Caesar the Ape Should Win Every Oscar

By Spencer Bowen   Do you like monkeys? Do you like war movies? Then do I have the film for you! While I definitely love chimps, “War for the Planet of the Apes” wasn’t made for people like me and my dad who agree that most everything would be improved with the addition of more…

And The Winner Is…

By: Tyler Chuck In large part thanks to MoviePass, I’ve seen more movies than ever this year.  And unlike in the music industry, this has been an excellent year for film.  Movies have expanded our imagination, taught us what it means to grow up, and taken us to places we only could have dreamed of….

Don’t Blame Taylor

By Spencer Bowen Taylor Swift turned 28 yesterday. In her 28 trips around the sun she’s become an omnipresent and polarizing cultural figure. You have an opinion about her and so does everyone you know. But at her core Taylor Swift is an overwhelming talent, a devastating cocktail of hard work and songwriting instinct that…

Rant Wheel #2

By Spencer Bowen Stanford in general Am I writing this because Cal lost to Stanford yet again in The Big Game? Yes. Am I bitter? Yes. Is this a casual sports blog named in a self-deprecating fashion so I can write about Cal’s mediocre-but-lovable football team whenever I please? Yes. Stanford is the worst. When…

Rant Wheel #1

By Spencer Bowen Inspired by the unstoppable Crooked Media conglomerate, I’ve decided that a few tasteful rage outbursts might help me get through these troubled times. Welcome to the first (and maybe last?) Antland Rant Wheel. Tom Brady Tom Brady is 40 freaking years old and remains the best NFL quarterback without a broken clavicle….

Taylor vs. Katy: The Diss Track Edition

By Caitlin Glassman For reasons no one really understands, Taylor Swift and Katy Perry have declared themselves enemies. I mean, there are reasons—ranging in severity from a love triangle involving John Mayer (really?) to allegations of KP “stealing” Taylor’s backup dancers to Katy filming herself dancing along to Kanye West’s lyrics about Taylor in his…

Boogie Knight

By Spencer Bowen Athlete activism is at the forefront of our discourse, the result of extraordinary political times and the concentration of black Americans in our most popular sports leagues. “Stick to sports,” the laziest and lamest of Twitter-era critiques, has never seemed more out of touch. And DeMarcus Cousins, woebegone Sacramento King and the…

The Three Musical Moments Better Than Kesha’s High Note on “Praying”

By Spencer Bowen Calvin Harris and crew probably peaked too early with “Slide.” “Despacito” was (is?) inescapable and sexy and suave, but Justin Bieber doesn’t know the words so it’s disqualified. “HUMBLE.” brought us to our knees, but it was somewhat routine from the best rapper of the last decade. Demi Lovato’s fourth quarter push…

There’s a Man Behind the Mask

By: Sarah Hoover Last week, the buzz amongst baseball fans was not a stunning defensive play or a record-setting long ball. Instead, everyone at the water cooler was asking, “Did you hear about Mr. Met?” On Wednesday night at Citi Field, The New York Mets’ mascot made a less-than-professional gesture while being heckled by fans….

Five Things Better than LaVar Ball

By Spencer Bowen Last week LaVar Ball transitioned from harmless hawker of ridiculously-priced shoes to distasteful villain. Ergo, the time has come for the journalistic juggernaut that is Antland Sports to destroy him. Because as Sean Connery knows, the pen is mightier. In an interview with Fox Sports radio personality Kristine Leahy, Papa Ball said…

Mark’s Marshawn Problem

By Spencer Bowen I’m ecstatic that East Bay native and former Cal Bear Marshawn Lynch pulled a Brett Favre and unretired to join his hometown Raiders. Community-wise, it’s great. Marshawn really, really loves his “town bidness” and constantly invests time and money and turkeys into Oakland. Football-wise, it’s great. Marshawn fills a power back hole…

It’s Not Okay

By: Tyler Chuck and Spencer Bowen Famous people live their lives in the public eye.  Their actions can be seen on television, are reported in the media, and discussed vigorously.  The spotlight is great when famous people are role models like Stephen Curry, Bono, or Emma Watson, yet not all public figures are outstanding citizens….