The World’s Most Famous Scotsman Gives His Views on Independence

No, not Euan, it would be a sad state of affairs if he were the world’s most famous Scotsman.

Of course I mean Groundskeeper Willie from ‘The Simpsons’. Here’s Willie to lay it all out for you prior to the big day on Sept. 18.

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09/11/2001, Never Forget

Yes, I remember where I was on September 11, 2001. It was early in the first semester of my third year of college.

I had two history classes on Tuesday and Thursday mornings, one of them was with Dr. Ric Dias and I want to say it was on the cold war. I took so many classes from Dr. Dias over the year that it is hard to recall for sure. The second class was Russian history. Oh, how I did not enjoy Russian history. It had everything to do with the subject matter and nothing to do with the professor who was very good.

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Reminder: Join the Pro Football and Survival Pick’em Groups

If you want to get in on the combat hooligans NFL pick’em and survival pools before the season starts this week, you still have time but the clock is ticking. The first game is Thursday night when the Green Bay Packers take on the Seattle Seahawks.

So get those entries in. Sign up for free and see if you can be the person to stop me from winning this pool for the third straight year.

Here are the instructions.

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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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