Ranking Bill Burr’s Comedy Specials

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I’ve been a huge fan of Bill Burr since the mid-’90s.

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The 10 (More) Best Scenes from “The West Wing”

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This is a follow-up to The 10 Best Scenes from The West Wing

Taste is subjective. Rankings are subjective. And personal preferences are subjective. So, when you combine those three, people will appreciate the attempt and applaud the effort, but also wonder how you could forget that one thing that is clearly as good as – if not better than – everything else that was included.

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The 10 Best Scenes from “The West Wing”

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I know that it is a golden age for television, but at the moment I simply don’t have the time or inclination to dive into a new series. The TV in my living room is usually playing Disney Junior and I’d prefer to either read or write. If I am going to watch something new, it’s usually a movie – in and out in two hours.

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The Best Books I Read in 2015

The best books I read in 2015.

This list will be different than most because only a few of them actually came out this year — that’s just when I finally got to know them. There are plenty of celebrated works that were released this year — Between the World and Me, Dead Wake, A Spool of Blue Thread — that I simply haven’t gotten to yet.

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Christopher Pierznik is the author of eight books, none of them nearly as successful as any of these, but all of which can be purchased in paperback and Kindle. His work has appeared on XXL, Cuepoint, Business Insider, The Cauldron, and many more. He has been quoted on Buzzfeed and Deadspin. Subscribe to his monthly reading review newsletter or follow him on Facebook or Twitter.

The 5 Best Peyton Manning Commercials

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It appears that one of the greatest sports careers in history is finally over. After an atrocious day with four interceptions and a 0.0 passer rating (and a torn plantar fascia), Peyton Manning was benched yesterday. Whether he plays again this season or not, it’s clear that age, injuries, and the punishing nature of the sport he plays have finally caught up with him.

Aside from Terrell Owens for a season-and-a-half, Peyton Manning is the closest thing I’ve had to a favorite football player since I was about 10 years old (ironically, it was John Elway). Just like Michael Jordan and Tiger Woods, it was a pleasure to watch Manning ply his craft with virtual perfection. Talk about Tom Brady and playoff chokes and ringzzzz all you want, but we all know how great Peyton has been.

And he was almost as good off the field. One of the most prolific pitchmen of this era, he made a ton of commercials. Like his game, the best ones happened a few years ago. Here are his five best.

Bonus: United Way

The Saturday Night Live skit of Peyton supporting children in the community with my former employer

5. Gatorade

If Pey-Pey were Mr. Miyagi.

4. Nationwide

This has been diluted by its ubiquity and its much lesser sequel, but the first time you saw this it was catchy as hell.

3. SportsCenter

Peyton and Eli doing what brothers do.

2. Sprint

The wig is funny, but his deadpan delivery when speaking about himself is what sells it.

  1. MasterCard

One of the greatest commercials ever. Hilarious concept with perfect execution. “Cut that meat!” entered the lexicon.

Thank you for the memories and the laughs, Peyton.


Christopher Pierznik is the author of eight books, all of which can be purchased in paperback and Kindle. His work has appeared on XXL, Cuepoint, Business Insider, The Cauldron, and many more. He has been quoted on Buzzfeed and Deadspin. Subscribe to his monthly reading review newsletter or follow him on Facebook or Twitter.