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Comedian Beats Jeremy Lin in a Game of P-I-G

If you listen to ESPN in the background while you do the dishes, you know that Jeremy Lin is the greatest basketball player of all time if judging by how easy it is to make puns out of his name. Well a year ago, before all of this current [...]

By Jesse David Fox

Low Standards with John and Matt, Episode 1: Cool Runnings

Here's the debut episode of Low Standards with John and Matt, our new web series that focuses on movies that don't get the love or attention they deserve. Starring John Murray and Matt Fisher and produced by CamLin Productions, I couldn't be [...]

By Adam Frucci

ESPN’s Pretty Good Sports Show Brings New Yorkers Together

This week's Pretty Good Sports Show on ESPN.com continues its run of solidly funny episodes, defying the expectation that a non-comedic entity trying to do a humorous series alongside serious content will be universally terrible. But they [...]

By Adam Frucci

ESPN’s Pretty Good Sports Show Is Actually Pretty Good

There's a lot to be skeptical about when you hear that ESPN is producing an online comedic video series centered around New York sports. I mean, the venn diagram showing the overlap between online comedy fans and people who understand [...]

By Adam Frucci

The Mystery of the Pitmasters Stymies the ‘Times’

The Times, touching on a story Grub Street broke when Moses was in short pants, had a big feature on the dearth of experienced pitmasters Sunday, pegged on GS pal Big Lou Elrose of Wildwood. The piece marvels at the quick ascent of Big Lou from working an Ozone Park lunch wagon to his current post, but in fact, Elrose’s bones were made as Adam Perry Lang’s right hand man in competition; the lunch wagon was just a lark. Still, the city’s top pitmasters are as baffling to food writers as they are to the general public. Their job is hard to understand, because nothing they do happens while customers are present to observe. The pitmaster's art is exercised in the dead night, in secrecy and silence, and outside observers rarely get any glimpse of what it involves. There is one factor that never changes, though, and will always separate real pitmasters from merely titular ones.

Havana Chelsea, R.I.P.; Pigs Feet Run Amok in West Village

Chelsea: Havana Chelsea, one of the city’s top cubano sandwich spots, is no more. It will be replaced by Casa Havana. [Eat for Victory] Flatiron: Hampton Smoker blogger and barbecue savant Matt Fisher will be the pitmaster at Wildwood BBQ [White Trash BBQ] Lower East Side: ZoZos, Pizzeria De Santos give up the ghost. It’s a noodle bar town now. [American Madness] Related: Happy Valley Owners to Launch Pizza Empire Red Hook: Layla's, the replacement for the late, lamented Lillie's, is coming along. [Citysearch] SoHo: Provence has instituted happy hour, with $8 champagne and, more to the point, $2 oysters. [Strong Buzz] West Village: It’s all about pig feet at Hakata Tonton: “It’s as if chef/owner Himi Okajima watched the Bubba scene in Forrest Gump one day and replaced all mention of the word shrimp with pigs feet. Tonsoku carbonara, tonsoku rice ball, tonsoku consommé, sweet and sour pork with tonsoku…” [Gothamist]