Me and Ken Jennings are blood rivals. I called him Quiz Kid Donnie Smith once on Twitter a long time ago and he responded by typing variations of “you’re not famous” all afternoon. Blood rivals.
So it is with great interest as both a wrestling fan and a Not Famous Guy that I share with you these behind the scenes shots of Jennings having a “Trivia Death Match” to promote his app. Guess what it’s called! Ken’s opponent is none other than El Fénix Mundial, the most famous luchador in all of … uh, the Seattle metropolitan area. He’s a legit luchador, don’t get me wrong. You can tell by the fact that he once wrestled fat lucha libre Wolverine.
Ken has lots of love to give, he just doesn’t know where to put it, as seen in this excerpt from Ken-Jennings.com:
A lot of people see these pics and are like “Which one are you, Ken?” Fénix and are both in pretty awesome shape but I’m the one in the cooler outfit. Anyway, the masked marvel could not have been a nicer guy. ¡Gracias por todo, Fénix!
Here are a few more pics from the match (also from Ken-Jennings.com, via Facebook), spotlighting Ken’s love of pro graps fun and his slow descent into being Daniel Tosh’s nerdy dad.
You’d think they’d just redo Rockpocalypse with a white guy instead of a beige guy and replace “movie set” with “backstage at a WWE event,” but nope, John Cena’s getting a racing game. I don’t know, because racing games are easy to make? The best part is that despite announcing “John Cena racing game app,” WWE has no idea what to actually DO with it, and is polling the WWE Universe for advice. Here are your options:
- Be sure you’re reading With Leather’s This Week In Horrible-Looking People every Monday. It’s wrestling related, and features 100% more jokes about Scott Steiner looking like Mark Wahlberg than The Best And Worst Of WWE Raw.
Here’s a quick list of the worst things an athlete can do with his money during or after his professional career:
1. Fund an energy drink business 2. Make a mobile gaming app
“Get divorced because you can’t stop sleeping with strippers” is a solid number three. Anyway, free agent point guard Baron Davis tore is MCL and ACL in a Knicks game back in May, so he’s used a chunk of that 12-month recovery time to spearhead Getting Buckets, a … ugh, mobile gaming app that features basketball players doing basketball things, but nobody actually playing basketball. Not too late to make Getting Buckets an energy drink, Baron.
Getting Buckets is first gaming app from 5 Balloons Interactive, a collaboration between NBA basketball player and businessman Baron Davis and 15 year interactive entertainment producer, Sean O’Brien, which includes Baron, Steve Nash, Rajon Rondo, Brandon Jennings and Candace Parker. It is a 3D endless runner like you have never seen before routed in the sport and culture of basketball.
Because it’s routed in the sport and culture of basketball, Getting Buckets lets your character be a basketball player and hold a basketball while running down a city street, doing power slides under construction barriers, jumping over cars and collecting orange cans with ‘No Fear’ eyes on them forever for no reason. I thought they were cheeseburgers at first. Can I just put on a headband and play the race states in Battletoads instead?
I don’t write for Gamma Squad and have no real qualifications to talk about video games beyond “I’ve played a lot of them because I haven’t ever been cool”, but man, when did everything start looking like a shitty thing to do between rolls in Mario Party? Getting Buckets doesn’t need a junction system or class upgrades or whatever, but it’s 2012, guys. Our phones can do so much more than “Mario sliding down an incline and jumping to get coins, but non-stop until you put it down”.
And for the record, my favorite endless-runner is Wind Waker.
R.I.P. Peyton Manning - Gone too soon. He was one of the greats! Once we’ve stopped Kony, we’ll never stop remembering you. [KSK]
Peyton Manning Is a Great Tipper - In contrast, Mark Shapiro of the Cleveland Indians once tipped me four dollars on 25. Danny Ferry tipped me 7 on 35. I guess Cleveland sports guys use the tipping chart. [The FW]
The 3 Best DJing Apps Out Now - I downloaded all three of these just so I could walk into a room and yell, “DJ BLUNTZ IS IN THE BUIL-DING!” [Smoking Section]
TV Network Power Rankings: What’s Their Greatest Season Ever? - Every time I read “Power Rankings” I read it as “Power Rangers”, so I got upset when I clicked these and didn’t see Galaxy anywhere. [Warming Glow]
Valve Is Not Making a Game Console. It’s Making Something Better - They’re making a wonderful dream where Half-Life 2: Episode 3 was released four years ago and Valve never beat us to death with delays. [Gamma Squad]
Patricia Heaton (The Mom From ‘Everybody Loves Raymond’) Makes A Staggering A$s Of Herself On Twitter - Hey G-Town Gal: When you become rich, you convince yourself that you “did it right” and everyone else is making ridiculous mistakes! Don’t have compassion or perspective, plz! [UPROXX]
The Improbable Rise And Unsurprising Fall Of LulzSec - The FBI was trying to beat down Tommy Dreamer, but the lights went out, and when they came on SABU HAD MADE HIS RETURN TO THE ECW ARENA. [UPROXX]
AVENGERS ACHTUNG! Downey chews scenery in the German Avengers trailer - My favorite member of DIE AVENGERS is DIE HULK. [Film Drunk]
Will You Be Buying Apple’s New, Improved iPad? - Yes, because I have a girlfriend with brand loyalty and nothing better to buy. [Smoking Section]
The 9 Funniest Former ‘Daily Show’ Correspondents - Never appearing on this list: Aasif Mandvi. Thanks for your weird voice and helping ruin ‘The Last Airbender’, jerk. [HuffPost Comedy]
Brazilian late-night shows are a far sight better than their American counterparts: Exhibit A - Exhibit B, they freaky with big ol’ booties and they thongs? Blue yellow and green! [FARK]
You’re the Vulgarian, You F*ck: Our Favorite Verbal Film Fights | The 2011 Fun Oscars - Robert Guillaume vs. Morgan Freeman in Lean On Me is still my favorite. I don’t have time for Mrs. Elliott’s problem! [Pajiba]