New Substandard Addresses Dying Malls, Dying Wrestlers


It’s an all-death issue of The Substandard, judged by many neutral sources to be the greatest podcast on God’s green Earth (or J’onn’s red Mars, for that matter). Vic Matus and JVL discuss the heyday of malls—they’re old—while I talk about how I can’t respect people who go to shopping centers without a discrete shopping agenda. I’m basically Shannon from Mallrats. Though, you know, not in certain aspects. We also talk about wrestling for a bit, and I reveal the most important life lesson you can derive from watching dudes in spandex grab each other.

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NFL Divisional Round Picks, with Pictures

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Over the summer I attended a concert by a mediocre 90s band and was asked by its lead singer whether I believed in science. At the time, I did.

But then I lived through the NFL’s wild card weekend and witnessed the clearest evidence to date indicating that we are living in a post-science era of world history.

New Substandard Discusses Actors Who Direct, NFL Playoffs

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Actors who want to direct! The NFL playoffs! Drama at the Golden Globes! All this and (a very little bit!) more in this week’s Substandard! Leave a review here! Subscribe in iTunes or Google Play or other podcast thingies! Do one of those and I promise not to use any exclamation points next week!

Is Meryl Streep Overrated?

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So, obviously, the only thing anyone cares about from the Golden Globes last night—anyone except the fulminators of Film Twitter fuming about La La Land’s triumph, that is—is Meryl Streep’s speech and the reaction it prompted from President-elect Donald Trump.

NFL Wild Card Picks, With Pictures

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At the beginning of this NFL season I announced that I was no longer going to partake in football betting as a scientific experiment.