Wieren: October 7, 1944 – August 2, 2014

Saturday morning, longtime Atlanta Braves announcer Pete Van Wieren passed away after a battle with cancer. Van Wieren was 69 at the time of his death. He is survived by his wife of 50 years, 2 sons, a daughter-in-law and 3 grandaughters.

Van Wieren was a Braves broadcaster on both radio and television for 33 years. Van Wieren joined the Braves in 1976 to pair up with Ernie Johnson Sr. and Skip Caray for Braves broadcasts.

Van Wieren’s death came almost 6-years to the day of Caray’s death on August 3, 2008.

Braves legend Chipper Jones tweeted this earlier today:

Before tonight’s game in San Diego, the Padres held a moment of silence in his honor.

Pete Van Wieren was known as the professor for the amount of research he put into broadcasts and for the statistics he could dig up and interject into games. While best remembered for his work with the Atlanta Braves, Van Wieren also called NBA basketball, NHL hockey and college football games while employed by Turner Sports.

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A not so Brief Update

Regular readers of Combat-Hooligans.net (Yeah, as if such a thing really existed) know that this is something that is meant for fun. There is no schedule of posts. The site has no particular theme, one post could be about Star Wars, the next Weird Al, then Wrestling and maybe a story about some idiot doing something idiotic or two people getting caught having dumpster sex. Anything goes around here for the most part.

This is just myself, Art and Euan…hey, remember Euan? writing when the mood strikes us about things we care about. Ric Gillespie even pops in every once in awhile. Sometimes, we get lucky and something we care about is also something that other people care about.

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Apple TV Adds CNBC and FOXNow to Lineup

Apple released an update today to its Apple TV set-top box which added 2 new channels to the growing amount of content it provides.

The first is CNBC, the business news cable network. This channel app allows for on demand viewing of episodes of the network’s programs as well as clips. It also provides access to a live stream of the network. Activation through a cable provider is required. You can view a list of available cable companies by clicking here.

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The Iron Sheik Tweet of the Day – 07/28/2014

I have not posted an Iron Sheik Tweet of the Day in many many many days. Not that anyone has noticed or complained or even cared.

Still, that was more out of my own general laziness than anything else. Besides, when was the last time you saw a post on this site written by Euan?

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Spike TV Elects not to Renew Television Contract with Impact Wrestling

TNA iMPACT debuted on Spike TV on October 1, 2005. After about a year on the air, the show was moved from Saturday night to a 2-hour block on Thursday. Then in 2010 there was an ill-fated move to Monday night to go head-to-head with Monday Night Raw and rekindle the Monday night war that did wonders for the industry in the late 1990s.

Now, the end would seem to have arrived. TMZ reported that Spike TV won’t be renewing the contract for iMPACT Wrestling.

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