2 Newbs and a Burger: Episode 6 (Cars and Chases)

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This week, Chris joined Isaac and John to discuss the top five car chases in movie history. Of course, we were still talking about Mad Max: Fury Road after more than a month, so we also decided to do the top five cars in movie history as well.

Top Five Cars in Movies

  • Mad Max: Fury Road – Gigahorse
  • Mad Max: Fury Road – Cadillac Semi Truck
  • Mad Max: Fury Road – Nux-Wagon
  • Mad Max: Fury Road – Monster Truck
  • Mad Max: Fury Road – Bullet Farmer Tank Tread

 

Top Five Chase Sequences

  • Mad Max: Fury Road
  • Bullitt
  • Blues Brothers
  • The Dark Knight Chase Sequence
  • The Bourne Identity Mini Cooper Chase
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Predicting the 2015 Crossfit Games Winners

The Crossfit Games officially begin next week, and the excitement couldn’t be more palpable. Unlike the last four years, 2015 will feature a new champion in the Men’s division now that Rich Froning has moved on to team competition. Even better, the Women’s division will be even more stacked with talent now that Kara Webb is healthy and Sam Briggs and Lindsey Valenzuela have both returned to the Games. The Team division will be particularly entertaining now that many of the main teams have drastically changed since the 2014 Games.

Now that the Games are a week away—and because I am so excited—it is time to make some predictions about who will win the Men’s, Women’s, and Team divisions. Each category will include the top five competitors at each position.

Men’s Division

  1. Matthew Fraser
  2. Dan Bailey
  3. Noah Ohlsen
  4. Scott Panchik
  5. Chad Melton
Fraser is a top pick heading into the 2015 Games.

Fraser is a top pick heading into the 2015 Games.

Matthew Fraser barely lost to Froning during the 2014 Games, and he has been on a tear ever since. Fraser won the Northeast Open before taking over the East Regional. Fraser is a strong, well-balanced athlete, and his Olympic lifting background will be especially helpful during the recently announced Snatch Ladder event. Dan Bailey has never finished outside of the top 10 during his Crossfit career, but looks better than ever before heading into the 2015 Games. Bailey won the California Regional in decisive fashion, and he set an event record during Randy. Bailey looks like he is out for blood this season, and his competiveness will land him a spot in the top three.

Noah Ohlsen is a popular pick heading into 2015, and for good reason. Ohlsen won the 2014 South East Regional, impressed during the 2014 Games, and he has only gotten better since. After winning the Atlantic Regional, Ohlsen is in prime position to leap into the top three with a strong performance during the Games. Scott Panchik is as solid an athlete as anyone in the Games, and he looking to finish well during a fourth consecutive trip. Panchik finished fourth in 2012 and 2013 before finishing fifth in 2014. Panchik consistently rises to the competition, and he doesn’t particularly have a major weakness.

Chad Melton found a way into the 2015 Games.

Chad Melton worked his way into the 2015 Games.

Chad Melton is more of a dark horse candidate, but the Southern Californian competitor can’t be ignored after a solid regionals performance. Melton only had one event during Regionals in which he didn’t finish in the top 15. As he proved during the max Snatch event, Melton can handle the heavier weights. You also can’t forget that Melton is the man who beat both Josh Bridges and Kenny Leverich en route to an appearance at the Crossfit Games.

Women’s Division

  1. Kara Webb
  2. Camille Leblanc-Bazinet
  3. Annie Thorisdottir
  4. Emily Bridgers
  5. Lindsey Valenzuela

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Kara Webb was in prime position to win the 2014 Crossfit Games before a devastating injury took her out of competition. Now, the Australian competitor is fully healthy and headed for redemption. Webb had a strong performance during Regionals, and she appears ready to go. Camille Leblanc-Bazinet was the 2014 Crossfit Games Champion, and so far she looks to be in prime position for another strong performance. Bazinet is a fierce competitor who is strong in Olympic lifts and better at gymnastics. Annie Thorisdottir, the first ever repeat champ in 2011 and 2012, missed the 2013 Games before coming back to take second place in 2014. However, Annie is another year removed from the back injury that kept her out during 2013, and she will be looking to claim another top three finish.

Emily Bridgers finished sixth during the 2014 Games, but she appears ready for more heading into next week. Bridgers was downright impressive during the Regionals, taking the top spot after winning four different events. If Event Three from Regionals is any indication, Bridgers should be well prepared for anything Dave Castro can throw at her. A top five finish should be in Bridgers’ future.

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Lindsey Valenzuela missed the 2014 Games in heartbreaking fashion, and she has been on a mission ever since. Valenzuela was great during Regionals, including a top two finish during the Snatch event. Obviously, Valenzuela has her sights set on a podium finish, but top five is nothing to be ashamed of.

On a side note, Sam Briggs is definitely talented enough to take a top five spot, but her injury is just a little worrisome.

Teams Division

  1. NorCal Crossfit
  2. Crossfit Mayhem Freedom
  3. Ute Crossfit
  4. Crossfit Invictus
  5. Crossfit New England

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After an astoundingly dominating performance at Regionals, it is difficult to predict that any team will beat NorCal Crossfit. The addition of Jason Khalipa to an already strong team seems to have just pushed the team over the top. Of course, the team from Tennessee is no slouch either. Both James Hobart and 4x Games Champion Rich Froning competed individually during the 2014 Games, and they help make Mayhem a very strong team.

Ute Crossfit cleaned up during the South Regionals, winning three events en route to finishing 87 points ahead of second place. Like Mayhem and NorCal, Ute features a former individual competitor in team captain Tommy Hackenbruck. During the South Regionals, Ute Crossfit displayed impressive teamwork on the synchronized event, which could provide them with an advantage during the Games.

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Crossfit Invictus won the Games in 2014, so they are one of the favorites heading into the next week’s events. However, the roster is different this season, including the additions of Lauren Fisher and Rasmus Wisbech Andersen. Invictus will pose a major challenge to the other teams as long as everyone remains healthy. Will Lauren Fisher be fully recovered from the severe ankle sprain that hurt her Regionals performance?

Crossfit New England seems to be under the radar heading into the 2015 Games, but this team is stronger than many people think. CF New England only had one event during the East Regionals in which they didn’t finish in the top five—they finished sixth. It’s very difficult to find a weakness on CF New England, and there is enough talent to secure a top five finish at the 2015 Games.

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2 Newbs and a Burger: Episode 5 (Cameo)

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This week, Isaac and Andrew are out of town. Instead of canceling the podcast, John brought back a former host in David Neuberger to discuss the best cameo appearances in movies and TV.

Top Five Cameos

1) Tom Cruise in Tropic Thunder

2) Chuck Norris in Expendables 2

3) Danny Glover in Maverick

4) Jim Gaffigan in Super Troopers

5) Terry Bradshaw in The League

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Games, Sports, and More The Podcast: Episode 7 (Explicit Content)

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This week, John and Richard catch up on some of the important TV shows that have been airing before discussing the new explicit tag that the show gets. They also talk about some failed comedic sequels.

Important Stuff: 

True Detective

Anchorman

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2 Newbs and a Burger: Episode 4 (Racing Games)

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This week, the guys try to determine the top five racing video games of all time. Of course, this is a tougher task than originally believed because of the thousands of racing games created. Sadly, the Yaris racing game didn’t make the list.

Top Five Racing Games:

  1. Mario Kart 8
  2. Rock and Roll Racing
  3. Dirt 3
  4. Gran Turismo 5
  5. Blur
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Games, Sports, and More The Podcast: Episode 6 (Christopher Lee)

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This week, we kick back and discuss the sad news of Christopher Lee’s death. After a touching tribute, we also decide to discuss some college football, being old, and watching random television/movies.

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2 Newbs and a Burger: Episode 3 (Superheroes)

HellboyThis week, John and Isaac were joined by a guest named Chris to discuss The Avengers: Age of Ultron and some good old fashioned Marvel cinema. So, in honor of Age of Ultron, we decided to rank the top five superhero movies in movie history. These movies didn’t have to be Marvel or DC, but they did need to include some variety of hero. The list is as follows:

  1. The Dark Knight
  2. The Avengers
  3. Hellboy
  4. Captain America: The First Avenger
  5. Iron Man
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Games, Sports, and More The Podcast: Episode 5 (Tremors)

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This week, Richard and John discuss some important movie news before disagreeing about how awesome Melissa McCarthy is. What do you think about her?

Important Notes:

Tremors

Melissa McCarthy

 

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2 Newbs and a Burger: Episode 2 (Star Wars)

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This week, we are celebrating all things Star Wars in honor of Star Wars Celebration.

Ok, I’ll be honest, we did record this episode like a month ago, but don’t worry about that. We cover the top 5 Star Wars video games ever before deciding on the very best. Without further ado, here is the list:

1) Lego Star Wars: The Complete Saga

2) Knights of the Old Republic

3) Star Wars Jedi Knight II: Jedi Outcast

4) Star Wars: Shadows of the Empire

5) Star Wars: Battlefront II

 

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2 Newbs and a Burger: Episode 1 (The Rock)

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This week, we started a new podcast that covers the best of different topics. To start off, Isaac, John, and Andrew sat down to discuss the Rock and his best movies around. We chose the best five movies starring Dwayne “the Rock” Johnson before deciding on his best movie ever.

  1. The Rundown
  2. Furious 7
  3. Walking Tall
  4. The Other Guys
  5. Be Cool

Important Topics:

The Rock

 

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Games, Sports, and More the Podcast: Episode 4 (or 5)

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This week, John and Richard spend some time discussing the important trailers that were released out of nowhere. They cover Star Wars and Batman vs. Superman before moving on to a discussion about some good old video games.

Important Notes:

Mass Effect

Star Wars: The Force Awakens Trailer

 

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Games, Sports, and More: The Podcast #3 (Polamalu)

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This week, Richard and John discuss some very important topics. In fact, some of these topics are so important that they involve motorboats, funny noises, and terrorism. We also spend a lot of the episode discussing Troy Polamalu’s legacy vs. Ed Reed’s.

Important Notes:

Troy Polamalu

Squad Five-O

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Games, Sports, and More: The Podcast

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This Week, John and Richard sit back and discuss some important topics, such as the A-Team. Additionally, they also discuss Lethal Weapon, some video games, and some sports topics.

Important Topics:

The A-Team

Al Leong

 

 

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Untitled Podcast: Episode 1 (Double Lattes)

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Hello,

Welcome to the Beta test of a podcast. This podcast is slightly related to 2 Newbs and a Berger, but it’s different in that we also discuss sports. On this first beta episode, Richard and John sat down to discuss NFL trades, beating children, and some old school PC Gaming.

Important Topics:

Counter-Strike

NFL Trades and Free Agency

 

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My Predictions for 15.2 and Possibly 15.2A

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15.1 is in the books, and boy, was that workout a surprise. A 9-minute AMRAP of 15 Toes to Bar, 10 Deadlifts, and 5 Snatches was unexpected, yet it provided a great deal of fun and a lot more controversy. While Dave Castro may change up the workout a little to make the rules clearer, I do see him adding more repetitions during a longer time. Here is my (probably incorrect) prediction for 15.2.

15 Minute AMRAP

100 Wall Balls

60 Cal Row

30 Box Jumps

Dave Castro has a history of pairing wall ball shots with various other exercises, such as 13.3, where he combined 150 wall ball shots with 90 double unders and 30 muscle ups. This workout also followed the pattern of increasing time limits as the weeks progress. I could easily see Castro creating another workout with a large number of wall ball shots while pairing them with other leg destroying movements. I predict that there will be another row, because this is easier to track than running. Plus, multiple Open and Regional workouts have included calorie rows as essential components of harder workouts.

Of course, 15.2 may not consist of only these movements. Dave Castro threw in a wild card last week when he included 15.1A (max Clean and Jerk). Will Castro include another bonus portion of the Open? If so, I predict the following:

1 Rep Max Overhead Squat

Call it a prediction or wishful thinking. Either way, I think that max overhead squats could make an appearance during the second week of the Open.

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