The Best & Rest of 2017 Edition

The guys witness the news stories of the year and then discuss their favorites in art before handing out the Midside awards for 2017.

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The News with Daniel T.

The Hopeful Romantic with JML

  • Dramatic Movie of the Year
  • Comedic Movie of the Year
  • Animated Movie of the Year
  • Franchise Movie of the Year
  • Dramatic Television Show of the Year
  • Comedic Television Show of the Year
  • Science Fiction/Fantasy Show of the Year
  • Actor of the Year
  • Actress of the Year
  • Director of the Year
  • Writer of the Year
  • Musician of the Year
  • Comedian of the Year


This award is belongs to the Midsiders. Out of all of the stories we covered, which do you think is the most farcical of all?

2016: University Safe Space Training says accepting homosexuality is homophobic and Professor: If you read to your kids, you’re unfairly disadvantaging others (tie)


Of all the narcissists in the land of the free and home of the brave, who was the most narcissistic over the past 12 months? We have a feeling we’re all going to nominate and vote for the same person. (Though the predictions for such voting have been wrong before.)

2016: Hillary Clinton
2015: Donald Trump
2014: Obamacare Architect Jonathan Gruber


Who not only believed in some insane application of Social Justice, but made real steps in reality (ha!) to “make a difference”?

2016: The Fidel Castro Eulogizers
2015: Bernie Sanders (everything he does) and Yale Students (history revisionism) (tie)
2014: Buzz Feed’s Ariane Lange for her article 12 Female Characters Who Keep Shaving Despite Constant Peril


Who did the most Tom Brady thing and excelled when everyone said he/she/it couldn’t? Maybe Tom Brady?

2016: Zack Snyder for the Ultimate Edition of Batman v Superman
2015: Tom Brady
2014: Tom Brady


What event or accomplishment would reduce Zack Snyder to awe to the point that he could only call it awesome? Don’t use Snyder’s metric. Use your own and trust that he’s as awesome as you are.

2016: Uber & Lyft leaving Austin after the city passes anti-ride-share regulations
2015: Carrie Fisher for her defense of slave Leia
2014: Firestone for fighting Ebola in Africa more effectively than any government did


Who created the greatest work of Romantic art in 2016?

2016: Damien Chazelle for La La Land
2015: Bryan Fuller for Hannibal
2014: Christopher Nolan for Interstellar