History Is Made With The Dude Of The Week
"The Dude Of The Week" first started on my Facebook page in March 2009, because I didn't know what to do with that text box that they added underneath your profile picture. Finally, I thought the perfect way to utilize that useless addition would be to present the latest "man crush" that I've developed over the past seven days. I did it for six years straight, week after week without interruption - until I stopped. Now, with the success of The Keystone Statement, I bring DOTW back from it's Internet depths. So without any more verbal garbage, here it is.
This week I'm give you a three-banger since I haven't updated since the NFL Draft, but the wait is worth it because history was to be made...
The Dude Of The Week For 4/30/17: James Conner
Joey Porter is a glorified jock degenerate coach with a bullet in his ass and Mike Tomlin is an underachiever in the playoffs, but I absolutely love the Steelers' draft choices this year. I wouldn't be surprised if Dan Rooney showed up Jacob Marley style in the situation room to say "pick up some character guys, we kind of need it right now and why are there no trash cans in this city of Philadelphia?". One of those character guys was Erie-born, Pitt-educated James Conner, who would be #1 overall pick if the draft was focused on a good teammate, good leader aspect. Guy battles Hodgkin's Lymphoma and returns to become First Team All-ACC? Even though he may have more of a short-yardage impact than he will as a full-time starter, this is a guy Pittsburgh will be more than happy to have stick around. As a Jets fan, a team that is not only in need of character, but any sort of football talent, I was crossing my fingers that Tony Richardson would announce him as their pick before he encapsulated the current franchise's state with a "J-E-T-E Jets, Jets, Jets", but it was not meant to be.
The Dude(tte) Of The Week For 5/7/17: Carrie Coon
Awww stop them presses, dozens of readers. This is indeed a DOTW first. A few years back I once considered Betty White when she turned 90, but I held back. However, I could not deny the acting chops of and my undeniable attraction to the talented Carrie Coon and had to make her the first ever "Lady Dude Of The Week". Her celebrity crush transcends the historic likes of Paula Abdul, the chick mouse from Chip 'N Dale: Rescue Rangers, and the blonde singer from Wilson Phillips for me as Ms. Coon is a heavy hitter when it comes to damn good television. She's on two of the best written shows currently rocking in FX's Fargo and HBO's The Leftovers and she kicks ass in both roles. I've yet to see any of this current season of The Leftovers (HBO Now is quite the temptation), but she kills it as Eden Valley's technology un-savvy chief (but not chief) of police, Gloria Burgle. It saddens me that both of these stints will only last until early-mid summer since this is Leftovers final season and Fargo typically changes it's cast and story every year, but I'm digging it while it lasts
The Dude Of The Week For 5/14/17: Arkells
When you interview a Juno-award winning band on their tour bus to talk sports and this band happens to be your favorite going today, how can you not make them DOTW? I could ramble on, but why don't you listen to my interview right here? And here's their new hit "Knocking At The Door" which happens to be the #1 song on Canadian alternative radio: