Four Times Mike "The Situation" Made Me Piss My Pants
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Four Times Mike "The Situation" Made Me Piss My Pants

Picking only four was hard.

Rumors have been swirling that The Jersey Shore cast is looking to get together and do some sort of a reunion season. The cast has been hinting that something is coming up on social media for a couple of weeks now. With that being said, I am going to tell you my favorite quotes from "The Situation."

1. "Please hit the fuckin' treadmill! You know what, don't even hit the treadmill. Hit the elliptical, it's better for you."
It was made clear in the show that Mike and Angelina did not respect each other at all. This made for some great interactions between two people with enormous egos.

In Miami, Mike quickly becomes fed up with Angelina's antics after he confronts her about cleaning the house. She responds with a quick "say please!" Bad move by the "Staten Island Dump", because "The Situation" fires back with this quote that sends Angelina into an enraged state.

2. "I felt bad about Snickers getting hit by a couple linebackers. I necessarily didn't want to bring home any sort of zoo creatures whatsoever. I mean, these broads just probably smelled the food at the house"
I think the events leading up to this are what make season one the big hit that it was. Mike invites two group of girls to the house because he always likes to have a backup plan. When he finds the girl he wants to hook up with, he asks Snooki to ask the other group to leave.

This is when shit gets heated. A fight breaks out, and poor Snickers gets punched in the face only a week after we saw her get punched in the face by some dick.

3. "JWOWW, I've seen her in the gym and she's throwing out combos. I've also got a little taste of a smack myself."
JWOWW was a badass chick. That girl would knock me the fuck out. Late in season one, when the cast goes to Atlantic City, Mike gets a little taste of a JWOWW hook after he refuses to walk her up to the room from the club.

A couple of seasons pass and Mike hits us with this all-time quote.

4. "When Ron is crying on my shoulder, good old Sammi, the sweetest bitch you'll ever meet, is calling another dude. Sammi, you got caught, you sneaky bitch!"
I can't emphasize enough how much I love this quote. The whole Ronnie and Sammi debacle made the entire show jaw-dropping. The constant fighting between the two led to probably the worst relationship on TV that I have ever seen, and some couples on TV are fucked up.

The fact that the two stuck with each other that long is a joke in itself, but Mike had some lines during the relationship that were amazing. It was a win-win for everyone at home. This quote comes after Sammi gets caught texting Arvin, who is her friend from home, to come to Karma to meet her.

Mike takes full advantage and does what he does best, which is stirring the pot.

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Time To "Pick" A Show To Let Go Summer Boredom

One man's trash is another's treasure.

I recently held a yard sale at my house. We had big items that we expected to sell easily and quickly.

However, that wasn't the case.

Smaller items that my mom and I never thought would sell came to fruition. Which included a highly used Louisville Slugger plastic bat my mom wanted me to throw away in the trash.

That's what I like about American Pickers, a show on the History Channel where two guys, Mike and Frank travel across the country to salvage antiques and items that most people would throw away.

Then, they travel back to their native state Iowa and resell all items they picked at their antique shop, Antique Archaeology. The items will either be sold at their shops in LeClaire, Iowa or Nashville. Sometimes, they'll donate the items picked to a museum or keep an item for their personal collections.

Most of the items they pick are items that most people would throw away or didn't find any value in. Mike and Frank will pay whatever price necessary to own the item they find value in. Their quest to turn trash into treasure shows their dedication to preserve the past.

Like me, Mike and Frank have their collection niches. Mike is into motorcycles while Frank collects lamps and cast-iron toys. Despite their personal niches, they manage to portray knowledge and interest in all items they pick.

Therefore, American Pickers is a show for everyone. Yes, some episodes do cater towards people who are motor heads and to those who collect porcelain signs. However, their picks have included items from Americana, western, music and taxidermy.

I find it amusing to see two grown men in their late 40's or early 50's crawling through piles of debris. The show makes people relive their youth through the vintage items they find.

American Pickers also taught me how a rusted sign with chipped, faded paint can be worth over $300.

To me, Mike and Frank dumpster dive into junk like its an Olympic sport. The people they pick from would easily win gold medals in hoarding.

As a yard sale enthusiast and bargain hunter, American Pickers is a show that entertains the dollar sense inside. It is truly a show that can lead to cleaning out your closet and selling items this summer.

Maybe something you see in your closet as trash, someone else might see it as treasure.

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Please Pitch To Bryce Harper

Let's make baseball fun again please.

On Sunday afternoon, the Cubs game was trending on Twitter. This time, however, it wasn't because Jake Arrieta was throwing another no-hitter.

It was because Joe Maddon decided to allow Washington Nationals outfielder Bryce Harper reach base seven times without ever swinging his bat. SIx of the seven plate appearances were intentional walks, the seventh was a hit by pitch.

Maddon's decision to intentionally walk Harper six times was a strategy that the Nationals could have won the 13-inning game on. In the final innings, Harper's walk loaded the bases two times with two outs and driving in a run was left up to Ryan Zimmerman. Zimmerman failed to drive in a run either time.

Mike Greenberg of ESPN's Mike and Mike summed up Ryan Zimmerman's day on Monday morning:

Zimmerman left 14 men on base, including Harper seven times.

Harper is arguably the best baseball player in the world right now. He is known for his moon-shot homers and lazer arm from the outfield.

Harper is also known for walking into his opening day post-game press conference with a hat that said "Make Baseball Fun Again". At 23 years old, he's just in his fourth year of professional baseball and if his stats so far are any indication of where his career could go, he will be playing professional baseball for a long time. He wants to make baseball fun, but when one of America's best hitters doesn't get the chance to let a baseball touch his bat, how is that making baseball fun?

Teams not pitching to Harper is like buying a Lambo and leaving it in the garage for the rest of your life. There's no fun in that. Let the horses run.

Let Bryce Harper take a swing at a baseball. America, let's make baseball fun again.

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How Stranger Things Made Science Cool Again

Science is making a comeback.

Growing up in the 90s we had things like The Magic School Bus, and Bill Nye the Science Guy. Television programs that were so entertaining and educational that they were a common addition to our classroom experience.

Then it was suddenly sucked away by boring AP classes and science suddenly started having too many numbers and letters mixed together. And just like that, science seemed to have lost its reserved seating at the popular kids table.

Science, it seemed, had died off in terms of educational entertainment.

It looked like a whole generation would grow up with affection for Harry Potter, Pokemon Go, and varying bastardizations of the Nae Nae. But this same generation would like the wonder and curiosity that science provides.

Enter the new Netflix Original hit series, Stranger Things.

The show has incredible qualities: countless 70's and 80's pop culture references, pacing that's nearly perfect, and a memorable score accompanied by an outstanding cast.

But the thing that truly makes this series stand out is the fact that it has made science cool again.

Mike, Dustin, and Lucas are the nerds of the small town. The young preteens aren't good at sports, but are masters at Dungeons and Dragons, as well as the sole members of the school's audio visual club. Throughout the series they use their application of scientific knowledge to get themselves out of the serious, and not so serious circumstances that they find themselves in.

With each problem they are confronted with, they use their skepticism and innovation to solve it -- two major components of the scientific method.

Whether it's their seemingly innocent curiosity in finding out how to discover a gateway into another dimension, the ability to find said "hole" by Dustin's knowledge of compasses and magnetism, or Mike's willingness to learn how to build a makeshift sensory deprivation tank.

The children use science to find their best friend and to fight the monster that has kept him prisoner.

Now, I'm not saying that the science behind Stranger Thing isn't perfectly sound or as educational as the programs I mentioned above. But my hope is that Stranger Things will inspire studios to invest in new programs for youngsters that encourages them to engage in science and technology, especially in this ever changing world.

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George Washington Stood Up For Its Athletes

Abuse is not to be tolerated.

Mike Lonergen.

I'm sure that's a name that probably doesn't ring a bell to any of you. It definitely didn't for me. As a student athlete that competes in the Atlantic 10 Conference I am pretty familiar with George Washington University, as I'm sure most of you are.

On Saturday, Mike Lonergen, the head men's basketball coach was relieved of his coaching duties. You might ask, so what? Coaches are fired all the time.

Not like this though. This case has a similar feel the Mike Rice situation at Rutgers a couple years back. (Not quite Mike Rice, but a familiar abuse story).

In July, Lonergen was accused of emotional abuse by multiple players and a independent investigation by the Washington Post was conducted. (Here's the full article if you have some time).

The GW Men's team has experienced some success the past couple of seasons, shown by a NIT Championship this past season, which resulted in Coach Lonergen receiving an extension through 2021 (that clearly worked out well). It took guts for the administration to do the right thing.

Lonergan was accused of making comments ranging from telling a player he should transfer to a transgender league and also that one player's son would always be on food stamps. Ouch.

In Lonergen's five year tenure, 13 players have transferred to other schools, which raises some red flags. On the surface this was meaningless, supported by an ESPN report that the transfer rate in college basketball has more than doubled in the past five years to more than 700 players. One player refuted this by saying, "A lot of kids transfer because they have delusions of grandeur. Nobody transferred from GW with delusions of grandeur. They just transferred because they hated (Lonergan). They couldn't stand another second of him."

It seems like there was some real deep hated for the former head coach, and just like most accusation cases, he believes he was wrongfully terminated. This has all the ingredients to make up a messy situation (as if it isn't already), and this could be something to keep an eye on, especially with the season just a couple of weeks away.

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Brangelina: The End of Love in Hollywood

And the end of an era.

It's the split heard round the world. Somewhere, Jennifer Aniston is squealing with delight, while the rest of Hollywood looks on with horror at the breakup of the century -- the one we never saw coming.

Today, new broke that after almost 11 years of being together and two years of marriage, Angelina Jolie has filed for divorce from Brad Pitt, citing irreconcilable differences as the cause. As far as the six kids go, Jolie is reportedly fighting for physical custody of the them, leaving Pitt only with visitation rights.

The pair's romance allegedly started up in 2004 while filming the 2005 thriller Mr. and Mrs. Smith, which I should probably mention overlaps with Pitt and Jennifer Aniston's iconic relationship.

A year later, Pitt and Aniston were split up and he and Jolie had gone public. It's safe to assume there was probably a little bit of hostility towards the couple on Aniston's front, which should explain the plethora of memes flooding the internet after the news of the divorce was released today.

Jen you savage (@claudwithnojob @tom_harlock)

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Now that I've given you the lowdown on the situation, it's time to ask ourselves: is Hollywood romance dead? If Brangelina can't make it, is there any hope for the rest of our favorite couples?

We already know that Taylor Swift ever holding onto a man is pretty much out of the question, but what about the others? Kim and Kanye, Beyonce and Jay-Z, Chrissy and John, do they even have a fighting chance?

I'm sure having a relationship that is so publicized and so based on fame can really put a strain on a couple, but you never expect them to break it completely.

RIP to the relationship of the century. Let's hope this all goes as smoothly as possible.