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2 Newbs and a Burger: Episode 16 (Concerts)


This week called for another series of individual lists. Isaac, John, and Chris broke down their top five concerts of all time. Sure, they all have some common history with concerts, but not enough to create a combined list.

John Choices

  1. Def Leppard with Poison and Cheap Trick
  2. Mad Caddies with Love Equals Death on Cinco de Mayo
  3. Flogging Molly with the Street Dogs and the Briggs
  4. Bullet for My Valentine with Bleeding Through and the Cancer Bats
  5. Bouncing Souls with Street Dogs and Whole Wheat Bread

Isaac Choices

  1. Weird Al/Avenged Sevenfold at Warped ‘03
  2. Five Iron Frenzy
  3. Flogging Molly with the Briggs and Street Dogs
  4. Social Distortion in Bend with Lindy Ortega
  5. OffFest with Shadows Fall, The Haunted, In Flames, Black Dahlia Murder

Chris Choices

  1. Chris Isaak at the Portland Zoo
  2. In Flames with Devil Driver
  3. Flogging Molly with Street Dogs and the Briggs
  4. Hatebreed with Black Dahlia Murder, Exodus, Napalm Death, First Blood, and Despised Icon
  5. Rammstein

2 Newbs and a Burger: Episode 15 (Comedic Films)


This week, the hosts sat down to discuss the best comedic films ever made. There were some random choices, but ultimately the they made a solid list. Let us know your favorite comedies.


  1. Hot Fuzz
  2. Blazing Saddles
  3. Tucker & Dale VS. Evil
  4. The Big Lebowski
  5. Mystery Science Theater 3000 the movie

2 Newbs and a Burger: Episode 14 (Competitive Games)


This week, the group got together to discuss the top five competitive multiplayer games of all time. They started with Mario Kart and kept the argument rolling. We did mention some Starcraft and Star Wars: Galactic Battleground.

  • Super Mario Kart
  • Call of Duty 1-Modern Warfare 2 (Excluding 3)
  • Halo: Master Chief Collection
  • Mortal Kombat
  • Worms World Party

Games Sports and More the Podcast: Episode 11

This week, John and Richard kick back and discuss some movies and video games that are trending. Richard watched the Entourage movie, and John played some Mad Max and Tony Hawk Pro Skater 5. The hosts also discuss some of the Star Wars: Battlefront and Black Ops III beta action that has been going on.

Important Topics:

Star Wars: Battlefront

Entourage Movie

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STAR WARS™ Battlefront™ Beta_20151010135025


2 Newbs and a Burger: Episode 12 (Shame Songs II)


Technically, we say that this is episode 11 in the intro, but it’s actually episode 12. We celebrated that mistake by discussing music that we should be ashamed to listen to. Isaac brought up Taylor Swift, John brought up Simple Plan, and Chris brought up S.O.D. It was definitely a strange mix.


Games Sports and More: The Podcast – Episode 10 (Def Lepp)

Left to right: Raphael, Splinter, Donatello, Leonardo, Michelangelo, and Megan Fox as April O'Neil in TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES, from Paramount Pictures and Nickelodeon Movies.

Left to right: Raphael, Splinter, Donatello, Leonardo, Michelangelo, and Megan Fox as April O’Neil in TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES, from Paramount Pictures and Nickelodeon Movies.

This week, Richard and John kicked back and discussed some important live performances. Richard went and met Def Leppard, and John prepared to see Christopher Titus. They also discussed some video games, movies, and stand up comedy specials.

Important Stuff:

Steve Rannazzisi

Def Leppard

Brian Regan


2 Newbs and a Burger: Episode 11 (Cooperation Kills)



This week, the group gets together trying to figure out the best cooperative video games of all time. The discussion is very interesting, but they still manage to figure out a top five list.

  1. Borderlands Franchise
  2. Halo: Combat Evolved
  3. Zombies Ate My Neighbors
  4. TMNT Turtles in Time
  5. Contra 3
  6. Honorable Mention: Army of Two 40th Day and Magicka

2 Newbs and a Burger: Episode 10 (F*ck Troy Duffy, Y’all)


This week, the group got together to discuss the best Westerns of all time. This was a long and difficult decision to have, especially when you consider all of the Clint Eastwood films. Somehow, we managed to get the list down to five items. Enjoy.


  1. True Grit (Jeff Bridges)
  2. Tombstone
  3. Silverado
  4. Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid
  5. Quigley Down Under
  6. The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly (honorable mention)

Games Sports and More The Podcast: Episode 9 (Food and Football)


This week, John and Richard are back to discuss some super random topics. They cover football, food, Mark Sanchez, and some good movies.

Important Stuff:

USC vs. Penn State Rose Bowl

Hot Wings

Mission: Impossible: Rogue Nation


2 Newbs and a Burger: Episode 9 (Worst Sequels)


This week, we have a full house to discuss the worst movie sequels of all time. This was a long and partially drunken conversation, but we found a way to create a good list. In addition, we also made a very important bet. We guessed the Rotten Tomatoes rating for the upcoming Independence Day sequel. Closest person to both the critic and fan ratings gets the opportunity to make the other hosts watch a truly terrible movie. So, here are the list and the ratings.

Top Five Worst Sequels (Theatrical Release Only)

  1. Ocean’s Twelve
  2. Boondock Saints II: All Saints Day
  3. M:I:II
  4. Blues Brothers 2000
  5. Matrix Reloaded
  6. Independence Day 2: Resurgence (Honorable Mention)


Rotten Tomato Predictions for Independence Day 2

John – 25%

Chris – 12 %

Isaac – 13%

Andrew – 17% 

Critic Rating for Independence Day 2

Chris – 23%

John – 29%

Andrew – 31%

Isaac – 25%


2 Newbs and a Burger: Episode 8 (Sequels)


This week’s top five was extremely difficult to figure out. Isaac, John, Chris, and Andrew all love movies, but they have vastly different opinions. These opinions came into play when they tried to figure out the Top Five sequels in movie history.

For the rules: the sequels had to be direct sequels, they had to be better than the originals, and they had to be a continuing story. So, James Bond and Indiana Jones didn’t count.

  1. Empire Strikes Back
  2. Aliens
  3. The Dark Knight
  4. Terminator 2
  5. Army of Darkness

Games Sports and More The Podcast: Episode 8 (Racist Earbuds)

Eugene Mirman

Eugene Mirman

This week, John and Richard are attempting a new recording method as they combine skype and garageband. They discuss some random topics like video games and confusing comedians.

Let us know if you like the audio quality by emailing johnhnewby@gmail.com, or send a message on Twitter @realnewby.

Al Madrigal

Al Madrigal


2 Newbs and a Burger: Episode 7 (F*CK Troy Duffy)


This week, we have a full house to discuss a very important topic – the best deaths in movie history. Somehow, we started with a list of 31 items and managed to whittle it down to five. That’s impressive.

  1. Accidental shooting of Phil Lamarr from Pulp Fiction
  2. John Hurt from Alien
  3. Hans Gruber from Die Hard
  4. Shooting the Swordsman in Raiders of the Lost Ark
  5. Han Solo Blowing Away Greedo



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


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

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


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.


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


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.


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.