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Wait... Kanye Smiles?
Kanye West popped in unexpectedly as a contestant in front of the American Idol judges in San Francisco. It was a total punk move, and Harry Connick Jr and Keith Urban were amused. Jennifer Lopez was super-excited - she even danced in her seat a little bit, or so it was reported. And Kanye got a golden ticket to Hollywood, and even managed to smile. Who knew he could do that?     "Now we all ain't gonna be American Idols" 🏆 A photo posted by TeamKanyeDaily (@teamkanyedaily) on Oct 11, 2015 at 2:19pm PDT
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Smoking Weed with The Jebster
Presidential candidate Jeb Bush made a guest appearance on Fox Sports' Countdown to Kickoff show this past weekend. Why? I don't really know. But during it, the subject of his pot-smoking came up. Which was coupled with his prep school days, which he shared with New England Patriots' head coach Bill Belichick. So naturally, the question: did you smoke pot with Bill? Okay, nothing natural about the question at all. Except that the sports host has no idea what to discus with a presidential candidate, I guess, so what else is he going to do? How long will it be before the NFL accuses Tom Brady of selling Jeb his weed?  
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Really Inappropriate Musicals
Comic performers Nathan Lane and Rachel Bloom visited James Corden and The Late, Late Show last week. Together, they presented "Inappropriate Musicals," and boy, would they be inappropriate. Screen-to-stage adaptations of Terminator, The Exorcist and Se7en. Pretty funny late-night stuff happening here...  
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"The Worst FBI Agent in History"
David Duchovny and a few others connected with the resurrection of The X-Files appeared at ComicCon in New York over the weekend. The interview below is sort of a lovefest, but at about the 2:30 mark, David talks a bit about why Mulder is so popular. He can't really say, but his answer is pretty funny. Check it out.  
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What the Devil?
There's a legend about an elusive creature in New Jersey called the Jersey Devil. Nothing to do with the hockey team - this one's more like the Loch Ness monster or Bigfoot. A winged creature with horns. It's been spotted by many, but captured photographically by none. Until this weekend, when a photo and a video both found their ways to the internet. And the video is sooooo convincing. Check it out. Couldn't possibly be a hoax. I mean, just read what the videographer had to say, as reported by WeirdNJ.com: “I realize this sounds crazy but I saw a red animal with a long neck and horns. I swear on my mother’s grave, this is not a joke. I pulled over to take a video and as I started filming it got on its hind legs and flew away. I am an middle school teacher but moonlight tutoring algebra for high school students. Was driving home from an appointment,,, when I took this video. So excited, had to share with someone. I searched online and a few others have similar stories. Channel 12 posted a photo online of it.”  Yup. I'm completely buying it. How about you?
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"No Tricks, All Treats"
So, Monday was a fun day in Milford, Connecticut. Early in the day, an announcement hit that the school department in Milford was cancelling Halloween parades and the celebration of Halloween in the schools and classrooms. Why? Because Halloween isn't inclusive enough, as some folks' beliefs run counter to those that allow kids to dress up as ghouls and goblins and superheroes and more. But then, late in the day, they reversed that stand. At least, according to a fairly pompous Fox News host who believes the stand was reversed because word leaked that he'd be talking about it on his show. Yes, I'm sure that's exactly what happened...  
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This Is Not What They Mean By a Little Shut-Eye
A woman in Lantana, Florida was the victim of a horrible mix-up. First, the good news. This can be fixed. At least according to the news stories. Now, the story. She was near a guy with a leafblower, and the leafblower blew some debris into her eyes. She asked the guy to grab some eye drops from her purse. Instead, he grabbed the glue for her fake fingernails. As soon as he put it into her eye, her eye was sealed shut. The TV news story tells a different picture than the printed ones, but most reports say she'll be fine.  
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Prepping for Goldilocks
Darren Bates, a linebacker for the Saint Louis Rams, had an unusual way of trying to get ready for his team's match-up with the Green Bay Packers yesterday. Last week, during practice, Darren decided to get ready for Green Bay's linebacker Clay Matthews by putting on a blonde wig to mimic Clay's long blonde locks. Check out the picture. Darren's kneeling, wearing red 52 - Clay's number. And it doesn't look like it worked that well. Green Bay won the game, 24 - 10.   Rams LB Daren Bates committed to playing the part of Clay Matthews in practice today with the wig and jersey. pic.twitter.com/OAOr7WDD0l — Nick Wagoner (@nwagoner) October 9, 2015
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Secretary of Explaining Things
Bill Clinton visited with Stephen Colbert last week, and Stephen asked him three pointed questions: (1) Why is Bernie Sanders doing so well? (2) Why is Donald Trump doing so well? (3) Did you call Donald Trump and ask him to run for President of the United States? The answers are pretty interesting. To number three, POTUS 42 says he gets credit for doing a lot of things he never did.  
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Just Call Him Octopus
This could be the most improbable impossible incredible reception ever in the history of football. Gary Barnidge, a tight end for the Cleveland Browns, leaped on the goal line to catch a pass from QB Josh McCown. Even in the slow-mo,it's tough to tell what happened, but as he fell to the ground, the ball bounced around. His hands, his torso, his abdomen, his thighs, his calves. He ended up catching the ball in those calves, and maneuvering the ball up into his hands. And the ball never touched the ground. The result? An amazing touchdown. Check out the video.   (function(d, s, id) { var js, fjs = d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0]; if (d.getElementById(id)) return; js = d.createElement(s); js.id = id; js.src = "//connect.facebook.net/en_US/sdk.js#xfbml=1&version=v2.3"; fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js, fjs);}(document, 'script', 'facebook-jssdk')); Gary Barnidge, how?!LIKE NFL Vines! Posted by NFL Vines on Sunday, October 11, 2015
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The Internet Gets All Gummed Up
For some reason, social media's going ga-ga over this long-form commercial for Extra gum. Guy meets girl, guy kisses girl, guy furthers releationship with guy, guy proposes to girl. All set to the tune of "Can't Help Falling in Love" sung veeeeery slowly. To sell a pack of gum. Sorry, I think I'm missing something. What do you think?  
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Suddenly, Your Commute Is Not That Bad
This traffic jam in Beijing is insane. They have a 50-lane highway. That's not a typo - 50 lanes. And last week, everyone one of them was jammed with people returning from a week-long national holiday. And for some, the jam lasted five full days. Next time you're stuck in traffic, trust me, it's not that bad.(function(d, s, id) { var js, fjs = d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0]; if (d.getElementById(id)) return; js = d.createElement(s); js.id = id; js.src = "//connect.facebook.net/en_US/sdk.js#xfbml=1&version=v2.3"; fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js, fjs);}(document, 'script', 'facebook-jssdk')); Think your commute is bad? An insane traffic jam in Beijing, China, turned this expressway into a 50-lane parking lot earlier this week, resulting in hours of gridlock for thousands of motorists. Posted by NBC Nightly News with Lester Holt on Thursday, October 8, 2015
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30 Years of "One Day More"
It's hard to believe that Les Miserables has been around for 30 years. The musical based on the life-and-death struggles of Jean Valjean with the French Revolution as a backdrop has been produced theatrically since 1985 all over the world. Not too long ago, Hugh Jackman played Valjean in the movie version of the musical. And to celebrate the show's 30th anniversary, the cast of the current Broadway production put together a montage video featuring performances of the song that ends the first act, "One Day More," from across the years. It's pretty moving, and very nicely put together.  
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I Guess We'd Call Them "Buseyisms"
Gary Busey was sent home this week from Dancing with the Stars. But he's the sort of guy who doesn't seem to mind much. And who knows? It's a reality TV show, and anything could happen. He could return as early as next week. Meanwhile, just before this week's show the folks at E! caught up with Gary and had him spout some wisdom about some random things. They really couldn't be more random. And they're actually pretty funny.   (function(d, s, id) { var js, fjs = d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0]; if (d.getElementById(id)) return; js = d.createElement(s); js.id = id; js.src = "//connect.facebook.net/en_US/sdk.js#xfbml=1&version=v2.3"; fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js, fjs);}(document, 'script', 'facebook-jssdk')); E! News Bonus Clip: Gary Busey Steals The Spotlight Gary Busey goes full "Gary Busey" in this E! News bonus clip.... Posted by Press Play on E! on Tuesday, October 6, 2015
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How Did He Manage to Call 911?
This is one of those stories you could make up, but no one would ever believe it. A22-year-old guy in Austintown, Ohio called 911 last Friday at about 5 o'clok in the afternoon. Why? Because he was "too high." Scroll down to listen to the 911 audio. When the cops arrived, they report they found him on the floor, curled up into a fetal position, and surrounded by Doritos, Chips Ahoy and Pepperidge Farm's Goldfish. When he's done serving his time, I fully expect this guy to hit the road with Snoop Dogg.  
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The Biebs Unveiled
Justin Bieber was caught with his pants not only down but off, and the pictures are sort of blowing up the Internet. Some paparazzi on a mission snapped the shots while Justin and The Biebs were on vakay in Bora Bora. And now, they've taken over just about every social media outlet. I can't share a lot of them here, but some are very very very funny.   (Opens Twitter after a few hours away) Why is everyone saying "what do you peen?" (Searches) pic.twitter.com/u3qZJTh25S — Charlie Kelly (@ckpaddys) October 7, 2015 There's also a hardcore group of Biebs Fans who demand that we not share the pics, and instead respect Justin's privacy. These folks clearly don't understand today's world...
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Goes In Black, Comes Out Green, Spawns a Hashtag
We've already written about Burger King's new Black Bun Halloween Whopper. It's already a popular item in Japan, where they say that squid ink makes the bun black. Yummy, huh? Here in The States, the word was that A-1 Steak Sauce is responsible for the bun's color. So what happens inside the human body stateside that makes a consumer's solid waste turn green? According to the folks at Gizmodo.com, “the green product of the black burger is probably the result of blue food coloring.” Isn't that cute? The "green product." What a euphemism. Meanwhile, folks are having a blast with this on social media. Go to Twitter and follow the hashtag #greenpoo to join in the fun.   Just had the weirdest Poo after a Halloween Whopper!? #GreenPoop @BurgerKing pic.twitter.com/8BPN5I3DpN — Mz Muddlepants (@Dadooronron1971) October 7, 2015
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American Ninja Warrior Meets Jurassic World
File this one under Things You Never Thought About But Now You Can't Get Enough of It. A guy named Reko Rivera put on a Tyrannosaurus Rex costume and ran an indoor obstacle course - American Ninja Warrior style. Up ramps, climbing ropes, scaling walls, you name it. The results were hilarious. And if the folks at ANW don't see this as a perfect way to boost their ratings - well, they're simply not paying attention. Check it out.  
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The End is Near
The official trailer for Mockingjay 2, the final episode in the Hunger Games saga, has been released. The movie comes out just before Thanksgiving. If you saw Mockingjay 1, maybe you were as disappointed as me. Just when it got to the part where it was getting really interesting, it stopped. The only thing missing was the "... to be continued" graphic over the final scene. Which may have been there, I don't really remember any more.     (function(d, s, id) { var js, fjs = d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0]; if (d.getElementById(id)) return; js = d.createElement(s); js.id = id; js.src = "//connect.facebook.net/en_US/sdk.js#xfbml=1&version=v2.3"; fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js, fjs);}(document, 'script', 'facebook-jssdk')); Mockingjay Part 2 Official Trailer – “Welcome To The 76th Hunger Games” Nothing can prepare you for the end. Watch the NEW FINAL trailer for The Hunger Games: #MockingjayPart2, in theaters November 20. Get your #MockingjayTickets now at http://hungrgam.es/mockingjaytix Posted by The Hunger Games on Tuesday, October 6, 2015
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Leno Moves in on The Tonight Show Again!
The other night on The Tonight Show, Jimmy Fallon pulled a hamstring during the opening monologue. It was so bad, he couldn't continue. Luckily, former Tonight Show host Jay Leno was waiting in the wings, and stepped in to take over. He looked right at home, and his jokes were pretty darn good.  
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"No Matter Where I Go, Dad Will Always Be With Me"
Bindi Irwin is really lighting things up on Dancing with the Stars. This week, she dedicated her routine to her late dad, Steve Irwin, the Crocodile Hunter. And it's an amazing dance. Very touching, very moving.  And right now, she's the odds-on favorite to win the entire season...  
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If You're Reading This, He Was Wrong... Again
A preacher in Pennsylvania predicted in July that yesterday, October 7, 2015, would be the end of the world. Pretty definitive and bold statement. Especially when you consider he used the world "annihilate." If you're just reading about this for the first time, oops. Looks like the preacher had it wrong. Again. A few years ago, he predicted the end of the Earth on May 21, 2011. That didn't happen either. Ask anyone. Even the video he posted back in July doesn't believe what he believes. At the end, it's telling people to like his Facebook page - and nowhere does it say "temporarily."  
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Glass Walkway 3500 Feet Up Shatters - But It's Okay!
Not even a month ago, a glass-bottomed walkway opened to the public at Yuntai Mountain Geological Park in Henan Province, China. It's 3540 feet up, and wraps around an outcropping of rock in a U shape. On Monday, a tourist dropped a stainless-steel coffee mug on the walkway, and the glass shattered, "causing the tourists on it to understandably freak out," according to one source. You think? There are three panels of glass, and only one cracked, so the engineers claim no one was in danger. Uh huh. Know what? Just watching the video makes me squeamish. Being on it and hearing it crack - safe or not - I'm getting off and never getting back on...  
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Keep Your Eye on the... Wait... What?
This video is going viral. The Milford Mighty Mites (that's Milford, Masachusetts) are a Pee Wee Football team. Over the weekend, they took the field at halftime during a varsity football game for a scrimmage. Good chance for the little guys to be seen on a bigger stage, right? But the field's PA system kept playing music while the kids played, and some of there were overtaken by it when "Whip Nae Nae" started playing. It's hilarious. Half of the kids look like they're in a dance-off, while the other half are there for some football. I think dance football has some potential...  
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"This Time, It's Really, Really Personal"
In Back to the Future II, Marty McFly traveled to the future. And while he was there, he passed a cinema that was advertising Jaws 19. Funny idea, and an homage to Steven Spielberg, I guess. Now that Back to the Future II is marking its 30th anniversary - which hardly seems possible - someone put together a promo for Jaws 19. And it's hilarious. Check it out... (function(d, s, id) { var js, fjs = d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0]; if (d.getElementById(id)) return; js = d.createElement(s); js.id = id; js.src = "//connect.facebook.net/en_US/sdk.js#xfbml=1&version=v2.3"; fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js, fjs);}(document, 'script', 'facebook-jssdk')); JAWS 19 Trailer JAWS 19 TRAILER"This time, it's really REALLY personal." Check out this HILARIOUS trailer for JAWS 19 -- a tip of the hat to the 30th anniversary of BACK TO THE FUTURE II. Posted by Jake Hamilton Fox 32 Chicago on Tuesday, October 6, 2015
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