Kluckr Kompetitions wraps up Spring 2010 tour

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Kluckr.com has quickly become the go-to spot for local wing info and national wing enthusiasm. Kluckr’s latest event was a national tour of wing-eating Kompetitions, co-hosted by local fraternity chapters to benefit local charities. The tour was a huge success, culminating with an epic wing-eating showdown at Texas Tech.

The first event was held at Vanderbilt in Nashville, Tennessee back in April. The competition pit Vanderbilt’s Lambda Chi Alpha Gama – Delta Zeta chapter and the Pi Kappa Alpha Sigma Chapter against one another at the Sportsman’s Grille for some good old-fashioned wing smashin’. Lambda Chi Alpha raised money for the Muscular Dystrophy Association and Pi Kappa Alpha for Dismas House in Nashville. Lambda Chi’s Michael Gadebusch led the field with an impressive 15 wings in 5 minutes.

A week and a half later Kluckr was at UNC-Charlotte for another Kompetition, this time hosted by Sigma Alpha Epsilon for the entire campus. Competitors made it out to Wild Wing Café to witness Teddy Holthee throw down 13 wings in just five minutes. Only 13, you say? I guess we didn’t mention they were soaked in enough hot sauce to make even the most resilient wing-lover cry.

In early May, Kluckr paired up with the Theta Delta Chi’s from Schenectady and raised more than $300 for the Bethesda House. They also paid homage to Murphy Potter, who ate 10 of Gepetto’s Mad Dog 357 wings in just five minutes.

From there it was on to the final stop on the tour, Texas Tech. If anyone knew how to eat, it would be these guys. The local Alpha Kappa Psi chapter searched far and wide for the ten hungriest competitors and set them head-to-head at one of Lubbock’s famous Buffalo Wild Wings. The undisputed champion of both the event and the national tour was Preston “The Wild Thing” Whaley, who wolfed down a monstrous 29 wings in just 5 minutes. Second, Third, and Fourth place all put up impressive numbers, at 24, 22, and 21 wings respectively.

If you think you have what it takes to upset Preston, keep an eye on Kluckr.com for Kompetitions this fall. Kluckr will be kicking off the 2010-2011 school year with a tour of the SEC. Get your fraternity organized and you could be chosen to host your own Kluckr Kompetition.

  

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The Great Taddy Porter Grill-Off

With the 4th of July – and therefore the peak of the grilling season – just around the corner, we asked the members of Taddy Porter, whose eponymous debut conveniently drops today, if they would be so kind as to share some grilling tips with us. The boys were happy to oblige, picking up one of the largest pieces of steak we’ve ever seen (we couldn’t help but laugh, though, that the background music during that bit happened to be the most un-Taddy Porter-esque Little Boots) and roasting that puppy over coals like real men, with a “MacGruber” reference thrown in for good measure. Even better is the vegetable side dish they chose to serve with it: bacon-wrapped jalapeno peppers, stuffed with cream cheese. Yum.

It’s true: Taddy Porter are from Stillwater, Oklahoma. We’re afraid to ask them how many “Almost Famous” jokes they’ve had to suffer during their recent press blitz.


  

“Entourage” returns to HBO this Sunday

It may no longer be HBO’s flagship series, but “Entourage” remains one of the network’s most consistent performers. And after last year’s excellent sixth season helped to pull the series out of its creative lull, “Entourage” is gearing up for the return of Vincent Chase and Co. with ten new episodes starting June 27th following an all-new “True Blood” and the second season premiere of the criminally underrated “Hung.”

As rumors of a possible “Entourage” movie continue to make their way around Hollywood, both executive producer Mark Wahlberg and star Jeremy Piven have confirmed that there will probably only be one more season of the show after this year. That means that Season Seven is even more important than ever, as it’s guaranteed to play a major role in setting up whatever series finale the writers have in mind. For more on the upcoming season, read our preview over on Premium Hollywood, and then follow along on our Entourage Blog throughout the course of the season. And if that’s still not enough for you, be sure to visit our Entourage Fan Hub for more related content.

Sunday, June 27th at 10:30. Be there or Ari Gold will come looking for you.

  

Friday Video – The Like, “He’s Not a Boy”

My, how these girls have grown.

They may have had a leg up on getting a record deal thanks to their parents – they’re the daughters of producer Tony Berg and Elvis Costello drummer Pete Thomas, and their original bassist calls producer Mitchell Froom daddy – but there will be no cries of nepotism when people hear their new single “He’s Not a Boy.” Hooking up with white-hot ’60s revivalist Mark Ronson, the Like have turned in one killer slice of ’60s pop, and shot a gorgeous black-and-white video to go with it.

The guys in the crowd look like the Strokes doing their best Beatles impression (for all I know, those are the Strokes), and the girls, well, that ’60s mod look is catnip for me. Lead singer Elizabeth “Z” Berg and keyboardist Annie Monroe in particular make me gooey. Isn’t it funny how girls are actually sexier when they show less skin? I’m personally burned out on the whole ‘stripper teen’ thing. This clip is a sight for sore eyes, on a number of levels.

Like the song? You can download it for free at ESDMusic.

  

Facial Hair—As Seen on TV

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As someone who was facial-hair free for the first two decades of his life and has occasionally re-embraced that appearance (often without intending to do so, but that’s a story for another time), I certainly wouldn’t dismiss anyone from going after a nice, clean-shaven look. All it takes is the press of a button on your remote control, however, to see that many of today’s TV stars are quite happy to sport a ‘stache, grow a goatee, or cultivate a beard.

Given that my livelihood involves praising and, as often as not, criticizing small-screen programming, this can sometimes prove to be a problem for me, and depending on your viewing habits, it’s possible you’ve experienced this same situation: you watch a show, you see an actor who’s carefully farming his facial hair, and you find yourself thinking, “Say I wonder if *I* could pull that off…”

Unless you’ve got a professional stylist in your corner, the probable answer is, “No, you can’t,” but there are certain styles that still continue to breed amongst the general public as a result of having gotten significant television exposure.

Here are just a few:

· The Obsequious Interviewer’s Beard. It’s a given that you should be well-versed in movie trivia if you decide to adopt this look, but the most important procedure surrounding this beard is regular conditioning, as you will find yourself stroking it in a contemplative manner whenever anyone is speaking to you. Nobody likes beardruff. (You know, dandruff of the beard…?)

· The Reality-Show Beard. Yes, it’s scraggly. If you’re trying to survive for some reason or find yourself in a race that one might choose to describe as amazing, then you’re not going to have time to keep it neat and trim. Still, it has a certain rugged charm to it. NOTE: This beard is only included under the presumption that, at some point, you’ll want to tighten it up a bit…and when you do, might I suggest – particularly as a result of contractual obligation – that you might consider using Gillette products? I hear good things about the Gillette Fusion ProGlide…

Gillette TV· The Alternate-Universe Goatee. It’s a longstanding staple of science fiction television that, should a show’s characters ever find themselves in an alternate universe where everyone has a counterpart; the counterpart of one of the clean-shaven male characters will sport a goatee. Growing one of these is an instant opportunity to do things different from the way you ordinarily would, and it also provides you with an instant out: just shave and say, “That wasn’t me! It must have been my counterpart from that other universe!” Works every time.

· The Bad-Ass Cop Scruff. You have to walk a very fine line to be able to get this just right, because if you’re not careful, you might find yourself with the better part of a beard before you know it. In addition, a nice-looking wardrobe goes a long way, as raggedy clothes will transform a bad-ass into a bum in most people’s eyes. Lastly, those who aren’t fond of sunglasses will need to practice their steely stare to accomplish maximum bad-assery.

· The Hawaiian Private Investigator ‘Stache. When it comes to TV-inspired facial hair, this is the trickiest of all looks, not to mention the most expensive, as you not only have to be able to look good wearing Hawaiian shirts, but you also have to be able to afford to drive a Ferrari 308 GTS. To date, only one man has ever successfully pulled this off. I can’t quite recall his name, though. I want to say it might be Thomas something…

As noted, these are just a few of the facial-hair looks that you can find up and down your TV dial…if, y’know, your TV happens to be thirty years old and still has a dial…but whether you choose one of these looks or go for something from a different realm altogether, be aware that your results will vary wildly. Just because you can reproduce the beard, goatee, or ‘stache down to the last whisker doesn’t mean that it’s going to look the same on you as it does on them, so once you’ve shaved it into what you perceive to be perfection, examine your new look and treat it like a network executive looking at a TV pilot. Ask yourself, “Do I deserve to be picked up or passed over?” If it’s the latter, then you know what you need to do: wipe the slate clean and start again from scratch.

Hey, that’s show biz!

  

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