Week 5 NFL Picks, with Pictures of Trump Models

Trump model Heather Hahn's Instagram, nflshop.com

My football picks hit a snag last week.

After three weeks of success and a nice early Sunday morning Jets win in London, everything went downhill and I ended up 4-5 on the week—not up to the standards of my wealthy backer, Sir Wolfred Arthurson Summerfield-Platt VII.

To make my picks great again, I am enlisting a secret weapon: the women of Donald Trump’s modeling agency. While Platt believes that Trump is too poor to be a good leader, it is undeniable that the real estate mogul’s employees are the most beautiful and classy women in the world.

Eight picks this week, all inspired by Trump:

The Wine Bible

Jancis Robinson tasting at home

My fiancée, who is otherwise appropriately territorial, has told me that if ever I am going to be permitted a hall pass in our relationship it will be for Jancis Robinson alone. Robinson, who has been writing about wine for 40 years now, is the lead editor and general force behind The Oxford Companion to Wine, The World Atlas of Wine, and Wine Grapes—this last, lavishly illustrated volume weighing in (an appropriate metaphor in this case) at 1,280 pages. She is the wine columnist for the Financial Times and edits an eponymous website for subscribers—devoted, of course, to the grape. In 1984, she became the first person not directly employed in the wine business to pass the hilariously demanding Master of Wine exam.

‘Drunk Stoned Brilliant Dead’ Review

Garry Goodrow, Peter Elbling, Chevy Chase, Christopher Guest, John Belushi, Mary-Jennifer Mitchell and Alice Peyton in DRUNK STONED BRILLIANT DEAD: THE STORY OF THE NATIONAL LAMPOON / National Lampoon

As is often the case with such endeavors, Drunk Stoned Brilliant Dead—a documentary about the early years of the National Lampoon comedy empire—is never shy about showering praise on its subject matter. This is a celebration, not an examination, and those looking for a critique of the brilliantly ribald publication, radio show, off-Broadway play, and film franchise are best off going elsewhere.

Fame in the YouTube Age

'business' 'insider' 'entertainment'

Amanda Hess* has a good piece on the life and death (mostly the death) of a 13-year-old YouTube “star” whose untimely passing due to an undiagnosed health problem led to his earning more fame than ever. There’s a lot of interesting stuff going on here (Gawker, as ever, remains a particularly scummy enterprise) but the crux of the post is that the “traditional” (read: print/TV and blogs older than six months) media made this kid actually famous after he died:

PLO Slams Stern Defense of Israel

Howard Stern

The Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) attacked and demanded an apology from radio host Howard Stern on Wednesday, a day after Stern offered a full-throated defense of the Jewish state and lashed out a Pink Floyd rocker Roger Waters for supporting boycotts of Israel.

Art and Commerce: or, Why I Hate Draft Kings

You're pushing it, Lemon.

Emily Nussbaum, the New Yorker‘s fantastic TV critic, has an essay in that magazine on the relationship between advertising and television that is well worth your time. It works as both a critique of native advertising and a history; as one wise show put it, all this has happened before and all of it will happen …