AMERICOLBERT THE BEAUTIFUL
Rest easy, Colbert Nation. Stephen Colbert has returned. The Late Show with Stephen Colbert debuted last week on CBS, and while show didn't revolutionize the late night format during its first week (though Colbert's deeply emotional and personal interview with vice president Joe Biden is unlike any interview I've ever seen on a late night talk show), it's just nice to have Colbert back in our pop culture lives. The show kicked thing off in a manner befitting the former hyperpatriot—with Colbert singing "The Star-Spangled Banner" across America.
The Late Show with Stephen Colbert had a few musical highlights in its first week (including the energetic spirit of the show's house band Jon Batiste and Stay Human and its opening show rendition of "Everyday People" that included Colbert, Mavis Staples, Brittany Howard of Alabama Shakes, Ben Folds, Buddy Guy, Beirut, and more), but nothing compared to Tuesday night's performance by Kendrick Lamar. The rapper played of a medley of songs from his acclaimed album To Pimp a Butterfly (a shoo-in to be multiple outlets' 2015 album of the year). The combination of "Wesley's Theory," "Momma," "King Kunta," and "u" perfectly showcased the album's mix of intensity, poetic lyricism, and swagger.
KEY AND R.I.P.EELE
So long, Key and Peele. Your final episode may have aired last Wednesday, but your efforts to raise the bar for cinematic sketch comedy these past five seasons won't soon be forgotten. Considering you still threw out absurd gems like this on your last show, you will be missed.
(Ed note: Air date corrected.)
TOO SOON, SEAHAWKS FANS?
The end of last year's Super Bowl is the darkest moment in Seahawks history. But it seems Marshawn Lynch has gotten over it. The seventh and final season of the FXX fantasy football sitcom The League (which aired last Wednesday) opened with the show's resident idiot savant Taco and Lynch (Taco's business partner via a past cameo) on a beach, where the prospect of beer delivery via toss or handoff soon led to disaster. Hey, if Beast Mode can make a joke about it, why can't you? (Though Lynch probably finds less humor in the sweet irony of losing the very next game that counts—yesterday's season opener—by failing to convert when handed the ball in a similar short yardage situation.)
ONE MORE DAY OF REIGN
In happier local sports news, Seattle Reign FC captured a spot in the NWSL Championship Game on Sunday night by defeating the Washington Spirit three to zero at Memorial Stadium. The game was deadlocked at zero to zero until the 71st minute when substitute Beverly Yanez scored off a Megan Rapinoe cross (I'm no coach, but maybe keeping the league's 5th leading goal scorer on the bench for the first 70 minutes isn't the best plan). The Reign tacked on two more goals including a blast by Rapinoe in the 75th minute (which can be seen below). The Reign will now face off against FC Kansas City for the title on Thursday, October 1 at Providence Park in Portland (???). The game kicks off at 6:30 and will be televised on Fox Sports 1.
(Side note: Why the heck does the NWSL have a destination title game? This isn't the Super Bowl. It's a low level pro league title in a sport where previous leagues have gone under. I want you to succeed, NWSL, but this seems like a move for a league trying to fail. I don't care if the Portland Thorns FC led the league in attendance. That was Portland fans going to see the Portland team. Sure, some fans might travel from Seattle to Portland for the championship, but if the Reign got to host the game for having the best record all year, that would honor the spirit of competition and they'd be able to pack the place. I mean, what if the Reign had lost and it was teams from Kansas City and Washington, DC, playing a title game in Portland? Who goes to that game?)
Seattle Reign FC vs. Washington Spirit: Megan Rapinoe Goal - S...
Megan Rapinoe put the game out of reach late with a second Seattle goal.Posted by National Women's Soccer League on Sunday, September 13, 2015