Monday Roundup: SNL40, St. Louis Cardinals

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The Blues Brothers perform on SNL40, St. Louis Cardinals begin Spring Training and more

The Blues Brothers perform on SNL40, St. Louis Cardinals begin Spring Training and more

Monday February 16, 2015

St. Louis Cardinals Get New Cooking Trailer

The St. Louis Cardinals begin Spring Training this Friday. Jason Heyward is of course the most hyped new toy in the team’s arsenal  but he isn’t the shiniest. The team’s chef, Tony Lusky, gets to play with that toy. The team has rented Lusky a 40-foot commercial cooking trailer to cook from this spring after having him cook under a tent outside the clubhouse last year. The trailer lets Lusky and his team spread out with 25 feet of space to cook and a 12-shelf Ole Hickory Pit barbecue smoker. The team has been on quite the nutrition kick in recent years. Lusky is also planting a garden in at the team’s stadium in Jupiter to grow vegetables and herbs for his cooking. Adam Wainwright has helped Lusky with the gardening, which uses plastic tubs filled with dirt and a watering system pulled from Pinterest. Chris Door, the owner of Paddy O’s, is leasing the trailer to the team. Lusky says that he is working with Strange Donuts on a healthier donut for the players and staff.

Stars Gather To Celebrate Saturday Night Live‘s 40th Anniversary

Dan Aykroyd opened the 3 1/2-hour celebration of Saturday Night Live‘s 40 years last night. BuzzFeed has a look at the stars on the red carpet for the event. The site also has the 27 Best Moments from SNL 40. Many of the stars that appeared on the special reprized their roles from when they were on the show before they got their big breaks. Here’s how the SNL characters looked then and last night.

Taylor Swift appeared and Betty White made out with Bradley Cooper. Mike Myers and Dana Carvey closed out the show with this Wayne’s World sketch.


John Oliver Slams Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue On Last Week Tonight with John Oliver

Like Deadspin, John Oliver wonders how the Sports Illustrated swimsuit issue is still a thing.


Thousands Head To Soulard For 2015 Mardi Gras Grand Parade

Attendance was down a bit but thousands of people still headed down to Soulard on Saturday for the 2015 Mardi Gras Bud Light Grand Parade. 67 idiots made the trek down and got arrested, including 55 on charges of minor in possession of alcohol. Thomas Crone of St. Louis Magazine has some great pictures from riding along with the Banana Bike Brigade. The St. Louis Post-Dispatch has a slideshow of pictures from the day, including the Supplement Superstores High Heel Drag Race. The Riverfront Times also has a slideshow of pictures of Soulard Mardi Gras revelers.

ISIS Threatens To “Conquer Rome”, 4,000 US Troops To Kuwait

Over the weekend the militant group ISIS released a video purporting to show the beheading of 21 Egyptian Christians that the group had kidnapped in Libya. A masked leader says that the group “will conquer Rome, by Allah’s permission”. Egypt sent planes in this morning to bomb Islamic State targets in Libya this morning in response. 4,000 American soldiers from Fort Carson are on their way to Kuwait in preparation for a possible war with the ISIS terrorists.

Jim Cantore Of The Weather Channel Goes Crazy Over Thundersnow

Jim Cantore is a meteorologist for The Weather Channel. He was recently out covering the blizzard in the Northeast when he experienced “thundersnow” and got really excited.

New York City Murderless Streak Ends At 12 Days

Eric Roman died on Saturday in New York City from a gunshot wound he suffered the day before as he was walking home with a friend. The death ended a streak of 12 days where the city didn’t see a single murder. Sadly, that was believed to be the longest the city had gone without a murder since the early 1990s.

Karlie Kloss And Taylor Swift Grace Vogue Cover

Karlie Kloss, a native St. Louisan and her bestie, Taylor Swift, are on the cover of the March issue of Vogue. Here’s the pair playing “The Best Best Friend Game”.


Fifty Shades Of Grey Tops Weekend Box Office

As predicted, Fifty Shades of Grey topped the weekend box office. Fifty Shades took in $85 million over the traditional Friday-Sunday weekend and will bring in more with today being Presidents’ Day. Kingsman: The Secret Service, which was excellent, brought in $36.225 million for second place. The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out Of Water, fell 42.8 percent in its second weekend to an estimated $31.7 million for third place.

Fifty Shades of Grey opened to a staggering $158 million overseas to give it $253 million in its first four days of release. The film was made for an estimated $40 million. American Sniper brought in another $16.5 million over the weekend to pass the $300 million mark.

We’ll have more on the numbers as well as previews of Hot Tub Time Machine 2, The DUFF and McFarland, USA on Thursday in our Weekend Movie Guide.

Brian McBride Inducted Into National Soccer Hall Of Fame

Brian McBride signed with the Saint Louis University Billikens in 1990 and went on to amass 72 goals and 40 assists in his four-year SLU career on the pitch. After SLU, he went on to play 11 years n Major League Soccer and seven seasons in England. McBride was inducted in the National Soccer Hall of Fame over the weekend along with Bob Bradley and Kristine Lilly. In his induction speech McBride gave credit to basically everyone expect himself for the honor.

Zach LaVine WOWs In Winning 2015 Sprint Slam Dunk Contest

The NBA All-Star Game was held over the weekend, in case you didn’t know. A highlight of the weekend is always the Slam Dunk Contest. Zach LaVine, a 19-year-old 6’5″ rookie with the Minnesota Timberwolves, won the contest this year and did so in jaw-dropping fashion. LaVine was asked after the contest who he would bet on in a hypothetical contest between himself and LeBron James. His response? “I never go against my own talent so I’ve got to say me”.

Here are all of Zach LaVine’s dunks from the 2015 Sprite NBA Slam Dunk contest, including a dunk he called  the Space Jam dunk.


More Than 100 People Attend Cuddle Con

Do you ever feel like you just want to cuddle? You don’t have anyone in mind, you just want to cuddle with SOMEONE? Apparently there are people out there like that and this lady has a business based on it. Samantha Hess calls herself a professional cuddle and runs Cuddle Up To Me, which “provides a platonic touch for clients through cuddling sessions”. Cuddle sessions are $1 per minute and according to the company’s website, can be booked for “15 minutes to 5 hours.”

Hess and her company put on Cuddle Con over the weekend in Portland, Oregon. The schedule lists the opening event as an “Open Snuggle Party with Celebrity Professional Cuddler Samantha Hess”. You should probably just read the CNN article and the Cuddle Con schedule for yourself. Not enough reading for you on the subject, Samantha Hess of course has a book out. Buy Touch: The Power of Human Connection for $19.99.

Steel Panther Releases Kanye Diss Track

Steel Panther is a comedic metal band that has something to say to Kanye West after he dissed Beck at the Grammys recently.




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